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1952 M-38 Wichita Falls, Tx **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Price now $8500 (Previously, there was no price). Status Unknown.

“Additional photos and information upon request. Price negotiable. Below Jeep shown in Memorial Day Parade 2010.”

The body of this Jeep is in excellent condition. Engine was rebuilt by excellent mechanics. Water pump is not new but appears to be fine. New thermostat, new starter, generator checks good, new radiator and belts, new springs for a slightly softer ride, transmission and rear-end rebuilt – new seals, etc., new wheel bearings and seals, new tie-rod joints, etc, all lights work except right tail light (have not checked out problem), new wiring harness, 24 volt system.

ISSUES: Carburetor air-wrong pipe between carburetor and air cleaner, grill needs to be adjusted to be vertical, fuel gauge doesn’t work – could be gauge or fuel-sending unit in gas tank (new fuel-sending unit on hand), temperature gauge – installed a new sensor in engine block but it still doesn’t work…gauge? sensor?, Amp meter gauge doesn’t work., 3 data plaques need to be attached (plaques and drive rivets on hand), Brakes-everything is new or rebuilt – new brake lines, new brake master cylinder, new brake cylinders, drums radius ground but still brakes are not as good as they should be – glazed? Hard linings?, Lights – right tail light is not working, Engine timing needs check, Carburetor low speed adjustment needs check, New windshield wiper motors installed but wiper is inoperative – should check valve and connections-could be vacuum pump-may need rebuilt kit?, New tires but wrong size…7:00-16 should be 6:00-16, two small holes in seat covers – daughter stood on seats with high heels during Veterans Day parade-bad move -otherwise all seats are new, emergency brake works but not correctly-wrong brake cable, horn is hooked up but honks constantly-short?, no top canvas or side curtains, I have the 2 original doors but canvas needs replacement. Mileage: 200 miles since rebuild.

Note: I started the project in 1993, to build the M38. I acquired a 1952 CJ5 that had a near perfect body and modified by adding the battery box in the cowl and adding all the hardware to make it identical to a military Jeep. Bought and had a top-noch rebuild on an original engine. Purchased new or very good original accessories such as starter, generator, etc, new paint and markings of the Jeep I used in the Korean War. If the issues I’ve listed were addressed, the Jeep should be identical to a true military issued vehicle. I used the CJ5 Title to license as an antique vehicle.

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1952 M-38 Salem, OR **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was $8000. **SOLD**

It appears mostly stock, but can’t tell a lot from the pics.

“1952 Willys Jeep for sale $8000 obo.”


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1952 CDN Ford M-38 Lynchburg, VA **SOLD**

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**SOLD** Was priced at $14,999. This is a rare Ford-built Canadian M-38.

“1952 M-38 – 1/4 Ton Truck (Jeep)

This is an original military spec jeep not the Willys CJ
4 Cyl Ford Engine
Serial Number F100180
Very Good Condition
Less than 3000 miles
This Jeep was professionally restored about 10 years ago.
Since then it has always been garage kept.
Originally waterproof 24 Volt Ignition System
Original rare complete battery box with two new batteries
Well rebuilt engine with all correct engine components.
All original sheet metal, NOS fenders, sandblasted, epoxy-primed and painted, no rust what so ever
Comes with jerry can
Functional headlights, taillights, indicators.
Axe & shovel straps, Shovel is present.
Original steering wheel, plus an extra.
We have the original data plates but they are not installed, can get a new reproduction for $100.
Newer reproduction canvas upholstery, front & rear seats
Previously had Vinyl markings, which we would recommend be added back.
Good gas tank, top bow & top bow brackets
Nice floor – great condition

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1952 M-38 Linwood, MI **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Was $7900. Status Unknown

This looks solid. It is no longer 24 volt. It should never have been 6 volt.


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1951 M-38 Oshkosh, WI eBay

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This looks good except for the missing tool indents. It does not run. This was on Craigslist.

“1951 Willys M38 (MC) USN Jeep
12 volt system
not running but appears to be complete
More pictures churp05atyahoodotcom
inspections encouraged
ASKING $5500 (OBO)”

View all the information on eBay


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1952 M-38 Elyria, OH *SOLD*

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was listed at $8500.

Check out the hydraulic system in the tool box.

“1952 M38 For Sale
In Overall Excellent Condition
This vehicle has a Best Top Soft Top and Doors, rebuilt engine with Solex Carburetor, improved oil filter, original water proof distributor and plugs, original generator, original 24 Volt wiring with 2 new batteries, original fording kit, hand throttle, lights and switches, etc. Tank new and sealed with no rust.
Upgraded T/Case with larger shafts, has PTO with Hydraulic motor for Mile Marker Hydraulic Winch. Upgraded axles from 11 spline to 19 spline. Front axles have custom freewheeling hubs derived from Aisin. Rear axle has differential locker and upgraded seals. Original Three Speed transmission that has also been rebuilt.
Upgraded suspension incorporating the original shackles. Vehicle has new Trxxus 33″ tires. Spare is brand new. Spade and Axe included as is Jerry can holder on the rear. Vehicle also has a snorkel.
The body work is not rusted but does have some dents. The brake master cylinder leaks — needs new seals and one of the wheel brake cylinders needs replaced. That is all that is required. This vehicle runs and drives beautifully.”

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1950 M-38 Jacksonville, FL **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was listed at $6000.

This includes a warn OD. It looks in good condition.

“Runs and drives fine. It’s 63 years old with original parts and still runs like a champ. These jeeps were used in the Korean War 61-63 years ago. They are 24v and were built to be fully submersible. The M38 is a beefier, military version of the CJ3A. There is a lot more to say about these jeeps but I’ll keep it short. It attracts a lot of attention. It was my daily driver for over a year before I wanted something a little more… luxurious. There is also nowhere to play with these off-road anymore so it just sits in the garage. This M38 is even more unique because it is all original, not some hobbled-together assembly of random jeep parts from different jeep models that happen to fit together like you typically see. It has an $800 Warn over-drive that can be engaged in any gear. Has new tires too. I have the real title and the matching, original data-plates are still there and readable. Come drive it 🙂 I won’t entertain any other offers unless it is backed it up with a comparable example. Good luck finding one! 😉 Use email for communication.”

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1951 M-38 Creighton, MO **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was on eBay

(03/08/2013) Lights and Gauges do not work.

“1951 rust free m38 willys jeep. Runs, drives, stops. Has original 24v system. Engine was rebuilt a few years back and has less than 500 miles on rebuild. Has new fuel tank. Starter was rebuilt. Have receipts to back up work. Over $5000 invested in the work alone. Brakes work. Has clear title. Some of the bads: 60+ year old vehicle has some leaks but not to bad for this age. Lights do not work. Gauges do not work. Hi low shifter will pop into neutral under deceleration w/o bungee. This vehicle was owned by one person for over 30 years prior to me. I don’t want to sell but I need the funds right now. ”

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1952 M-38 Warren, ME $4000

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This has a glass tub.

“1952 M38 Jeep 134 4cyL 3spd w/overdrive. 4×4. Locking Hubs. Aluminum Hardtop w/Doors, Fiberglass Tub. New Wiring, Brakeline, Master Cyl. Heater, Seats and cushions, Fuel Tank, Wiper Motors, Fusebox. Good Tires. Runs and Drives – Will Consider Trades. No Sleds. $4000.00 Call me at 207-975-0073.”




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1952 Ford M-38 CDN Oro Station, Canada **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was auctioned on eBay. **SOLD**

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 **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $9800.

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.”

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1951 M-38 East Stroudsburg, PA **SOLD*

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was  on eBay

“This is a 1951 Willys  M38 Jeep in good condition runs great mostly original drives straight but unfortunately need to sell.”


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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 Phoenix, AZ **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Sold. Was priced at $19,000.

“1952 M38 Ser.#65578 Original 24 volt, water fording, condition with added: Tow Bar, M-1 rifle rack, radio and overdrive.”

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Year? M-38 Norway, ME **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Was listed at $7200. **Status Unknown**

This looks in good shape.

“early 50s flat fender M38 military jeep ….excellent body and sheet metal …road worthy drive or show …also have an M38 A1”

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1952 M-38 Milpitas, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  Price dropped to $4700. **SOLD**

(10/05/2012)  “1952 Jeep.U.S. Army.Runs good.All original.”

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1951 M-38 Plaistow, NH $10,995

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UPDATE:  Still Available

(10/04/2012) This looks very good.  Lots of pics.  No description.


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1952 CJ-3A Corsicana, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“This 1952 Willys Jeep has benefitted from a complete restoration back to its factory specs including Army issue green paint and even the appropriate white lettering. It is powered by a torquey four cylinder engine, 4 speed transmission, full transfer case pushing the power to the robust 4X4 Willys axles.”


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1951 M-38 Blackville, SC eBay

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Looks like a good M-38.

“1951 Willys Military Jeep. Very close to original; 24-volt system; runs great; new fuel tank.”

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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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1951 M-38? Pioneer, CA $7,400


UPDATE:  Price dropped to $7400.

(07/31/2013) From the grille, to the body, to the rear shock mount, this looks more like a MB/GPW than a M-38.

“For your consideration is a cleanly & near fully restored 1951 Willys M38 Jeep custom. Appropriately nicknamed “Killer Bee” (it has 3 hand painted Custom logos); this project began as a repair, and with time gradually ended up becoming a Top-down Custom Restoration project.

The Jeep:

The Body is Yellow, Heavy Textured Rhino Lining. The Top is a custom made aluminum Hard Top with three windows and Black, Medium Textured Rhino Lining.

The Doors are hard removable, have sliding windows and are Black, Medium Textured Rhino Lining.

The Interior is Black, Medium Textured Rhino Lining. Military Jeep seats w/ rear jump seat have all been reupholstered. 6 point roll bar, CB radio, Stereo w/2 speakers, Custom Carbon Fiber Instrument panel with matching gauges. (Speedometer, Tachometer, Oil pressure, Coolant Temperature, Voltmeter, Fuel Level, Vacuum gauges). The whole vehicle has been completely rewired and a current style fuse box installed.

The Drivetrain: The Engine is a 1965 Ford 289 (1966 Timing cover and water pump); The Transmission is a 1966 Ford C4; The Transfer Case is 1951 Willys T18, The Differentials are Dana 27 with 5.38:1 Gears, The Front Diff is closed knuckle with DUALMATIC twin cam manual locking hubs, and the Rear Diff is Full Floating with 11X2 inch Drum.

The Engine has been completely rebuilt; Balanced rotating assembly with new Balancer and Flex Plate. Pistons are 9.3:1 .030 over SpeedPro with Teflon coated skirts, Aluminum Heads have 200cc intake runner and 60cc chambers, (Valves are one piece forged PBM ERSON EV-8 stainless 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 and Guide plates, and 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, Holley Street Avenger 570 CFM Carburetor, GM HEI Distributor, GM Delco Remy Alternator and a new Starter.

All parts are new as you would expect from a resto-rebuild. . . i.e. water pump, thermostat, fuel pump, oil pump, oil pump drive, hoses, plugs, plug wires etc.

New Brakes, front Disk Brake Conversion, new calipers, rotors, pads, brakes lines master cylinder, power booster, rear shoes with reconditioned drums, dual exhaust, 2.25 inch through Magnaflow mufflers.

This truck is sitting on Rancho 2.5 in lift spring, the springs have been moved to on top of the axles, riding on 33X12.5 15s tires (with more than 90% life remaining).

The Jeep runs great, I use it as my daily driver, I want to start a new project. . . with a little larger profile. With Approximately $18,500 invested, my loss is YOUR GAIN!! Call Ed at Home @ 209-two nine five-four one nine three, or text me at 209-four one eight-nine one zero nine.”


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1951 M-38 Lancaster, PA $13,500

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This appears solid.

“1951 M-38 Willys Jeep Military new paint job, rebuilt engine only 8713 miles have top and set covers $13,500 please call 717-687-8101 it is land line so no text”


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Year? M-38 Magalia, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

This looks solid and includes an overdrive.

“For Sale, Jeep M38 with snow plow. Healthy 327 engine with Holly fuel injection. SM420 transmission, Warn overdrive, two sets of tires w/wheels, one set chained up and one set for highway and off road use. Power steering and brakes.”


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1949? M-38 Three Forks, MT **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500

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 **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500

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”


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