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1952 M-38 Nashville, TN $4000


The engine is updated, but otherwise this looks stock and in good condition.

“I’ve had this military jeep since high school and converted it. Work included changing engine to a Ford 289 V8 and electrical system to 12V. Engine needs some work (carburetor, brakes) and tires. Has steel top, heater, rollbar, overdrive, Warn locking hubs. 4WD with tansfer case and high/low/takeoff shift positions. Looking for good home to owner who wants to help with second restore.”


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1952 Ford M-38 CDN Oro Station, Canada **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Was auctioned on eBay. Status unknown.

This is a great restoration of a rare Ford M-38. I wish the pictures were bigger.

“This is one of the nicest M38′s in Canada. It was restored approximately 10 years ago. Driven for 1 year and stored in a climate controlled environment since. Jeep runs like clock work – everything works. A lot of NOS parts were used throughout the restoration.

The jeep has 5 new original Goodyear tires (soft). The driveline was completely rebuilt from both axles to the transmisison, transfercase and engine.
Waterproof 24 Volt Ignition System
Original rare complete battery box with 2HN battery
C42 radio tuner mounted on fender with original brackets
Fully rebuilt engine with all correct engine components & new complete original wiring harness
NOS Canvas enclosure, original not reproduction
Deep water fording extension & bracket, removable with 3 bolts
Deep fording intake snorkel NOS, original
Upper Canadian reinforcement patch (All Canadian jeeps had those)
All original sheet metal, NOS fenders, sandblasted, epoxy-primed and painted, no rust what so ever
Comes with jerry can, canvas water bucket & rear antenna mast
Booster Cable Receptacle, C42 tuning unit
Comes with pintle hook, chain bracket and bumperettes
Original autolite taillights
Axe & shovel
Original CFR number 52-31705
Matching M100 trailer available, fully restored with canvas cover, SOLD SEPARATELY!
Rifle rack on windshield, RIFLE NOT INCLUDED
Original green steering wheel
Original data plates with mid-production serial numbers
New reproduction canvas upholstery, front & rear seats
Working C42 radio set with accessories
Markings on jeep are vinyl, can be removed easily
Original gas tank, top bow & top bow brackets
Gas tank filler neck extension
Original floor – perfect condition”


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1950 M-38 Nekoosa, WI $9800

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This looks solid, but I think the paint needs a closer look. It appears uneven just under the driver’s side mirror.

“This Jeep was part of a motor pool at an air museum for 20 years as a flight line/follow me Jeep. Go Devil motor runs great. No rust. ALL gauges and lights work as they should. Running on 12 volt, converted from 24 volt.
Great driver (a real head turner) as is, or an easy full restore.
$9,800. No trades. Will store until snow melts.
Call with any questions at: seven one five, three two five, three nine five six.”


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1952 M-38 Oklahoma City, OK **SOLD**

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(03/11/2013) The semi-automatic gun mounted on this M-38 works and includes 800 rounds of ammo.


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1952 M-38 Charleston, NC eBay

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This former movie jeep looks like a good restoration candidate.

“1952 Willys M38 Jeep used as team vehicle in Major League 3 “Back to the Minors”

The movie production company rented this Jeep from me and painted the black “bumblebee stripes” on it in 1998 for the movie.

Click on the link below, to the movie and at 12 minutes into the movie, you will see the Jeep drive into view during the airport scene………………..


The Jeep is rust free and has been stored inside my warehouse for the past 30 years, except for the week it was used to film the movie.

This M38 is in extremely good condition and rust free. I bought thisM38 Jeep from the South Carolina Highway Department on Shop Road, in Columbia, SC. The SCHD shop used it as a “pusher” on their yard since the mid 1950′s, hence the extremely low miles under 5000. Please view posted photos!”

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1951 M-38 Bellingham, WA eBay


UPDATE: This is back on eBay

(02/24/2013) This looks like a great restoration project.

“Up for auction is a 1951 Willys M38 Jeep project. I purchased this jeep a few years ago from a local School District.

From what I am told this jeep has been owned by the School district since 1967. I have the maintenance records since 1967. It was used to pull a gang mower for years Than at some point a snow plow was installed and used a couple of times each year . The rest of the time it just sat always inside. In 2007 they pushed it a little to hard and seized up the engine. It did run after it cooled down but sounds like it has bad bearings now. That was the last time it was used. After sitting inside the shop for two more years it was sent to the auction to be sold and I hauled it home.

My intention was to do a frame off restoration not back to original but keep it close to stock. I have disassembled this jeep. The frame has been sandblasted, primed and painted. front and rear bumpers and bumperetts were replaced. New springs and shocks have been installed. Front and rear DIffs were disassembled cleaned and reassembled with new seals and gaskets along with new wheel cylinders and brake shoes.

Paint is the original green color.
Wheels have been sandblasted and repainted and tires remounted with new tubes.
The frame is now back on it’s wheels.

At this point I don’t think I will ever finish this project so I have decided to sell.
This jeep is not a rust bucket, keep in mind It has been inside for 46 years. The tub has some damage to both rear corners that can be repaired . The under side of the tub was undercoated so there is not a lot of rust. (see pictures)

I have found that the engine serial # is a MBxxxx not a MCxxxx with a tag saying Rebuilt in 1956. The Data tags on the dash were gone so there is no serial # there.

Data tag on the rear wheel well is there but is different than the one on the title.
The seat frames had been cut down and other seats installed. This M38 project has a good start and I would love to see someone finish it. I hate to have to part it out.

I will load as many pictures as possible if you need more please let me know and I will send them. I am selling this M38 as is where is. I will not ship it. So ask questions now.”

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1950 M-38 Thomasville, GA $6500


This is an early M-38. The steps have been lengthened, as have those front spring shackles.  It’s not perfect, but does have a interesting raw character about it.

“This is a very early 1950 M38. Serial number 10891 ( 891st built of
approx 45-50000) with a date of delivery of 9-15-50. This jeep has been
converted to 12 volt and has a good running GPW engine in it. It has a
few rust spots in the usual places ( drivers rocker panel, small hole in
fender step on drivers side). A “new” thin sheet steel floor was welded
over the rear floor but from underneath there appears to be very little
rust in the original floors. The hat channels amazingly have very
little if any rust. Major missing parts include rear tire carrier and
back seat. This is a very restorable jeep that would stand apart
because of its early production date. Email me if you would like
additional pictures. $6500obo Jesse”


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1952 CJ-3A Louisburg, KS $2500


This doesn’t run.

“I have a 1952 Willys M38 that has the rare Arctic Hard Top. This Jeep may have even been to Korea as far as I know. It is mostly original, seats have been replaced with some real ugly newer seat and it has had some work over the years. Original motor and drive train from what I can tell. Not sure if it is still 24V or has been converted to 12V. It does not run. Needs restored or whatever you have in mind. I also have an extra hood and a windshield I acquired that goes with the M38.

I am not an expert on jeeps so if you need to know details then you will just have to come check it out.
It has a Colorado Title. I can get you a clear Kansas Title for an extra $100 bucks.

please reply to ad by email with your NAME, LOCATION, PHONE NUMBER and actual email address and I will call you if you are interested in my Willys. If you do not include this information I will not reply to anonymous emails.”



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1951 M-38 Novato, CA **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Was priced at $5600. Status Unknown

“1951 Willys M-38 Jeep – All original, excellent condition. Good Denman tactical, tires, new brakes & batteries (24V). New fuel tank, new spark plugs & ignition harness; low miles (less than 80k?), runs great. I’m the third owner & I’ve had it for 28-years. Time for a new and enthusiastic owner to restore. $5600″


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1949? M-38 Three Forks, MT $3500

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The seller wants local buyers, but you never know.  It sure looks like a good restoration project.

“This is a 1949 willys jeep aslaskan hardtop us marine 171269. This jeep runs great. It has 4 cylinder, flathead, four wheel drive , 24 volt system, heater and hydraulic brakes. We are looking for serious local buyers, and cash transactions only. More information and pictures upon request.”


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1951 M-38 Lonedell, MO $6500

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This comes with a strange speedometer.

“1951 m-38 Willy’s military Jeep. Jeep is rust free and runs good it has five new tires and are on correct rims.It has a 12 volt system but do have some parts to convert back to 24 volt. All lights are original.I have all the guages and panel.If any questions please call me at 314-852-2783 thanks.”


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1952 M-38 Sacramento, CA $4000

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This looks good.

“1952 Willys M38 Jeep – complete for restoration. The Jeep runs strong needs carb rebuilt brake cylinders, No Rust in floors or body very solid. This has a Ramsey PTO winch on the front.
Changed to 12v.

Fairly firm on price may consider some trade for hunting stuff quality g’s or Quality Model Trains??

Call 925-525-4949 or 530-355-5013″


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