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1948 Flat Fender Aurora, CO $2500


Sounds like a mix of parts. No pics provided.

“For sale is this 1948 Willy’s jeep, some assembly required, battery not included, lots of good parts. quick store. this jeep was a daily driver before I hit a tree and had to take it apart and put a frame under it. This was the 11th frame I looked at, this is the best frame I’ve seen, this is a m38 military frame with no cracks, frame has been bead blasted and painted with DP100 a two part epoxy paint, I have two motors, the one that’s in it is a 3.8 liter V-6 GM motor from a 198? Chevy Monza, the other one I have is a 225 fireball V-6 from a 1964 Buick special, connected to a T-90 transmission thru a advance adapter with a rebuilt Warn overdrive.
unfortunately, almost all the parts where bead blasted and ready for paint, but where it was stored leaked water, so everything is covered is surface rust and will need blasted again.

New stainless steel front bumper.
Saginaw steering with jeepster mount with frame spacers and grade 8 bolts, u-joints connected to tilt steering column, I have one key and all wiring harness.
One piece tie rods with correct pitman arm. All steering is very tight condition.
4” Rancho soft ride lift kit.
1974 flanged axles.
Offenhauser 4 barrel manifold.
Warn locking hubs.
New electric wiper motors.
Up graded brake and clutch assembly, brake fluid can be checked from original inspection hole.
New Nippon Seiki speedo with 0 miles.
Heated needs repaired.

Body is a little rough, rust repairs have been stated, someone has already repaired front floor boards and steps, I cut out the rest damage and have had all bad cross member remade and are ready to install.
Have title and data plate.”


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1952 M-38 Fayetteville, AR $4750


That windshield doesn’t appear to fit well (gap between the cowl and windshield. It’s also not clear to me that it would hold up for long even under moderate speeds (hard to tell how it is anchored to the body).

“1952 Willy’s Army Jeep
Customized with lots of new parts, clean title.
Fun Toy $4750 OBO might do some trading. What you got !”


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1952 Model? Yelm, WA $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, M-38, M-38A1

Could be a good price based on the description. No pics provided.

“1952 Willys flat fender trail jeep
Buick 252 v-6 w/RV cam headers and 4bbl
TH350 AT w/shift kit
Transfer case is a model 20 case with 18 guts
Offset 44 rear w/ full floater kit disc brakes , lock rite and 5.38 gears
Front is a 25 disc brakes , lock rite and 5.38’s
Warren overdrive
8000 lbs warren winch
Full roll cage
Full and Bikini tops
Real 32 bolt bead locks w/ new 33/12.50/15 truxus radial swamper’s
Wotking heater ,horn , lighter
All lights and turn signals work

NOT looking for any trades unless it’s an old chat muscle car Chevelle , nova , Camaro or c10
Will only trade up will not trade down or for any 3rd gen camaro’s don’t like them”


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1952 M-38 Lehigh Valley, PA $12,000


Needs some closer pics.

“For Sale: 1952 M38 that appears to have come right from the battlefields of the Korean War! Other than a few minor changes made by original owner (e.g. overdrive, lap belts, and blinkers added in 1960s), this warehouse discovery is as good as it gets. (Additional pictures will be posted throughout the week of September 12, 2016)

After 64 years this Willys has its original military markings, original canvas top, and original front and back seat. Purchase this time capsule today and drive it away. Yes, this gem runs!

Original Fuel pump has been rebuilt and brand new break lines, pads, and hoses have also been installed. The original 24v system is still enacted and working; two new batteries added.

Military Serial Number: 20941378
Willys Serial Number: 65,225
Assembly Date: 04/1952”


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1951 M-38 Fargo, ND $2000


Could be a good restoration candidate.

“1951 willys jeep in good condition”


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1952 M-38 Palatine, IL $9,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9000.

“Jeep 1952 M-38
Winter cab with heater
53,000 miles
excellent condition
Parade ready
Military paint”


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1951 M-38 Edinburg, TX $8000


Has some bumper mods.

“asking $8,000.00 OBO RUNNING CONDITIONS”

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1952 M-38 Union City, TN $6250


Could use some cleaning.

“1952 Willys M38
L134 engine
T90 transmission with WARN overdrive
Dana 18 transfer case
Dana 25 front axle
Dana 44 rear axle with locker
tow bar and winch on front
soft top included
runs and drives great”


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1951 M-38 Morro Bay, CA $3500


It’s a project.

“I have been building my willys for 3 1/2 years and its time to make room for the all the new kids toys. The main focus for me has been the drive train. I put a small block chevy bored 60 over, new bearings and rings, rebuilt heads…. pretty much new parts throughout the entire engine. It is just beautiful… never fired- new babies and new job = no time! lol… It has a K case 4wd turbo 350 rebuilt, advance adapter kit to the rebuilt stock dana spicer 18 transfer case. I have drivelines, u joints, seats, 500 radiator brand new, new wiring harness, powder coated intake, powder coated water pump, 160 amp powder coated alternator, mini starter, etc… way to much to list. I just want someone to enjoy it! Mama wants it gone asap. the drivetrain is worth more than 3500- the jeep is just a bonus:) If you want to come see it please let me know. I am firm on the price! If you have something you would like to trade I am open to hear it. Cash would be best though. ”


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Year? M-38 Seneca, KS $650


Might have some value.

“I have a m38 project. Someone has swapped in a f head into it. The grille is in the tub for the jeep. I do have a title. I have never tired to start it.”



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Year? M-38 Greene, NC $1000


Not sure how much value is here.

“no title . $1,000 obo . e-mails or serious calls only . no text . ”



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1951 Truck Chehalis, WA $2000


UPDATE: Pics now provided. It’s a truck and probably not a military one.

“For sale 51 Willy’s jeep 4×4 military”



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1951 M-38 Ramon, Ca $8000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Could be a solid M-38.

“For Sale 1951 Jeep Willys purchased originally from United States Military.
Runs excellent for 70 year old vehicle, new tires rebuilt engine and transmission.
3 speed manual, comes with extra tail gate, current registration.”


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Year? M-38 Burnaby, BC Canada $1000 (CDN)


I wonder if this is one of the M38CDNs assembled by Ford of Canada?

“Project Willys jeep or parts vehicle. Registration can be made available if re-registration is the goal. Last used in 1972. Motor does not turn. Has aftermarket hard top. YES the grill and fenders are included.”


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Year? M-38/CJ Lynn, MA $600


It’s a mix of parts.

“Willys jeep cj3a believed to be a 1946. Good for parts, drivetrain is all there. Frame is decent. No paperwork.”


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1952 M-38 Reno, NV $5500


Has PTO & Overdrive.

“1952 M38 Willys, Jeep, Buick 225 V6, P.T.O. winch, over drive, new soft top and doors, tow bar, no rust, $5,500.0”



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Year? M-38 Virginia Beach, VA $1000


It’s rough.

“Old rusty war jeep. Bought as a project planned to fix up, but between the truck I am fixing and this one… it’s too much right now. Needs total restoration. Made in about 1950-1952. Fun project for dad and kids or anyone looking for a neat project. I got this with no title. There is no engine. It is very very beat up and rusty also like I said NEEDS total restoration! Will require towing. For anyone who has dreamed of a restoration project that was affordable…this may be your lucky day. Would make a awesome yard art for any collector.”



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1953? M-38 Salt Lake City, UT $1200


The pic shows what it looked liked prior to disassembly. Seller listed this a 1953 CJ, but the body suggests it is an M-38.

“This is a 1953 cj3a. I started to rebuild the entire thing and then had other stuff come up. It is in pieces right now but it has everything you need to put it back together. It has had a V8 conversion. I have a title for it. I can even deliver it if you are close. Has disc brakes all around. Text or call me with questions.”



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1951 M-38 Laguna Beach, CA $13,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/29/2016) Looks good.


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“ABOUT US: We are JEEPS R US an off road shop that specializes in building you the jeep of your dreams. We even sell un-modified jeeps. We have been in business for over 26 years located in Laguna Beach California. Please stop in to see our inventory and test drive our Jeeps! We also have warranties available for some of our vehicles.

ABOUT JEEP: 1951 Jeep Willys M38 Tactical Truck 1/4 Ton. The Willys M38 United States Army Jeep, also known as the Willys MC, replaced the World War II Willys MB and Ford GPW models. It was a 1/4 ton 4 × 4 utility truck manufactured between 1949 and 1952 with a total production of more than 60,000 units. The M38 was military version of the then-current civilian Jeep CJ-3A. The M38 differed from the CJ-3A in numerous ways, including a reinforced frame and suspension, waterproof 24-volt electrical system, sealed vent system for the engine, transmission, transfer case, fuel system and brake system. Some M38 jeeps were assigned to the Korean theater of operations, but the majority of vehicles used in that conflict were rebuilt WWII vintage. Approximately 2,300 M38 Jeeps were manufactured by Ford of Canada for Canadian Armed Forces in 1952, designated as the M38-CDN jeep. Its successor was Willys M38A1.
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1952 M-38 Chandler, IL $3500


Runs. Has an f-head, but seller has an l-head, too.

“I got a M38 that the previous owner installed the engine out of a CJ-3B into it and as such it makes the carburetor stick out thru the hood. They also installed a hood scoop on it which was really big, so I cut it off and when I did, I found the hood to not be in such good shape. So as you see in the pics there is a huge hole in the hood that I have not got around too. I have found and purchased the correct motor for it from a guy in OHIO. I don’t know if it runs or not because I haven’t had the time to mess with it either, but the engine goes with it for the price shown. The Jeep has rust on it, it has some bondo on it, the floor pan is somewhat rusted out as well. The engine in it was running when I parked it and I haven’t messed with it much. Need to sell, I don’t have time anymore to mess with it. Too busy mowing my GRASS.”


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1952 M-38 Parma, ID $2800


Looks like a project.

“52 Willys has a Marine Corps vin. Put new head gaskets, freeze plugs and valve cover gasket. Passenger side head is cracked. Has a 78 Buick Skyhawk engine. I just don’t have the time to fix it right now and need the money and it gone.”


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1952 M-38 Santa Rosa, CA $7200


Has lots of updates.

“52 m38 good body and floor pans
302 ford motor, mallory ignation, remote oil filter with cooler
dana 44 front disc brakes, locker, 5.38 gears
p/s with cooler
t 18 granny low
dana 20 case with dana 18 gears, twin sticks with 2 low option
ford 9 inch rear, drum brakes, locker, 5.38 gears
winch and hi lift jack on front bumper
full soft top with doors, bikini top
2 gas tanks, 1 under seat, 1 under rear of jeep
roll cage
spare tire
gm tilt column
nice wheels and tires 33 12.5 33”


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1951 M-38 Chico, CA $8000


This is a former forest service jeep. It’s got an FS data plate. It runs and drive. Seller says it is rust free.

“1951 M38 Barn find. Has been sitting inside since 1970. This jeep has never been licensed or registered for the road. It was bought at government auction and put away. As seen in pictures, there is a US Forestry plate riveted to the dash. This jeep was given to the Forestry where it was used and then sold at auction. It is rust free. Beautiful hat channel underneath. It has 28,000 original miles. It is 12 volt. I have all the original 24 volt generator, distributor, voltage regulator that goes with it. It is just the way the government sold it. It runs like a top.

Absolutely beautiful. Has original gas tank, all cleaned out and small repair. Still has the screen in the gas tank. The only thing that appears to have been added, or possibly put on by the Government before the sale, are the rims and tires. No bondo. No repairs have been made to the body. Brake master cylinder needs to be repaired or replaced. A brand new one comes with the jeep. Carburetor brand new rebuild. New battery, water pump. Ready to go. Call for more info $8,000 OBO Would consider a partial trade for WWII jeep.”


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1952 M-38 Ellensburg, WA $3000


Some work complete, more left. Has some good updates for road & trails.

“52 M38 Willys project, rebuilt 2.0 pinto engine, t90 3spd, 18 tcase, 44 rear and 30 front with 488s, all new brakes, brake lines and cj5 master cylinder. Like new 32″ swampers, rolling chassis is done and ready for body. Have good tub that needs a little work..this is a project!!”




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M-38 In Alaska


Ron Day spotted this M-38 parked near the Black Diamond Golf Course in Healy, Alaska. It looks abandoned and looks like there is value there.

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