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1952 M-38 Charleston, SC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This former movie jeep looks like a good restoration candidate.

“1952 Willys M38 Jeep used as team vehicle in Major League 3 “Back to the Minors”

The movie production company rented this Jeep from me and painted the black “bumblebee stripes” on it in 1998 for the movie.

Click on the link below, to the movie and at 12 minutes into the movie, you will see the Jeep drive into view during the airport scene………………..


The Jeep is rust free and has been stored inside my warehouse for the past 30 years, except for the week it was used to film the movie.

This M38 is in extremely good condition and rust free. I bought thisM38 Jeep from the South Carolina Highway Department on Shop Road, in Columbia, SC. The SCHD shop used it as a “pusher” on their yard since the mid 1950’s, hence the extremely low miles under 5000. Please view posted photos!”


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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 Bellingham, WA eBay


UPDATE: This is back on eBay

(02/24/2013) This looks like a great restoration project.

“Up for auction is a 1951 Willys M38 Jeep project. I purchased this jeep a few years ago from a local School District.

From what I am told this jeep has been owned by the School district since 1967. I have the maintenance records since 1967. It was used to pull a gang mower for years Than at some point a snow plow was installed and used a couple of times each year . The rest of the time it just sat always inside. In 2007 they pushed it a little to hard and seized up the engine. It did run after it cooled down but sounds like it has bad bearings now. That was the last time it was used. After sitting inside the shop for two more years it was sent to the auction to be sold and I hauled it home.

My intention was to do a frame off restoration not back to original but keep it close to stock. I have disassembled this jeep. The frame has been sandblasted, primed and painted. front and rear bumpers and bumperetts were replaced. New springs and shocks have been installed. Front and rear DIffs were disassembled cleaned and reassembled with new seals and gaskets along with new wheel cylinders and brake shoes.

Paint is the original green color.
Wheels have been sandblasted and repainted and tires remounted with new tubes.
The frame is now back on it’s wheels.

At this point I don’t think I will ever finish this project so I have decided to sell.
This jeep is not a rust bucket, keep in mind It has been inside for 46 years. The tub has some damage to both rear corners that can be repaired . The under side of the tub was undercoated so there is not a lot of rust. (see pictures)

I have found that the engine serial # is a MBxxxx not a MCxxxx with a tag saying Rebuilt in 1956. The Data tags on the dash were gone so there is no serial # there.

Data tag on the rear wheel well is there but is different than the one on the title.
The seat frames had been cut down and other seats installed. This M38 project has a good start and I would love to see someone finish it. I hate to have to part it out.

I will load as many pictures as possible if you need more please let me know and I will send them. I am selling this M38 as is where is. I will not ship it. So ask questions now.”

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Always FOLLOW a Half Track . . .

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Paul forwarded these pics to consider. The moral is, always follow a half track!

Last Saturday I visited the local military vehicle show and I saw an amazing sight.  Among the various military trucks, Jeeps and one half track on display there was a Willys  M 38 which had suffered a bit of body damage when the previously mentioned half track didn’t quite stop soon enough.  I don’t know the reason for the meeting of these vehicles but the attached pictures show the results of contact between one very light and one very heavy military rig.  The poor M 38 got the worst of this bump but the half track also suffered when it received a scratch in the paint on the front drum.  Sad to see but I don’t believe anyone was hurt.”

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1950 M-38 Thomasville, GA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500

This is an early M-38. The steps have been lengthened, as have those front spring shackles.  It’s not perfect, but does have a interesting raw character about it.

“This is a very early 1950 M38. Serial number 10891 ( 891st built of
approx 45-50000) with a date of delivery of 9-15-50. This jeep has been
converted to 12 volt and has a good running GPW engine in it. It has a
few rust spots in the usual places ( drivers rocker panel, small hole in
fender step on drivers side). A “new” thin sheet steel floor was welded
over the rear floor but from underneath there appears to be very little
rust in the original floors. The hat channels amazingly have very
little if any rust. Major missing parts include rear tire carrier and
back seat. This is a very restorable jeep that would stand apart
because of its early production date. Email me if you would like
additional pictures. $6500obo Jesse”

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2013 Military Vehicle Show at Falcon Field

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, GPW (Ford MB), M-38, MB

Major Joe forwarded some pics from the 2013 Military Vehicle show at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ. There were quite a few jeeps at the event.  Thanks for sharing!

He wrote, “I attended the annual Military Vehicle show at Falcon Field here in Mesa Saturday (had to find another way to get my Willy’s/Flat fender fix since your site was down!). Anyway, I thought I’d share the pics with you (attached). It’s a great event, and included military motorcycles, dozens of non-jeep vehicles, a half track, helicopter, and many aircraft (always on display since this is the home of the AZ chapter of the Commemorative Air Force).”




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1953 M-38 & Trailer Fayetteville, NC **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6999

(05/30/2012)This could use some detail work.  This is for sale at “The Fayetteville Auto Outlets”.

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1952 CJ-3A Louisburg, KS $2500


This doesn’t run.

“I have a 1952 Willys M38 that has the rare Arctic Hard Top. This Jeep may have even been to Korea as far as I know. It is mostly original, seats have been replaced with some real ugly newer seat and it has had some work over the years. Original motor and drive train from what I can tell. Not sure if it is still 24V or has been converted to 12V. It does not run. Needs restored or whatever you have in mind. I also have an extra hood and a windshield I acquired that goes with the M38.

I am not an expert on jeeps so if you need to know details then you will just have to come check it out.
It has a Colorado Title. I can get you a clear Kansas Title for an extra $100 bucks.

please reply to ad by email with your NAME, LOCATION, PHONE NUMBER and actual email address and I will call you if you are interested in my Willys. If you do not include this information I will not reply to anonymous emails.”



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1951 M-38 Plaistow, NH **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $10,995.

(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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1951 M-38 Albion, NY **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000

No windshield frame. Might be a good project.

“1951 or 1952 willys jeep m38 real army jeep. This jeep is all disassembled . The guy i bought it from sandblasted and painted the frame . The frame is very solid no rust or rot. The body is partially sandblasted and it needs some patch panels. I have the original motor (seized) and another that runs. This is a project but it is pretty much all there. It is missing the windshield frame. $1000.00 Delivery can be an option ”


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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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1951 & 1952 CJ-3As/M-38s? Phoenix, AZ $2900


No pics provided.

“1951 and 1952 willys jeeps. These are both project jeeps that will make one awesome jeep. I am asking $2,900.00 OBO. I am also open to trades. Guns, Gold, Silver, Call Ned at 602 619 7749”


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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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1951 M-38 Zabcikville, TX Make Offer


No title. PIcs aren’t very good.

“also have a 1951 m38willys military jeep.it runs and drives it has a newer overhead cam ford 4 cylinder engine the other drivetrain components are stock the 4wd works as it should.this is a very cool jeep i have all paperwork to abtain a title it has been inspected and verified to not have any stolen parts now just need to get surety bond and apply for title i will also provide a bill of sale.this jeep has new mudgrip tires.i am looking to trade both of these for a nice harley no sportsters please just let me know what you got and maybe we can make a trade call or text sam @two 54nine13seven9nine1”



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1952 M-38 Sacramento, CA $4000

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This looks good.

“1952 Willys M38 Jeep – complete for restoration. The Jeep runs strong needs carb rebuilt brake cylinders, No Rust in floors or body very solid. This has a Ramsey PTO winch on the front.
Changed to 12v.

Fairly firm on price may consider some trade for hunting stuff quality g’s or Quality Model Trains??

Call 925-525-4949 or 530-355-5013”


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Year? M-38 Twin Cities, MN $10?


Not sure if the seller means $10,000 or put $10 as a placeholder for bids.

“m38 low miles solid runs and drives 651 321 3278”



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1951 M-38 San Antonio, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

I think this might need new tires.

“1951 willys M38 needs total restoration, missing radiator, seats. Have title. Might trade for fc150 or fc 170”

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