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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.

Healy Jeep

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1952 M-38 Collinsville, MO $10,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Looks in good shape.

“1952 m38 jeep nice old original jeep runs drives good have rear seat & other parts to go with it has some nos parts on it $10,000”


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1953? M-38 Fort Smith, AR $5900


UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/27/2016) Looks in good shape.

“Flat head 4cyl
3 speed trans
Brand new 31×10.50r15 Degan 38’s
New brakes from master cylinder down
New complete valve job
New fuel pump
New water pump
New oil lines

We originally restored this jeep 7 yrs ago at that time we rebuilt trans transfercase and had it painted has less then 2000 miles on it since it was restored.
Does have a few chips in paint runs and drives good located in fort smith Arkansas. ”


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1952 M-38 Junction City, OR $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/05/2015) Engine isn’t running correctly. ”

“1952 willy’s jeep small block 350 top loader 4 speed blow proof housing timing is off and the clutch is stuck needs battery 16 gallon fuel cell Dana 44 front and rear 31 inch tires 95% tread”




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1951 M-38 Signal Hill, CA $4900


UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/19/2014) Has the front of the rollcage installed on the steps.

“1951 Jeep m38 283 small block chevy. Runs good, with only about 500 miles on engine. Rebuilt transfer case, bigger brakes all new, dual exaust, bigger dana rear end, heavy duty rear bumper. No texts. Call number for questions.”


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1951 M-38 Kalispell, MT $4999


Looks solid.

“1951 Jeep
4 Cylinder
Artic Cab
Runs Great!”



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1952 M-38(?) Fort Smith, AR $5500


Has some kind of updated engine.

“1952Customized “Willys Army Jeep” $5500/OBO
Many New Parts….See List in Pictures…..


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1952 M-38 Schenectady, NY $10,000


Given where the bends are in the front loop, I wonder if this was original a 3B cage.

“This is for a 1952 m38 jeep.
Chevy 350 fully fuel injected edelbrock, lifted and has dick copek



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1951 Model? Mountlake Terrace, WA $10,000


No pics and no description. Probably an M-38 or CJ-3A.



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1951? M-38? Loveland, CO $5500

• CATEGORIES: M-38, MB • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $5500.

(03/23/2015) Seller lists this as a M-38, but it appears to have a MB/GPW body and fenders.


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“1951 Willy’s Jeep for sale. I am 72 and cannot get in and out of this Jeep. This is the only reason I am selling it. This Jeep has had $15,000.00 in work done to it. Comes with all the paperwork. Runs excellent.”


The engine has been completely rebuilt, balanced rotating assembly with new balancer and flex plate. Piston are 9.3:1 .030 over SpeedPro with Teflon coated skirts, Aluminum Heads have 200cc intake runner and 60cc chambers, (valve are one piece forged PBM Erson EV8 staineless steel 2,02 / 1.600, Bronze valve guides, Chrome Moly PBM Retainers and Keepers, Erson Springs good for .550-Lift, 7/16 ARP screw in studs ans Guide plates, ans ARP Head Bolds), Double Roller Timing Chain, 5/16 Hardened Push Rods, SpeedPro Camshaft 214/224 with .472/.496 lift, Erson Forged 1.6 Aluminum Roller Rockers with needle bearing fulcrum), Aluminum Intake, Edelbrock 1403, 500CFM Carb, GM HEI Distributor, GM Delco Remy Alternator and new starter.

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1952 M-38 Little Rock, AR $1500


Runs, no title.

“1952 M38 Jeep No title, does run has a 289 V-8 $1500.00 FIRM! Please call”



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1952 M-38 Zachary, LA $1700


No pics provided.

“289 v8
Some rust
Never titled”


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1951 CJ-3A(?) La Mesa, CA $3500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, M-38, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

No pics provided.

“51 Willys, 372 Chevy striker, Dana lockers front and rear, 16 forward gears, new paint, carpet,new clutch and pressure plate, be cool aluminum radiator. Needs tired and brake job. Motor out of vehicle. ”


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Year? M-38 Acampo, CA $3000


Needs work.

“Needs to be restored. Has 9400 original miles make offer”



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1950 M-38 Andalusia, AL $5000


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/22/2016) Looks like a good price.

“For sale. 1950 m38 Jeep (cj3a). Flathead 4 cyl engine. 3 speed trans. New tires. Ready to go. I have just installed a brand new gear reduction starter, I should have done this sooner, it is awesome. New 12 volt system, drive it anywhere (at 45 to 50 mph-top speed). Street legal. Tagged and insured. ”



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1951 M-38 New Brighton, PA $13,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Looks nice. Seller intentionally kept some of the dents/dings.

“1951 M38 Willys Jeep. Original flat head motor, tranny, drive line. All original parts. 24 Volt. Body off restoration by previous owner. Body and frame media blasted and painted original color green. Body dents and bruises unrepaired to preserve the authenticity and history of the Korean war. Runs and drives beautifully. New top and old top. 5,075 original miles. Was previously owned by local marine organization who used the jeep soley (for riding marine veterans who were no longer able to walk) in local parades.”


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