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1951 M-38 Arrington, TN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5995.

“1951 Willys M38
This is an original Military jeep that has 99% of the original equipment.
Restoration has begun. Complete New brake system, new front springs, shocks, wheels and tires, seat frames and upolstery, new gauges and nos plate, all new data plates, windshield frame restored and new windshield and many other items.
Runs and drives. Body fair but needs work.”



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1952 M-38 Lakeland, FL $8500


Better pics would be useful.


“1952 M38 willys jeep run great , have parts to convert back too 24 volts if need too, a must see asking 8500.00 or OBO”


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1956? M-38 Big Bear Lake, CA $5000


UPDATE: Still Available. Year has changed from ’53 to ’56. 

(02/26/2018) Probably has an F-head in it.


“1953 Willis m38 jeep 4 x 4 military jeep brand new tires all four. Runs but needs restored can drive around Town but just got no op! I have pink in hand ! Possible trade for utility work truck .”


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1952 M-38 Houston, TX $3500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(04/17/2018) Doesn’t run.


“1952 Jeep Willys, clean blue Texas title, not running, good project.”

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CJ-2A & M-38 Boonville, IN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was at auction.

Online bidding for this auction closes May 1st. The late 1946 CJ-2A is militarized.

“1952 Military Willys Jeep w/new canvas
1946 Military Willys Jeep – Previously Restored”

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1949? M-38 Lincoln, CA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE II: **Status Unknown** Was $7500.

UPDATE I (04/08/2018) I did some research on the miner hood ornament. You can see a result of that research on this post.

This has the hard-to-find miner hood ornament. Bill shared this ad.

“1949 Willys M-38
Motor 225 CI Buick V-6
4 Barrel Holley Carb
1 piece windshield with center vent
Transmission T-90
Transfer case Dana 18
Front Axle Dana 25
Rear Axle Dana 44”

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1951 M-38 La Vernia, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

Includes a variety of extra parts.

“All original 1951 Willy’s M38. This is not the civilian version. This is the military version with 24V wiring system, fully boxed frame, and water-proof wiring harness. Original Willy’s flathead 134 engine, transmission, and transfer case. Included are many parts to start the restoration including all new gauges with wiring, new voltage regulator, new gaskets, and much much more. Over $4,500 invested. The jeep is not currently running or driving. It will serve as the perfect candidate for a full restoration. Clean Texas title in hand.
I bought this jeep with the intention of a frame-off restoration, but I have many other projects and this one has been neglected. I am sad to see it go, but I just don’t have the time to devote to it. Message with any questions or to set up a time to come take a look. Asking $3,000.”

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1952 M-38 Comstock Park, MI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was auctioned at BAT.

Chad spotted this customized M-38 on a Bring-A-Trailer Auction.

“This 1952 Willys M38 was purchased as a military-spec example by the seller in 1996 and subsequently underwent extensive refurbishment to its exterior sheet metal, tub, frame, brakes, steering, exhaust, and 24-volt electrical system. Power is sent to all four wheels from an L-head 134ci four-cylinder through a 3-speed transmission and 2-speed transfer case, all three of which were rebuilt during the 1990s work. Modifications include a new old-stock military deep-water fording kit as well as modern gauges, lighting, and wheels. This M38 is offered with documentation of the refurbishment, two covers, and a clean Michigan title.”


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1952 M-38 Durham, NC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000.

Seller has a variety of vehicles, including the Seagrave fire truck hotrod. Looks kind of fun!

“1952 Seagrave firetruck Hot Rod. V12 gas motor. $9000
1952 M38 great shape. $7000
1956 Pontiac hardtop. Factor AC car. $2000
1960 International B100. Runs great. $5000
1951 Plymouth Concord Barn Find $4500
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook. Runs great.
1962 Unibody Big back window shortbed. $2500
1961 Unibody Big back window shortbed. $2500
1963 Unibody Big back window shortbed. $2500
1932 Ford truck. Needs everything. $4500
1971 Olds Convertable. Super clean. $8500
1949 Ford Prefect $4500”


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1947? M-38 Socastee, SC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

(01/10/2017) Listed as a 1947 CJ-2A, it looks like an M-38.

“I have a 1947 Willys CJ2A military style jeep with a 1970 motor. Runs great. Four wheel drive works great too. New carburetor. Has rust but what do you expect from a 1947. Open to trades and offers.”


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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6200.

Has a few updates.

“1952 M38 Willys Excellant body, Chevy 4 Cyl “Iron Duke”, T90 Transmission, Model 18 Transfer Case, Electric Overdive, Posi Front & Rear, 5.38 Gears, Original PTO Winch also PTO to Rear, 11″ Brakes, Rear Seat
$6,200 or Best Offer.”

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1950 CJ-3A? Flora Vista, NM $1000


No pics provided.


“1950 Willys Jeep basket case, lots of new parts. YJ springs, new floor pans ready to be installed. Had Ford 302 that was in it that will go with. Everything is there except wheels and tires, just dont have time to finish putting back together.”

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1952 M-38 Boise, ID $3500


Could be a good restoration candidate.


“1952 army jeep. this jeep has been stored indoors for more than 30 years time for someone to bring it back to life. has many of the original blackout lights and other hard to find pieces original hard top etc. I’m selling for my elderly friend. he is still digging out more parts for it. LOCATED IN MIDDLETON IDAHO WHICH IS JUST WEST OF BOISE IDAHO.”


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1952 M-38 Little Rock, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,500.

Could use some more pics.

“This is the real deal! This is a 1952 Willys M38 Army Jeep. Is is mostly original, runs good, has some rust and is currently licensed in California.”

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1953? M-38 Glendale, AZ $8750

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Lots of updates. Looks like a fun drive.


“1953 Jeep M38
Buick V6
Warn Overdrive 12 speed forward, 4 speed reverse
Warn Hubs
11 1/2″ brakes
PTO Winch
Saginaw steering
New Tires
Stewart Warner Gages
$8,750 OBO
No Trades”

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1952 M-38 Twin Falls, ID **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7500.

No hood?

“1952 Military Willy’s Overland M38 Jeep with military data tag. Off frame restoration. Every part blasted or replaced. New wheels, lights, instruments and more.”

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1951 M-38 Greeneville, TN **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

(03It has a hole where the spare tire carrier used to be, so it could use some patching.

“I’m selling my ’51 Willys Jeep. It is a M-38 model. The body is in really outstanding condition on this unit and it also performs mechanically outstanding as well. It has never been restored and I guess one would refer to it as a survivor. I have owned this jeep for awhile now and have preformed any maintenance or repairs as they were needed. Things I recall replacing are radiator, master cylinder, oil filter canister, front one piece axles, seats reupholstered, new top with new hardware, new shifter boots and maybe more. Only rust it has is small spot where the spare tire was mounted. I meant to repair but never got to it. The jeep still has all the original drivetrain. 4 wheel drive works good. Has very good factory installed heater with defroster.”

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1951 M-38 Arvada, CO $4800


UPDATE: Still Available.

(03/21/2018) Not running at the moment.


“1951 Willy’s M38 Military Jeep
Buick V6 225 Dauntless engine
– engine turns over, needs carburetor work
3 speed T90 transmission
Dana 18 transfercase
Many new body parts:
– Right body panel
– Rear floor and rear fenders
– Tool box and floor pan
– Seats
– Fuel tank and Fuel pump
– Windshield glass is new and frame
– Wheel cylinders and Brake lines
– Brake master cylinder
No title, serious buyers only please”


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1950 M-38 Cherryville, NC $1200


No pics provided.


“1950 Willys Military jeep
Also have 2 1981 VW volkeswagen pick up trucks”


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1957 Press Photo of Mine Detector eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38, Old Images

UPDATE: Another example of this photo was posted to eBay back in 2014 (see photos at bottom).

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“1957 Press Photo Edmond Kulanski checks a jeep-mounted mine detector in Virginia. This is an original press photo. Mine “Sweeper” Fort Belvoir, Va.: Developed by the Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratories at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, this jeep-mounted mine detector is checked by Specialist Edmond Kulanski, of Shaker Heights, Ohio. The device automatically stops the vehicle when it locates a buried mine. The movable search-head can be controlled by the driver of the innovations worked out by the military and civilian scientists engaged in vital research for the U.S. defense establishment, which offers unlimited opportunities for qualified applicants. Photo measures 7 x 9 inches. Photo is dated 03-14-1957.”

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1952 M-38 Star, ID $3700


Doesn’t run.


“1952 army jeep . selling for a senior friend. been stored 30 plus years. still can see the army logo on the doors. this jeep would be an excellent restoration project.4 cylinder 3 speed with hi lo. I don’t know a lot more about it . oh it turns over but not running.”

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1952 M-38 St. Louis, MO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000.

Looks solid.

“1952 m38 military jeep nice original old jeep never apart only painted one time lots of nos parts runs & drives good may trade”

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1951 M-38 La Vernia, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Not sure how much value is here. Includes a Cab Enclosure hard top.

“I have a 1951 Willys M38 for sale. No engine, transmission or transfer case. Frame was stretched to install a different drivetrain but body was not stretched. Body tub is damaged at cowl from being picked up by a grapple at salvage yard. Has matching Arctic Top with doors. Official use only is still visible on the doors. No front fenders. Has all data plates intact and have the original gauge cluster and some of the original engine parts. Still has lots of its original tie down loops including those to secure the Axe and shovel on the passenger side. Make a good restoration project or parts vehicle.”


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1953 M-38 San Antonio, TX $1500


Travis has this M-38 up for sale.

“Up for sale is a 1952 Willys M38 military/army Jeep, a great ranch or hunting vehicle. Overall a very solid project.

– Very minimal body rust
– No frame rust
– F-head engine that turns over
– Trans/tcase case shift smooth
– Locking hubs work
– Windshield glass in excellent condition
– Heavy duty winch bumper
– Soft top bows
– Jerry can mount w/strap

– No hood
– Driver seat frame rusted in two, but still salvageable
– Battery box rusted
– Most likely needs new radiator
– Drivers side rear leaf spring bolt broken”

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1952 Model? Visalia, CA $4500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, M-38, M-38A1

Sounds like it has updates. No pics provided.


“1952 Willys jeep. Has a 283 Chevy motor. Four wheel drive works. Granny works. 8000 Pound front wench. 2 back seats for extra riders. Runs great.”