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Restored M-38 ‘Wows’ at Car Show in Canada

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38

According to this Canadian website, an M-38 restored by Kevin and Sharon Martin ‘wowed’ the crowd at North Bay’s Summer in the Park car show.


Photo and article by Jeff Turl.

Photo and article by Jeff Turl.

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1951 M-38 Green Bay, WI $7000


This looks to be a solid M-38 with a replacement body.

1951 Willys Jeep in excellent condition. Several year restoration–in storage since completion with very little use. Comes with soft top and extra set of tires. Ford V-8 302 powered, stick shift. No rust. Original except for engine. Needs minor TLC. The hydraulic brakes and clutch need bleeding.”


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1951 M-38 Reserve, NM $1800


Comes with updated axles.

I have a 1951 Willy’s needs work has Dana 44 in the rear with a air locker in has a spring over and relocated shocks i have a rebuilt l head motor to go in it has original trans and tcase in it dana 30 front axle body is fair on it cab mount are solid and more sale or trade $1800 call or text Ryan”



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1951 M-38 El Dorado, KS **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

This is a project.


1951 Willys Jeep M38
This is a Korean War era Military Jeep.
It is fully titled, with a clean KS title, and currently on an antique plate.
The jeep is currently NOT running, and is a ‘project’.

Parts included:
Original Frame, springs, axles, steering gear.
Repro-body. Appears to be about 15-20 years old. In excellent condition, only light surface rust in a few spots. Has been painted rattle can OD green.
Original Dana 18 transfer case.
Besttop Soft top.
Chevy Vortec 4.3, with full wiring harness, gauge cluster, ecu out of an S10 truck.

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


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500

(07/12/2014) Needs work.

Motor is a buick V6. Needs motor work . Has a PTO winch.l”


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1951 M-38 Chatham, NJ **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.



“Take a look at this completely rebuilt beautiful 1951 Willys M38 Army Jeep.

This jeep was rescued from a gentleman in North Jersey in 2013. He had begun to restore the jeep but got in over his head. I purchased it and it underwent a frame off rebuild.

I’ve owned over thirty flat fender jeeps and have restored approx. 25 of them and have sold them successfuly on e-Bay. This Jeep had an excellent 1951 M38 frame and drive train including a correct MC marked engine. The engine was professionally rebuilt by Sigafoos Rebuilders in Easton, PA. The tranny was rebuilt by me and the transfer case and axles have had new seals, bearings, and fluids as needed.

Everything has been gone through on this jeep and everthing has been sand blasted, cleaned, repainted, or replaced with new, NOS, or repro parts.

Chassis and Drive Train: new leaf springs front and rear, new shackles, new shocks, new axle bumpers, frame stripped/blasted and painted, new front bumper, new rear crossmember, new clutch and bearing, new seals and bearings on tranny(rebuilt) and transfer case which were drained and cleaned repainted, and all fluids and gaskets replaced, new e-brake pads, hardware, and cable, new engine/tranny mounts, new brakes including all shoes, lines and hoses, new master cylinder, four new wheel cylinders. Rebuilt steering box and drag link and original steering wheel, original rear bumperettes, original pintle hook. 4 new STA 7.00×16 NDCC tires and an authentic original Goodyear spare tire – all on 16″ original rims.

Engine: Completely professionally rebuilt. professionally rebuilt civilian WO Carter Carb, new civilian fuel pump, rebuilt manifolds and new gaskets, new 12 volt alternator, new period correct wiring(not military), new battery, new hoses, new fan belt, new 180 degree t-stat, new temp. gauge, new ammeter, new fuel gauge and sender, new fuel lines, new plugs and wires. Radiator professionally tanked/cleaned repaired and painted.

Body: Authentic Willys M38 body; original tub, fenders, grill, windshield including glass with new rubber seal, reproduction hood and tailgate, original front seat frames with repro rear seat frame, new fuel tank, original top bows, new brackets and hardware, new canvas top and seat covers (All canvas is Beachwood canvas), repro. shovel and axe, original correct dated gas can, rebuilt authentic drive blackout light and new grill blackout lights, rebuilt headlights and NOS tail-lights, new dashboard data plates, original body serial number tag.

Misc: Vehicle is wired for 12V civilian use, all new gauges, including speedometer, all lights, all new switches work properly (except brand new military style light switch is not connected to the new wiring- a new modern fused two pull switch is connected to new wiring.) . Water fording system was not installed. Jeep has proper vacuum windshield wipers installled and working.

Vehicle includes the pioneer tools(shovel and axe). Vehicle Does not have a title. Mileage is unknown, but regardless of odometer reading (approx. 0 miles) this Jeep is better than motor pool, almost like it just came off the assembly line.

The only thing left to do with this vehicle is have fun driving it and possibly outfit it with some Korean War Era paraphernalia.”

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1952 M-38 St. Sauveur, Montreal, Canada $21,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

Looks good. Some pics show carpet.

Willys M38 1952 restauré avec plusieurs ajouts;
Radio Bluetooth placé a l’intérieur des boîtes de munitions ainsi que les haut parleurs a l’arrière au dessus du banc, joueur DVD avec une trentaine de jeux a l’arrière des sièges dans pochettes, chaufferette a l’avant placé aussi dans boîte de munitions, Stabilizer Rancho, village refait au complet l’année et plusieurs autres ajouts..viens aussi avec les fenêtres arrière. pour plus de détails contacter moi via email ou par telephone!”


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1951 M-38 Green Bay, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000

Between the grille and the body I think this is a M-38, but it doesn’t have the battery box lid. Maybe it’s a repro body.

1951 Willys Jeep in excellent condition. Several year restoration–in storage since completion with very little use. Comes with soft top and extra set of tires. Ford V-8 302 powered, stick shift. No rust. Original except for engine.
Needs minor TLC. The hydraulic brakes and clutch need bleeding.”

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1951 M-38 Bixby, OK **SOLD**


UPDATE: SOLD Was $1000.

That’s one fire engine red frame!

All parts there
Needs the engine rebuilt
Has rebuilt transmission
No title”


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1952 M-38 Fairfield, OH **Sold**


UPDATE: **SOLD**. Was $6500.

It has a few minor updates.

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1952 Willys M-38 Jeep
I purchased this Willy’s about ten years ago with the intention of using it as the foundation for a rock buggy build. After learning more about it, how rare it is and the history that it represented I decided not to tear the fenders off four wheeling. I did all the work myself and restored it as best I could considering my ability and finances over the last decade. Its over 90% complete now but I just dont have the time to tinker on it anymore. I’d like for someone who appreciates really cool things to have it so they can continue putting it back together and enjoy it. When I got it the odometer said just over 7K miles ( still have original gauges to prove this) so I think its still got a lot of life left in it.

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1946 CJ-2A/M-38 Drummonds, TN $3400


This appears to be a mix of parts. The rear axle is full floating.

1946 Willys Army Jeep
Running driving mild restore started. Will need a few things to finish. Good solid jeep project. Good paperwork. 4 cylinder 3 speed Runs great”


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1951 M-38 Chambersburg, PA $9500

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No description provided.


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1952 M-38 + 2 Trailers Winchester, TN $11,500


Looks pretty original.

Selling my running unrestored military M38 Jeep dated 2-52. It has a clear Tennessee title, new wiring harness, new tires, new YS carburetor, new seats, new batteries and spare tire carrier. Only rust on the M38 is 3 nickel size holes under the gas tank. M100 trailers are unrestored with solid floors and correct lunettes but sold with only a bill of sale.”


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1951 M-38 Narvon, PA $19,000

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Mark just posted this M-38 at war jeeps.com.

“We used the original frame and running gear and a new reproduction body. This vehicle has a 24 volt electrical system powered by modern alternator and new replacement carburetor on rebuilt engine. The transmission/transfer case has been rebuilt. It has all new brakes, brake lines, wheel bearings and brand new canvas seat cushions. Everything has been rebuilt on this vehicle. Top bows and fittings are included but there is no canvas for the top. This jeep has a PA title. More pictures available upon request.”




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1952 M-38 Portland, Or **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

Looks great for the price.

52 Willys M38 Jeep with removable winter top, new seat covers, new paint, new 12v battery, new brakes & wheel cyls”

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1952 M-38 Albuquerque, NM $5000


Not the cleanest I’ve seen, but has restoration potential.

I have the cleanest Original 1952 Willys M38 I ve have ever seen. It is still 24 Volt has a 1 1/2 rust spot on the passenger side and a little under the gas tank there is no rust on any c channel supports it runs and drives brakes work great. It has the original engine it has all the correct data plates it has a Clean title that match the vin and body plates I also have the original fuel pum with spacer and boltsp I also have a parts jeep 1952 M38 that I will throw in for a extra $1000 if you want it $5000.00 or OBO for any Question please call”


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1952 CJ-3A/M-38 Hallettsville, TX $5800


There are M-38 (dash, tailgate, grille) and CJ-3A (no battery box, cj gas inlet) elements on the body. Not sure what’s going on here. Seller lists as a CJ-3A.

Willys Jeep runs good. Completely refurbished, engine idles very well and mechanically sound. Has a working winch. Military tread tires like new with a spare.”


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1947? M-38 Paso Robles, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $4000

(07/03/2104) Listed as a 1947, this looks more like a M-38.

“Looking to sell our ’47 jeep willy’s buick (V6 conversion) for $4000 or trade for a rock crawler. in good condition. runs good. pink in hand.”


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1951 M-38 Warwick, CT **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** was $1500

(06/09/2014) It almost looks like it has reversed front springs.

51 m38 odometer says 14k,she has been sitting a year or so , 85 per complete, missing fuel tank ans has incorrect seats. Has rear folding seat frame, nice project sold with bill of sale only. “

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MB, & M-38 Tub Kits Fort Collins, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2250/each

“(1) MB and (1) M38 left Thanks”


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1946? CJ-2A? + trailer Wichita, KS $18,000


Listed as a 1946 CJ-2A, it sure looks like a M-38 to me.

“This is a full frame up restoration not a scratch and well cared for jeep. Runs and drives. Spent most of its life in a museum. Also has a rare trailer with it. You won’t be disappointed with this find!”




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1952 M-38 Flintstone, GA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $10,000.

Looks like a good jeep.

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I have for sale a 1952 Willys M38. It was restored about 6 months ago, but I would say it is 98% done. What I mean is it has no decals on it, no add-ons, etc. I wanted to keep it “base” form so whoever bought it can take it and put there personal touches on it. This is not a true M38 restoration. What I mean by that is it has been converted over to an alternator and 12-volt system, it has blinkers both front and rear, it has lockout hubs on the front axle, etc. Just a few little things that makes it easy on the owner and easy to take off down the road in.
This was a full frame-off restoration. Everything was sand blasted and re painted. The original tub was rusted far way beyond repair. I actually found a super-nice M38 tub that I picked up in Pennsylvania. The L-134 “Go Devil” engine was rebuilt with all new bearings are rings, etc. The T-90 transmission, Dana 18 transfercase, and both Dana axles also have all new bearings and seals. The gauges are all new, new wiring harness ($$$), new tires ($$$), new fuel tank ($$$), new exhaust, new driveshafts, new brakes, new seats, new weather stripping, new everything. It is really a nice Jeep. It does not have a top or a rear seat, I just never got around to getting those and I like having my dog ride in the back so I didn’t bother.

Like I said, it is 98% done. I literally “finished it” and took it home, it still has just a few kinks that need to be worked out. The fuel-sending unit and the fuel gauge are both new, but the fuel gauge isn’t registering. I just haven’t taken the time to check it. If it sits for a few weeks, it can be hard to start, it does have a choke but you almost have to choke it by hand and then it fires up, almost like the choke doesn’t choke it all the way. And lastly I did use the factory starter and it works pretty good, but it can act goofy from time to time, I should have just put a new one on it.
It really is a super-nice Willys M38. Not a 100% military restoration, but practical. I have only had it done for about 6 months now but I am just not that interested in it anymore. Plus, I am a big guy and these army Jeep are pretty cramped, I am just not comfortable in it. I have only put 15 miles on it since it was restored. I am asking $10,000 or best reasonable offer. This is a military vehicle, Bill of Sale only, no title. It is currently tagged in Georgia.”


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Year? M-38 + Trailer Wichita, OK $16,500

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It’s listed as a WW2 jeep.

1940’s WW2 Jeep with trailer. Fully restored frame up. Runs and drives everything in mint condition.”


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1952 M-38 Bellbrook, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38, Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $9500.

“1952 Willys Jeep. M38 body stretched 10 in. with an MB grill
This jeep was hand built using an International scout frame
shortened to a 97 inch wheel base. The Scout frame is a very sturdy boxed frame. The body is an M38 body (new steel after market 100% rust free) stretched 10 inches in the door ways to match the wheel base. We installed a carbureted Ford 302 ci. engine because it is light weight and quick to rev. We backed the engine with a heavy duty clutch and a smooth shifting T-5 transmission with a 300 transfer case. Dana 44 Axles with disk brakes front and rear, 427 gears in rear ends and Richmond spools front & rear. Also there are polished stainless steel covers on both rear ends. We installed custom made Twin sticks ( in & out of 4 wheel drive, and high & low gears ) for specialized off roading. There is High clearance leaf spring brackets for easier access over obstacles. Revolver shackles (front) to aid in articulation. Full role cage tied to frame, and heavy duty nerf bars to protect the body sides.
Corbeau racing seats with 5 point racing harness.
Ramsey 12,000 lb. winch (new never used)
Mickey Thompson aluminum bead locks with Superswamper TSL 33in. tires on the rear. (also have a set for the front at an additional cost if wanted)
Buckshot’s on aluminum slots in front.
Custom made bumpers front & rear
Aluminum gas tank with ¼ in. diamond plate skid plate
Bikini top and a new matching 2 A wind shield needs glass
Has blackout marker lights and the dash switch
The color is PT Cruiser Gold with hammered silver floors
This Jeep is easy to drive both on the high way and off road
It’s quiet a show piece and turns a lot of heads.”


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1951 M-38 Plymouth, MN **SOLD**


UPDATE: WAs $2500. **SOLD**

It’s got some floor board holes and more issues.

We used it up around our cabin for many years. We sold the cabin three years ago and brought the Jeep home and put it in our barn. We now realize that while it is very cool – we aren’t going to use it.

The bad:
– The driver and passenger floors have rust holes. They are from before we owned it. They have been primered and are not rotting. The Jeep has been garaged for the last 10+ years.
– The front passenger fender is bent.
– We tried to move it last year and while it did start and run great – we found the clutch plate rusted to the flywheel. We’re not sure what it will take to free it.
– It pops out of 2nd if you slow down without holding it in gear.
– I gave about 30 seconds of effort to start the jeep this year and had no luck. No fuel was getting to the electric fuel pump. Looks like the rubber lines might be cracked and the pump is sucking air or could be something else. We’re hoping to find someone who likes to tinker with that stuff to sell it to.
– The steering is not tight

The good:
– It did drive into the barn where it is parked and we were driving it on the road at the time
– It is in good shape overall – far from a basket case
– It has warn winch
– It has a cargo rack on back
– All of the original army plaques and tags are present
– It shouldn’t take too much work to get it back on the road
– It is a ton of fun, gets attention everywhere it goes and until we stopped using it, was very reliable.”

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