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1952 M-38 Salt Lake City, UT $8500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Looks in good shape. Includes a Warn OD.

https://cars.ksl.com/listing/5971815?ad_cid=5

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“1952 M38, introduced by Willys in 1950, a post-WWII Jeep based on the civilian CJ-3A. This jeep is unrestored and completely original. It has its original body which is solid with no dents. It has the original 24 volt electrical system, 4 cylinder (4-134 L head) engine, 3 speed trans with a Warn aftermarket overdrive, (not original equipment, but helps the jeep go faster), and 4×4 high-low transfer case. It has it’s original olive drab paint. There’s only 27960 miles on the odometer.
Engine: 4-134 L Head Motor (463) (All Years)
Engine Type: L4-134 “Go-Devil”
Number of Cylinders: 4
Cubic-In. Displacement: 134.22 CID (2199.53 cc)
Horsepower: 60 hp (45 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 105 ft-lb. (142 N-m) @2000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 6:48:1
Valve train: L-head
Weight: 2750 lb. (Gross: 3950 lb.)
Length (overall): 133”
Width (overall): 62”
Height (Top Up): 74”
Ground Clearance: 9 1/4”
Tires: 7:00×16
Transmission: T-90
Transfer Case: Dana 18
Front Axle: Dana 25
Rear Axle: Dana 44
Wheelbase: 80”
Other: 1 Piece Windshield, 24 Volt Electrical system”

 
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Year? M-38 Independence, TN $12,500

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: .

This appears to have recapped desert dog tires. This is listed as a 1945 jeep.

https://tricities.craigslist.org/for/d/dearing-1945-willys/6999186026.html

“Call or text for more information. No rust. Older restoration. Runs and drives good. Clear Virginia title. May be interested in 7000 cash and nice trade such as muscle car or sports car or a nice side by side utility vehicle.”

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1950 M-38 w/ Trailer Hillsboro, MO $14,900

• CATEGORIES: M-38

I wonder if the green on the driver’s side is just a reflection. This might show better in person.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/d/hillsboro-1950-m38-willys-jeep-1966/6994096754.html

“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.”

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MB? & M-38A1 Splendora, TX $1500

• CATEGORIES: Last Ride, M-38, M-38A1

Both are rough.

https://houston.craigslist.org/pts/d/splendora-willys-jeeps/6994194458.html

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“I have a 1957 and a 1942 cj2a willys Jeep for sale. Both were running when parked. The 42 has a bent frame that can be fixed or swap the whole thing to another frame. All the body is still solid and fairly straight. The 57 has been sitting up longer. The brakes are locked up and it’s in a little rougher shape. Both have been parked under a tree collecting leaves.”

 
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1952 M-38 Wickenburg, AZ $5500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Engine will need a new head gasket. The sale Includes a hardtop.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/d/1952-jeep-willys-m38/6994928867.html

“Willy’s m38 all original. Converted to 12v. Blown head gasket. Have a hard top with doors also”

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1952 M-38? Limerick, ME $850

• CATEGORIES: M-38

The seller describes this as a 45 rolling chassis and also as a 1952 CJ-2A. However, the fact that the front frame rails are boxed and the fact that the image of the original rusty frame had hinges suggests that the frame is an M-38 frame.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/604443256755306/

“I have rolling chassis 45 willys cj2a I have new transmission cross member rear bumper and steering ball joints”

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1951 M-38 Vestavia, AL $7500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Has some updates. Looks solid.

https://bham.craigslist.org/cto/d/birmingham-jeep-willys-38/6988916625.html

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“This is a custom built and fully restored 1951 Jeep Willys.
Rebuilt L134 Engine with only 300 miles
T98 4 speed transmission
T18 Transfer case
538 Gears
12 Volt
8000 lb winch
Jeep runs and drives great! It is located in Vestavia.”

 
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1951? Model? Creston, NC $10,000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, M-38

Listed as a 1951, this jeep has a replacement tub. It does not appear to have an M-38 frame; rather, maybe a CJ-3A frame with the PTO bar removed? This seems to be a mix of parts.

https://tricities.craigslist.org/cto/d/creston-1951-willys-jeep/6988525248.html

“Jeep has no rust. Is a Navy-issued jeep with plaques. Has granny gear. Needs battery and two new front seats. Call for milage and full VIN number (too long more than 17 characters). Jeep has original toolbox with tools, gas can on rear and full canvas top.”

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1950 M-38 Astoria, OR $8000 ??Scam??

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: This jeep was auctioned at some point on Mecum

Looks like a great price, maybe too good of a price. Something doesn’t seem right about this ad. Who advertises a mint M-38 by describing it with a “front tow package”? And, I’m not seeing an obvious tow package. This might be a scam ….

https://portland.craigslist.org/nco/for/d/warrenton-1950-willy-jeep/6990088063.html

“Running 1950 Willy Jeep with front tow package. Great condition.”

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1951? CJ-3B? Roscommon, MI $19,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, M-38, M-38A1

Based on the description, I’m guessing the seller knows very little about jeeps. No pics provided.

https://nmi.craigslist.org/cto/d/roscommon-willys-jeep-1951-cj-3b/6986396352.html

“This Korean War Era Jeep is in excellent restored condition. One piece windshield. Flat front.

Extensive restoration on the drive-train: seals, bearings, front and rear differentials, transmission, transfer case, brakes and military PTO are all in 1st class condition. Engine runs well. Starter rebuilt.

New canvas top and plastic side windows. New authentic seat covers. No rust on frame or body.
Tool kit. Army repair manual. Additional restoration parts.

The late owner was unable to complete the restoration. However the work is 95%+ complete, and with a few weekends work and the correct unit stencils this classic Jeep is ready to join the 4077th or unit of your choice.”

 
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1951 M-38 Houston, TX $1500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/18/2019) One pic shows this M-38 apart. The rest show it together and running. I’m not sure what the current state of the jeep is.

https://houston.craigslist.org/pts/d/houston-willys1951-m38-jeep-4-cyl/6977575991.html

“willys. 1951 M38 jeep . 4 Cyl flathead original motor 4×4 have a a title”

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1952 M-38 Upland, CA $4500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/01/2018) It’s a project

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts/d/rancho-cucamonga-1952-jeep-willys-m38/6972776023.html

“All original 1952 m38 military Jeep. Very complete have been collecting all parts for 20 years now, But lost storage to keep it anymore. Many impossible to find parts come with it over 7500$ invested in this Jeep. My lose your gain 5000$”

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1951 M-38 w/ Trailer Inman, SC **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $5000.

The M-38 will need some work.

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“1951 Military Jeep
M38
Mileage 16,282
1/4 Ton Trailer
Partially Restored”

 
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Year? M-38 Acworth, GA $2000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Has some parts value, but not sure how much value.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/acworth-m38-willys-military-jeep/6983364318.html

“I HAVE A M38 JEEP UNSURE OF THE YEAR. IT IS A PROJECT THAT WILL NEED TO BE GONE THROUGH. THE BODY NEEDS FLOOR OR A REPLACEMENT TUB. IT HAVE THE ORIGINAL FLAT HEAD MOTOR AND COMPLETE DRIVE TRAIN.”

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Year? M-38 Wilmot, NH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6400.

(07/26/2019) Seller notes it has a 1941 MB engine. It’s got a CJ-3A windshield and a CJ tank, among other changes.

“Selling a 1953 Willy’s M 38 Military
New transmission
New transfer case
New clutch
1941 Script motor in it
Runs and drives excellent
Asking $9500”

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1952 M-38 Mendocino County, CA $8000

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/15/2019) Has some updates. Looks solid.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/hopland-1952-willys-m38/6970139207.html

“1952 M38. Buick V6, 4 speed, Dana 18 transfer case with overdrive, Dana 25/44 axles, brand new tires, full soft top, bikini top, heater, rear rack. This little Jeep is in excellent shape and ready to drive anywhere. It has no problem cruising down the highway”

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1952 M-38 Chassis Bradford, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Does not include power train.

“52 flat fender Willy’s. Basket case set up for sbc. Some work is done. Illinois title. Text or email for pics.

350 engine and Muncie M-21 adapted to the twin stick case available for $750 extra.”

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1952 M-38 Kingman, AZ $4800

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Appears worth a look.

https://mohave.craigslist.org/for/d/lake-havasu-city-1952-willys-jeep/6977769212.html

“all original 52 Willy’s runs and drives”

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1950 M-38 St. Cloud, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3500.

Runs.

“M38 military runs and drives good”

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1952 M-38 Belfair, WA $1650

• CATEGORIES: M-38 • TAGS: , .

It’s a project with a bobcat hood.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/cto/d/belfair-willys-flatfender-jeep/6969973433.html

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“1952 willys jeep project. Getting rid of some projects. Had a buick 215 v8 but it was pulled before I bought it. All the parts are there but it is seized. Very straight with little rust in the floors. Has a pto setup hooked to dana 18 tcase.”

 
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1952 M-38 Riverside, CA $7200

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Has variety of updates.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/jurupa-valley-1952-jeep-m38-for-sale/6963986661.html

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“1952 Jeep M385 4WD
302 2BBL V8 Ford Engine
T90 3 speed manual transmission
Spicer 18 Transfer Case w/ 1-3/8ths Idler Shaft & Warn O.D.
Front Axle: Dana 25 w/ 538 Ring & Pinion – Power Loc Limited Slip Differential – Disc Brakes
Rear Axle: Dana 44 w/ 538 Ring & Pinion – Power Loc Limited Slip Differential – Modern 10″ shoes
On Board Air – York Compressor w/ 3 gal tank and air chucks front & rear
Elec operated clutch air gauge and auto on/off switch
Sears model 667391000 Winch (old timey)
31″ tires & spare
3 year old Bestop Soft Top & Bikini Top
Tow Bar
All paperwork & repair Manual
Lots of spare parts”

 
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1952 M-38 Colorado Springs, CO $33,900

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Obviously the price is high for the market, but apart from that, there’s some nice work on this build. Looks like it has both a standard fan and an electric fan. Probably a great road and trail jeep given the 4.10s and the T-18 low range.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/colorado-springs-1952-willys-jeep/6962464390.html

“Willys M-38 Jeep . 350 Corvette engine, T-18 4 speed trans w/6.39 1st gear. 2 1/2″ Rancho Lift, 33×12 General M/T, full roll cage, racing seats with 5 point harness, 8 thousand pound Warn winch, electric engine fan, Currie 9” Ford axles with Detroit Locker in the rear and a Track Lock in the front, 4.10’s, battery disconnect, front disc brakes, and a whole bunch more. This is a solid Jeep, all professionally built.”

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1951 M-38 Barto, PA No Price

• CATEGORIES: M-38

Craig spotted this project for sale.

https://allentown.craigslist.org/cto/d/bally-1951-willys-38-army-jeep/6965368533.html

“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

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, M-38

UPDATE: Still Available.

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

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/pts/d/gilroy-willys-jeep-project-m38-cja2/6962347445.html

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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

• CATEGORIES: M-38

It’s a project.

https://nashville.craigslist.org/pts/d/alexandria-flat-fender-military-willis/6951169162.html

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“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?”