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1951 M-38 Barto, PA No Price


Craig spotted this project for sale.


“I have a 1951 Willys M38 for sale unfortunately I started the project many years ago and don’t have the time to complete it.I will add pictures of the tub and windshield in a few days. If interested call!”

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Year? Flattie Project Gilroy, CA $2500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/05/2019) It appears to be a complication of parts.


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“For sale. Old Willys jeep. Best I can tell it’s between 1946 to 1950. Has a buick V-6 in it. Looks like it would run. pretty clean. Haven’t tried it. Has a lift kit. New BFG mud terrains. New rims. Needs work. Has some rust, not too bad. looks to be pretty complete. Needs front drive line, and exhaust. Has power steering. I know nothing about it. Took it in as a trade. Look at the pics. NO title. Bill of sale. Last registered in 1997.”

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1952 M-38 Wilson County, TN $3300


It’s a project.



“Project, garage find been sitting for numerous years customized and upgraded Andre done back in the 70s I believe. 1952 M38 Willis Overland hot rod from the factory warmed up with a Buick V6 and headers. Make an appointment for a test drive.? Fresh tune-up and a oil change. Great project for a family .Sold to a good home only. Tow bar can be used to tow it home yourself, very negotiable any trades would have to B a vintage vehicle?”



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1952 M-38 Kalispell, MT **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500.

Has a variety of updates.

“52 Willys M38 restomod floors have been redone no rust suspension upgraded 283 Chevy V8 sm465 for Speed transmission Dana 20 transfer case Novak adapter Dana 44 rear Dana 27 Front upgraded bigger brakes power steering near new tires everything replaced new rebuilt on engine broke in cam engine still needs to be broke in life took a u-turn on me now need to sell has a couple of things that need to be finished but it’s all there”

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1950 M-38 St. Louis, MO $16,500


The sale includes a 1966 M416. You can email Stan at stanjj3m @ att.net (remove spaces before and after the “@”).

“Originally restored in the “90’s by a Korean War Veteran. I’ve been driving, repairing and updating since “05. Runs drives stops 4×4 works newer wiring harness. Missouri titles for both. $16500.00”





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1952 M-38 Belfair, WA $1100


Looks like this also has a Bobcat hood.





“This flat fender Jeep was born as a post-World War ll 1952 Willy’s M38 military Jeep. At some point in its life it received an all-aluminum Buick V8 (215 CID), fiberglass fenders and hood, Rancho freedom rider lift, 31×10.5×15 tires, Con-Ferr shackles, full cage, unique diamond plate type rear wrap, steps, and dash. It still has the stock transmission and transfer case with PTO. PTO winch is included. Stock axle assemblies, I do not know the gear ratios or if it has lockers/LSDs; however, it does have factory axle tags for LSD fluid required.
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1952 M-38 Cokato, MN $6500


Steve’s got this M-38 for sale.


“1952 willys M38 jeep. Was a civil defense vehicle. Rust free. 12 volt conversion nicely done little damage to original wiring. 26000 miles. Mc 134 motor, completely rebuilt tranny, transfer case , steering box and brakes. Plus more. Every thing works. Call for more information
Also have the original 16 inch military rims painted white like pintle. This is a solid jeep great daily driver, or easy candidate for restoring to original”

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1951 M-38 Green Bay, WI $3700


This has a half cab Cab Enclosure. My assumption is that this was custom cut down into a half cab. I suspect the Cab’s part number can definitively document whether the cab is originally a full cab or not.


“Runs Drives Plows really well Body isn’t perfect Fhead Original trans and tcase Good oil pressure Clean title Military m38 half cab”

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Year? M-38 **SOLD**





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1951 M-38 Tucson, AZ $2800


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/23/2019) Some more pics would be helpful, but there seems to be potential here.


“1951 willy’s jeep. Great project. Has v-6. Great shape for age. Surface rust. $2800 obo. Clean az title.”


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1951 M-38 Mesa, AZ $3000


Joe in Mesa shared this one. Looks like a good price.


“1951 Jeep Willy’s CJ3, Buick 255 V6 conversion, it’s a runner, super fun jeep, ready climb a mountain”

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1951 M-38 Lockwood, IL $17,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Looks nice.



“1951 Willys M-38, everything gone thru, no rust anywhere, new paint, decals, 2 new front tires, gauges, brakes, exhaust, everything works. only reason i’m selling is I found slightly newer Jeep similar to one i drove in Army, don’t have room for two.”


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1950 Jeepster? Port Hope, MI $7000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Jeepster, M-38

UPDATE: Thanks to Clem, I now know the difference between Baltimore and New Baltimore 🙂 .. Thanks Clem!

No pics provided. May be a Jeepster?


“I am selling my 1950 jeep willy’s. Its been stored in a barn for the last 20 year. Only taken out a few time. It runs good. It has been restored. It has a new top, seats, new white wall tires.
Pictures upon request.
It has only 68,000 miles on it.
Serious buyers only. I live in New Baltimore. Will travel to show car.”

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1952 M-38 Body Tucson, AZ $200

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, M-38

Price is right. I’ve seen much worse for more money.


“Stripped body some rust.”


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1951 M-38 Heber City, UT **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

“Everything is original” is not quite the case, but the body appears solid.

“1951 M38 military Jeep. Transfer case and Motor completely rebuilt. Frame and body restored. Everything is original. It has been updated from 24v to 12 volt. Have the original field manual. May need a ring gear on the flywheel or a starter which I have have. Not in any hurry to sale. I just hate to see it sitting. $10,000. OBO.”

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1952 M-38 Luxemburg, WI $8900


I’ve not seen a winch setup quite like that.


“Looking for a great M38 restoration candidate?
Here it is.
Runs drives and stops
Good oil pressure
Doors included
Original ID tags on… Read More”

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CJ-2A, M-38 and Various Parts Johannesburg, MI

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38, Parts

No pics provided. Sounds like seller has a couple non running jeeps and other parts.


“I have a complete 1946/1947 cj2a jeep not running for parts or restore….. the drive train is good working and movable..(engine has stuck valve in guide).. …..good title……. Have a 1951 m38 jeep military with arctic aluminum military ordinance cab…….. I have some other parts for these jeeps….front and rear cj2a axles with springs…..extra complete rolling chassis(with good title….bought with no tub) with new springs front and rear axle…. bearings… brakes… bushings…. W/engine/trans/transfer case assembly’s project cj2a ….. been sand blasted and military olive drab paint…… no pics though…have buick 225 dauntless oddfire jeep engine and trans with transfer case…also carbureted 231 buick engine with low miles”

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1952 M-38 Omaha, NE $14,500


Has a variety of updates including a replacement tub.


“M-38 custom bumpers, warn 8000 with synthetic line, LED JK headlights, rebuilt L head, T 98 from Herm’s, Spicer 18 tcase, excellent condition, runs perfect. Includes lots of extra parts including parts to make reverse cut dana 44 and 60 axles. Clean title W MC vin number, cash only, or trade towards flying airplane.”

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Year? M-38 Sikeston, MO $4000


Needs an engine.


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“This m38 contains about everything but the engine, radiator and wiring. this is a good restoration project. It comes with solid frame, springs, axles, drive shafts, m38 wheels, steering sector, transmission, transfer case, good tub, tail gate,windshield with glass, hood, fenders, grill, all three seat frames, spare tire carrier, jerry can holder, pintle hitch,front bumper. bumperettes, and much more. The cowl battery box is missing. This jeep is very solid with minimal rust. NO title. Will consider reasonable offers. If the ad is up it is still available.”

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1951 M-38 Davidsonville, MD $16,500


This M-38 has a variety of updates.


“Selling my 1951 M38 class 1 (stock class) rockcrawler. While this was being built I had 2 kids and I don’t want to cut this up to accommodate the family so I’m willing to trade for a nice K5, Bronco, jeepster, wagoneer, something that can seat 4 and hit the trail. If your are interested in buying or trading messages me for build details”

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1951 M-38 Rathdrum, WA $2200


It’s a project. Seller saved it from a wrecking yard years ago.



“For sale: 1951 M38 Military Willys Jeep. Saved from wrecking yard years ago, you can save it from my garage.

No title – I will supply new owner with bill of sale, previous owners bill of sale and bill of sale from wrecking yard. Original title was surrendered to Wa State by wrecking yard when declared salvage, so you will need to apply for rebuilt/salvage title. Original VIN plate intact.

Restoration begun with original parts, not completed. Body/frame solid except a couple easy to repair areas. Comes with original M38 drivetrain (currently out of jeep with engine disassembled/incomplete) and extra original parts. Right front hub is frozen but on front rollers so it can be moved. You will need to trailer.

$2200/ offer. Need out of my garage so make a solid offer.”


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1950 M-38 JeepRod Broken Arrow, OK **SOLD**?


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $26,999.

Chad spotted this tame looking M-38 with a 5.3L LS engine.

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Selling a 1950 Willys M38 Korean War era Army Jeep. Recently finished the frame off restoration. This vehicle has approximately 2000 miles on it. All reasonable offers considered. This Jeep is like new. It runs great and it’s a lot of fun to drive. It gets a lot of attention and thumbs up driving down the road.

– New windshield frame
– New glass
– New seat frames
– New seat cushions
– Saginaw power steering upgrade. New steering box with Advance Adapters steering kit.
– New 16″ steel wheels
– New radial all-terrain tires
– Four wheel disc brake upgrade
– New master cylinder
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1950 CJ-3A? Wheatland, CA $2000


No pics provided.


“1950 willys jeep, all original, all there, needs restored. l48 engine, have windshield, and pink slip. 2000. BO”

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1950 M-38 Stanton, MI $13,000

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Appears in good shape.


“1950 Willys M38 military jeep. These jeeps were used during the Korean war era. Near perfect condition. Original 134L engine. No bondo. All metal. Four wheel drive works”


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1951 M-38 Greenwood, CA $4800


This is a project that will need lots of work. Seller believes the M-38 was the least produced jeep, but Willys produced other models with less units.


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“1951 M38 Willy’s Military Jeep. Was 24 volt but has been converted to 12 volt. I have been working on this project for 6 years and it’s time to move on. I have taken this down to the frame and started to put it back together. It ran and drove before my restoration began.
It has a:
Buick V6 even fire out of an early Grand National (better than the odd fires)
Dana 27 front axle
Dana 44 Rear axle
Brand new Rancho 2.5 inch lift kit with new leafs and shocks
Muncie SM420 4-speed

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