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2 1950 M-38s Woodlawn, TN $6500


Both are projects.


“I have #2 1950 willys jeep one was getting restored with clean title. The other one was for parts. Have engine and transmission. Box boxes of parts.”

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1953 M-38 Edmonds, WA $9999


Not quite a WWII jeep.


“Antique former WWII US army truck that I inherited and only used minimally. The previous owner resorted some parts and kept in good condition indoors. Currently being stored in a tent. A collector’s item. 4 wheel drive, 4 speed manual transmission.
Serious inquiries only please.”

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Year? M-38 Freeport, TX eBay


Bill shared this M-38. It seems restorable.

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“Up for auction is my M38 Willys military Jeep It is a great restoration prospect! It has not run in 10+ years. A lot of the needed parts to restore the Jeep are still on the vehicle. The body is straight. Hood includes the original snorkel hole plate. Fenders straight. Only known filler is on the passenger side rear corner.. Floor will need to be replaced for a restoration. It has the major electrical parts (starter generator, and regulator). Notable parts installed include the floor plates, correct seat frames, new glass and gaskets installed 5 years ago, proper M38 oil bath air cleaner, crossover pipe, front shackle brackets, etc. It has 4 of the original and correct wheels. Very old tires (including Mowhawk Chief and U.S.Royal) need to be replaced One has a slow leak, could put a new tube in it.

Dash board data plate is missing. Remains of the original passenger side wheel well data plate (seen in the next to the last picture) is still there. Can’t read the number, but shows a correct MC-xxxxx number.

Included in the auction is another M38 engine and transmission as seen in the last picture. Treat them as cores.”

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1949 CJ-2A? w/M-38 Body Spencer, TN $9500


UPDATE: Still Available. It’s titled as a CJ-2A.

(06/21/2018) The front floors have been patched.


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1949 titled M38 /CJ2A Titled a CJ2A, but is a 1950- 1952 M38. Original motor, driveline, runs as should, less then 10k miles. No knocks, pings…. Is 12 VDC.

Added: Alum radiator, grill guard, high torque starter, water pump, alternator, and bracket, brakes and brake cyl all 4, aahuga horn, tach, turn signals, tractor seats, 11 gallon fuel cell in back. 265/75R15 digger tires, wiring harness, tow bar, Best Top soft top, ammo can arm rest tool box, seat belts, armor coated inside floor, new floor pans, 1/8″ steel tread plate sides, electric wipers, LED lights, and fire extinguisher. I have new leaf springs and fully tested head, head bolts and gasket kit that goes with it.

This Willys was completely rebuilt by Korean War vet, I bought from family estate in 2014. I do not use it anymore, I have 2 more jeeps and 4×4 truck. Great for hunting, playing in mud, parades, etc. Don’t low ball me I don’t need to sell, just want to find good new home for it.

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1952 M-38 Weiser, ID eBay

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Bill shared this nice looking M-38 for auction. The starting bid is $12,000, but this appears to have a reserve price as well.

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“This 1952 Willys M38 Jeep was built for the Korean War (1950-53). It is correct as new – 24 volt system,
4-cylinder L134 engine, 3-speed transmission, 2-speed transfer case. Color is 24087, olive drab. The new canvas top and seat covers are by Beachwood Canvas. The five tires are 700x16s. It has a military waterproof ignition system. All components are new or rebuilt. As photos show, this jeep has a M1 rifle gun scabbard with a dummy M1 Grand rifle. Located in SW Idaho, 85 miles from Boise”

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1952 M-38 Dallas, GA $9500

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Tom shared this M-38 that is supposed to be rust free (though it has some slight surface rust. Still, it’s worth a look.






“For sale is my 1952 Willys M38 (military jeep). The top is a factory “Arctic Top” that was installed when new. The Jeep was originally in the military then was purchased by the forest service and they painted it forest service green. This jeep has almost no rust on it whatsoever! Floors, body, hat channels are all completely solid and rust free. Some stuff was modernized: 12v converted/solid state distributor/standard fuel pump but I have all of the original 24v waterproof distributor/plugs/wires/pump. Lots of new parts, radiator was rebuilt, new fuel tank, seats. All gauges work like they’re supposed to. The Jeep runs and drives great and I drive it regularly. It has a clean Ga title in my name”

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1951 M-38 Omaha, NE $8000


Includes some extra parts.


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“M38 and parts for sale. In Omaha Ne. . Runs and drives, have an extra mint frame, extra fenders, grill, tub, tailgat, windshield frame, axles, misc, title, 8k. Pto winch. Selling as a package, Local pickup only. Send me an email and I will respond.”

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1953 M-38 Waterloo, IA $3500


No pics provided.


“$3500 or OBO. ready for a restoration project? 24 volt electrical. Korean War vintage Jeep.”

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Year? M-38 Avondale Estates, GA $4000


A tree knocked this M-38 loopy. Thanks to Tom for spotting it. The seller is more optimistic about saving the body than I am. But, there looks to be lots of useable parts.


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“Late model Willys M38 military jeep. Tree fell and it sat for a few years. Not running. All original except for fuel pump, exhaust and gas tank. Missing forward battery box. 5 original military safety beaded wheels. Dents can be beaten out with hammer and dolly (if I can do it, anyone can). I’ll throw in an extra correct windshield, correct seat frames, hood, tail gate, steering column with box and an extra body if needed. 24 volt. Engine will not turn by fan blades and nut is missing from crank. I’ve not removed the head but I believe block is standard bore. Waterproof bell housing. Cuno oil filter, depot installed rear corner plate. and appears to have all OEM bolts. Rust through on floor pans (small) and passenger step but an easy repair. Bed is in great condition, minor surface rust on fenders, grill, and side panels. Original Willys manufacturer’s data plate. No title. If your looking to restore a M38 with correct original parts, you found it. Not perfect by any means but you’ll have a correct OEM M38 . Additional photos available.”

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1952 M-38 Ridgefield, WA $3650


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/01/2020) Unclear if it runs or not.


“M 38 military 1952 jeep. All original includes original winter arctic hardtop. Original 24 V electrical system. Not currently running, in storage.”


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1952 M-38 Mesa, AZ $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/05/2022) This project includes a Warn OD, but the jeep has been sitting a while.


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“Willys M38 jeep, Body off restoration in early 80’s, original 4cyl. Engine, 3 speed transmission with warn overdrive, 11” drum brake kit, rancho springs, full roll cage. Needs to be freshened up, it has been sitting for 15+ years. 5000ob”

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1951 M-38 Elk, WA $6000


Unclear if this is drivable yet or not.


“1951 willys m38. Fenders are off right now because was doing some brake line work. Firm on price, have title in my name”

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1952 M-38 Denham Springs, LA $4000


The headlights look to be a bit cross-eyed.


“PTO Winch, manual transmission. Hasn’t been driven in a few years. Title in hand.”

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1952 CJ-3A/M-38? Sandy Valley, NV $12,000


No pics provided.


“1952 willys jeep
flathead 4 engine many extra’s parts available
parts catalogs/mechanic’s manuals
3 speed trans/high-low range/2and 4 wheel drive
12000. or best offer
my health is bad and can’t use it”

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1951 M-38 Hattiesburg, MS $3500


No description provided.


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Year? M-38? Altadena, CA $1000


This was a purpose-modified, possibly M-38, used as part of a geological survey, so it has some unusual mods. There’s probably not much value here, but it would interesting to poke around to check out the mods.


“Willys jeep. Was part of the geological survey. It has a hydraulic core sample drill built on the back. It’s pretty rough but it drove to its current position. Located in chino hills.”

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Year? M-38 Cincinnati, OH $7000


Tom shared this one. It is listed as a 1955 (likely a placeholder year). It lacks a title.


“Was being built by grandfather title needs to be obtained.grate starter jeep need to run ven an block numbers to get exact info.runs strong little rust.garage kept”

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1966 CJ-5/M-38 Bowling Green, KY $7900


Tom spotted this one. The M-38 body looks in great shape. It’s sitting atop a CJ-5 chassis.


“1966 CJ5 with a 1953 Willys body, 3 speed, Buick 225 V6, No rust. Selling for my Dad,”

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1950 M-38 Atlantic Highlands, NJ $1500


Maybe someone can use the chassis and/or parts?


“Project. The body was shot do not have it anymore. It’s the frame. With clean nj title. I have the windshield grill and roll bar. It’s set up as 12volt system have some other parts like speedo fuel and rear tailgate”

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1952 M-38 St. Anthony, ID $6500


Has some updates, but looks like a pretty good price.


“1952 Willys Jeep. Great little Willys ready for some fun! Good running 1990 Chevy 4.3 liter motor. Top is in great shape. Title in hand”

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1952 M-38 Graham, WA $7500

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UPDATE: Still Available.


(11/22/2018) “Willy’s jeep ready for some crawling with the low gearing. Saginaw steering power, 538 gears, motor is a 4.65 Chev toploader. This Jeep is ready for you to add your personal touches. It’s stored and has been stored in a garage”

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1952 M-38 Olympia, WA $3500


This is worth a look.


“1952 M38 with Artic top, have most of the parts. 24 volt electric system.”

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1951 M-38 Frederick, CO $6500


Could be worth a look.


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“* Willys Jeep
* Local RUST FREE Willys with interesting local history
* Runs great
* Original low miles (27,304)
* New “BESTOP” Top w/removable doors
* New 6V battery
* Original Clymer Service Repair Manual
* Titled as a 1944 Ford Willys Jeep
* Nice Seats w/jump seat in rear
* 6.00X16” Army Jeep tires
* Power TakeOff
* Rear spare tire
* Shovel & Ax; Water bag strapped to side
* Very Original!!!”

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M-38 Body Wickenburg, AZ $2250


Appears worth a look.



“M38 flat fender. This Jeep has never licensed or titled. It was bought surplus by a close friend and sand dragged. The Jeep is set up for a small block Chevy. Great candidate for full restoration or convert it into a crawler or? 2250 and you bring your own tires and wheels or 2500 with Goodyear mtr’s on new wheels. Very little rust. AZ Jeep. May take firearms on partial trade. Very few dents and body damage. Includes axles, transmission, and transfer case.

Vortec 4.3 with 4 barrel edelbrock a intake and 4l60 available for 1200.00”

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1952 M-38 Okanogan, WA $15,500

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Given the updates, this may be a well built road/trail jeep.


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“Chevrolet 4.3L V-6 (approx. 6000 miles)
Borgwarner T-10 4 speed
Holly carburetor
Hurst shifter
Warn overdrive
538 gears
11” brakes
Reverse front spring shackles
Full floating DANA 44 rear diff.
Warn hubs
Front winch mount
New C-J bucket seats w/tactical seat covers
Roll bar
New 31 10.50×15 tires & 8” alum wheels
2 mounted Jerry cans
K-line vinyl top & doors
Bimini top”