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John’s Completed His 1955 USAF M-38A1 Build

• CATEGORIES: Builds, M-38A1

John’s complete the build of a 1955 M-38A1 USAF. Looks well done!

My 1955 M38A1 is finished.
I bought it in late 2021 and has Dave Arnold (the area’s leading MV guy) go over it.
It had recently had an engine rebuild, so it was just the usual stuff as well as all new seals, radiator and wiring harness.

Wanting seatbelts, I wanted something period correct, so I used aircraft seat belts like the motor pool could have gotten from base supply. They were reconditioned by an aircraft supply store.
I also got an orange/white “flightline flag”, that vehicles had to display back then. The holder used an existing hole. Finally, there is a decal on the dash explained the control tower traffic signals; back then they used a light gun in place of a radio.

The power plug is operational and I bought a slave cable that is compare with airplanes (today’s planes use the same 24v plug). So when I’m at the airport, I could jumpstart aircraft.

Lacking a hood number, I put it in USAF Markings and made it from Larson AFB (Moses Lake, WA), and my dad’s unit circa ’55-57…the
62nd Troop Carrier Wing. I was born at Larson a couple of weeks before the Jeep was built.

The current Hood number is, in AF style:
55 (year contracted for),
K (Military vehicle, General Purpose),
82551 (Willys serial).

The paint is the PPG formula, (I fixed test shots of the other two and This looked best). Growing up in AF based and spending 20 years in myself, I knew what looked correct to me.
Since gloss finish shows body issues, I had some minor bodywork and final paint done by a pro body guy.
When our purchased, it was straight (except the back panel was pushed in a bit from a backing accident…we straightened it, but most of the damage was covered by the spare tire) with no rust except in the fuel tank well.”

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1983 DJ-5 Anderson, IN $3500


A different take on a mail-looking jeep. Thanks to Roger Martin for sharing it.

“Posting my running and driving 83 right hand drive postal jeep. Only selling to make more room in the garage. Jeep is not restored but does run and drive. Has bigger rims and tires. automatic transmission with the Chrysler 2.5L motor. All lights work. Headlights are out of 2017 jeep wrangler. Shoot cash or trade offers. thank for looking”

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1953 CJ-3B Arvada, CO $7000


Seems worth a look.

“6 Volt System Dual Battery System 3 Speed Manual Trans 4 Cylinder 4×4 Rear Locker New Clutch Assembly 2019 Fair Tires Bikini Top Snow Plow Tire Chain 2-5 Gallon Jerry Cans Spare Tire 6v LED Headlights Seats Re-Apolstered 2013 Speedometer Snowplow PTO Winch New Heatercore 2021 Dual Batteries Good glass all around It is a good snowplowing SoB!! CASH ONLY!!!!”

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1946 CJ-2A Spring Creek, NV $6000


I’m guessing the seller means “rebuilt T-90 transmission”?

“1946 Willys CJ2A see photos, and recent work in listing. Comes with extra rebuilt T95 transmission, transfer case, new soft top and Goodyear Wranglers.”

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1972 CJ-5 Jackson, MI $500


This includes a full Meyer hardtop.

“Military Jeep Project New front fenders & Windshield Frame Hard top with steel doors Does not run Have clean title”

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1952 M-38A1 Lake Forest Park, WA $7000


Lots of work looks completed.

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“1952 Willys M38A1 project for sale. I have lost steam; it hasn’t been touched for several years so time to move on. The vehicle is not currently running but everything you see on the vehicle has been restored or replaced. Primary tasks left: – radiator and cooling system – fuel system – all electrical – front seats Included in the sale is only what is shown in the pictures. – Everything currently attached to jeep. – hood and fenders are included and are fully restored. – front seat frames are included but not yet restored – radiator is included but not yet restored – rollbar is included – spare tire (not pictured) included and restored – canvas top (not pictured) is usable. No other parts are included. Some surface rust starting to work its way back on the frame and the body. The engine was rebuilt many years ago but I haven’t gotten around to starting it (electrical and cooling not yet completed). Only significant modification I can think of is that it has been converted from 24 volt to a 12 volt system. Has many of the fording kit components installed. Have title in my name. Have collector plates for the jeep so no more annual registration. Price is $7,000 firm.”

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1957 CJ-5 Atlanta, GA $10,500


Tom shared this refurbed CJ-5 with a Kubota swap.

“1957 WILLYS The engine has been replaced with a Kubota V2203 40hp at 2800 3 speeds manual 4 wheel drive runs and drives . Bill of sale. May consider a trade. $15.000 Invested . No scammers or low ballers.”

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1978 DJ-5G Greeley, CO $1600


Hard to find a postal-looking jeep at this price anymore.

“1978 dj5g postal delivery jeep Project jeep for sale. Motor will fire up if jumped. Everything’s there and this guy could be driving around town or plowing your drive way with little work. Right hand drive New spark plugs, alternator, ignition Definitely needs a battery and a windshield She’s old and rusty but full of character definitely a head turner Must tow or trailer away Located in Greeley $1600 OBO that’s less than I’ve got in it”

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Year? Mighty Mite Fort Collins, CO $5500

• CATEGORIES: Mighty Mites

I suspect this doesn’t run.

“Military mighty mite Jeep. Not sure on the year but should be early 60s. All aluminum body with air cooled V-4. Only 1,700 lbs. Would make a very cool restoration”

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1952? Model? Chassis North Haven, Ct $100


Andy spotted this deal. It’s listed at $100, but that seems awfully cheap.

“Rollng chassis, engine , complete nose in great shape , to many projects need gone , tires a little dry but hold air”


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1947 CJ-2A Breckenridge, CO $3900


UPDATE: Price dropped to $3900.

(01/13/2023) I can’t tell just how bad the rust is on this, but both sides have it.

“1947 Willys Jeep CJ 2a. Has a Hurricane F Head 134 out of a later CJ, hence the bump in the hood. The swap was probably done decades ago but seems to have been done well. Wiring has been gone through and headlights, high beams, brake lights and tail lights all work. Runs good and drives good but has some play in the steering. New military style seats and eBay special “Ahwoogah” horn. Clean Title. Not in a hurry to sell but will entertain offers”

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1948 CJ-2A Sugar City, CO $1250


Uncle how much value is here. It has some mods and a body that is likely done-for.

“great little project for sale or trade 1948 willys cj2a 4wd Saginaw manual steering upgrade Engine swapped with a rare 1962 SBF 221 from a fairlane (same design as the 289) Manual top shift T90a trans (needs cluster gear and input shaft easy rebuild) Spicer / Dana 18 transfer case in excellent condition Dana 41 and 25 Diffs are stock and both in great shape. Tilt steering from Impala Extra parts of value include: Roll cage, grill cover, seat frames, rusted gas tank, door frames Currently not running. trans and t case removed to repair trans. No title. Bill of sale only. Will consider trades or $1250”

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1950 CJ-3A? Salida, CO $1000


Listed as a 1950 CJ-3B, I’m guessing the chassis may have been a 3A.

“1950 CJ3B after market fiberglass body. Includes rear dana 44 and front Dana 30 wide track axles w/4:10 gears open diff.”

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1959 FC-170 Eatonville, WA $9500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Seller has other FCs for sale as well.

“1959 FC170. Ran/drove when parked. Currently set up as a flatbed that had a camper on/over it. Very little rust at all. Title in hand. If the add is up it is available. I have (4) of these and will keep one or two. Serious buyer can request more pictures”


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1964 CJ-3B Mohave Valley, AZ $3000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $3000.

(05/15/2023) What’s the engine on this? Turbo Diesel?

“1964 cj2a Jeep excellent shape needs hoses and a little wiring project great bones they go for 93,000 finished so I don’t think three grand is out of line great project for a Jeep lover open to trades”

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1947 CJ-2A Central City, NE $5000


UPDATE: Price dropped to $5000.

(12/24/2022) This has a variety of mods.

“Has a 4 core aluminum radiator, 77 Buick 231 even fire, Muncie Sm 420 4 speed transmission, original transfer case and axils 2 inch lift springs, front disc brakes, power steering, has some rust, needs a master cylinder and a little electrical work, runs good. Mainly needs cosmetic. Clean title”

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1948 CJ-2A Virginia City, NV $12,800


The only pic provided suggests it is earlier than 1948. Not quite all original.

“1948 CJ2A Original Willie’s ”


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Time got away from me …


I had planned to do more updates last night but time got away from me. So, I’ll try to do some later today at some point.

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Phase One of the Garden Complete

• CATEGORIES: Features

Today, phase one of Ann’s garden is finally complete. I had hoped to have it done by Mother’s Day, but I missed that target date by three weeks. The biggest hurdle was that I had some mystery health issue with fatigue, uneasiness, sleep issues, and tightness in my chest (I really thought I might have a heart issue), yet I never felt sick or had a temp. I had attributed it to accidentally handling some strong fertilizer with my hands. However, over the last three days (which was a day after I went to see the doctor .. and he indicated he thought my heart was fine) everything has dissipated. Unfortunately, today Ann seems to have come down with what I had. So maybe it was type of illness after all??

Anyhow, I can now turn my attention back to the racer, finally. I have an extremely happy wife, which was worth all the work.

As a reminder, here’s what the area looked like when we first bought the place in April of 2021.


In Feb of 2022 we had the willows removed. Then I began tearing stuff down.



One year later, we have the following … And here we have a short video (yes, I do mention horses mooing and I accidentally call a rail a railroad tie … ) 😄

Before and after pics:




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1946 CJ-2A Montrose, CO $17,000


Update: Price dropped to $17,000.

(05/19/2023) Richard is selling his rebuilt CJ-2A.

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“A complete body of restoration with over $10,000 in parts and services. Drive train was either replaced or rebuilt. Build was done for show purposes but it is absolutely off road capable. Suspension,exhaust,brake system,front and rear diffs,steering systems,etc were either replaced or rebuilt as needed. Paint has pinstripes on body,fenders and wheels. Engine was professionally rebuilt by local builder and has 78 miles on it. Custom oak panels overy both wheel wells and bed. Oak center console was added. The upholstery and carpeting professionally done. Custom steps added. A very nicely restored jeep with custom touches. Clean title”

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1947 CJ-2A Zuni, VA $10,000


This appears in great shape, though has some updated seats.

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“1947 CJ2a. L134 Flathead engine matching year. 3 speed T90 transmission looked over and tight. D18 transfer case. Opened adjusted and resealed. U joints new. Water pump. Hoses. Belts. Engine rebuilt .040 over. New bearings, rings, valves, block and head decked, cam brgs, freeze plugs, oil galleries rodded, carb, and fuel lines. New gas tank. Motor mounts. Windshield seals. New glass. Heater hoses. Clutch and pressure plate. Temp gauge. Battery and cable. Jeep starts, runs and drives and stops. I have receipts from all work done and the title in my possession. What does it need : wiring harness, brake system inspected, spring kit. Tires are cracked but hold air. This is a nice Jeep to cruise or climb mountains. what ever you like. I don’t need 4 Jeeps.”

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1957 FC-150 Milo, MO $1500

• CATEGORIES: FC150-FC170-M677

Thanks to Roger for spotting this one. Given the PTO, I suspect there is value here. This is an early one.

“Cool project Willy’s Jeep Forward Control 150. Not totally sure on year but tag marked Willy’s. This FC150 has been sitting for some years but ran when it was parked. Does not run now. Wench has been used recently. No title. Says La Selva Beach on each side of the cab. Price is firm, no trades.”

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1954 M-38A1 Frankenmuth, MI $7500


Ashley is selling her father’s M-38A1 project.×4-order-stock-no-g-2758-8358319-mfg-by-willys-motors-inc-toledo-mfr-ser-no-73000-32290-miles-7500-00-frankenmuth-mi-48734/



“1954 Willys M38A1 Military Jeep – Quarter Ton – 4X4 – Order Stock No. G-2758-8358319 – MFG by Willys Motors Inc Toledo – Mfr Ser No. 73000 – 32,290 miles – $7,500.00 or best offer – FRANKENMUTH, MI 48734

Possibly the most iconic military Jeep vehicle with a 19-year tour of duty that spanned the globe. First “round-fender” Jeep 4×4. Forerunner to the classic CJ-5. Over 101,000 vehicles were produced during it’s production run.

Currently not running. Needs some work, but the condition can be classified as 4 – Good. My Dad planned on converting from 24 volts to 12. This Willy will need a 12-volt civilian starter, distributor & ignition coil. Front left tire is dry-rotted & doesn’t hold air for long. The engine does still turn over by manually turning the fan.

Dark Wine/Cranberry in Color. Solid body. The location of the private property where this Willy cruised has been edited out of the hood decal with black marker for photos.

Vehicle MUST be inspected IN PERSON if interested. Delivery is NOT available. No Cashier’s Checks.”

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Friday @ the Willys Rally in Ohio

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features

The Willys Rally kicked off yesterday with beautiful, but hot weather, or so I am told. Tom sent me a some pics, followed by Roger Martin, who wore out his camera taking pics, so thanks to you both! So, there’s lots to look at. One highlight captured by both kind gentleman included a four-seat empire tractor, which looks really well done.



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1950 Truck Douglas, AZ $12,500

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks

Looks nice. Engine compartment paint needs some work.

“Very nice willys pickup 2wd 4cyl 3spd on the floor. Starts right up and drives but needs master brake cylinder, looks pretty good older restoration but needs paint because of cracking paint. Tires look new still. Clear title $15000. Now first 12500 takes it. Only selling due to health problems.”

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