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1951 M-38 Tacoma, Wa $2500


This still needs some work.

“i have a 51 m38 been in storage since the 70’s all stock except for a new ford 289 never fired. new exhaust was an old navy jeep. seats have been redone right now the willys is stripped to metal didn’t want to paint it not sure what color new owner might like. the front fenders hood and windshield are all painted OD green. i was going to build a wheeler but this m38 is in way too good of shape for me to beat up.. has a new tow bar on it.has original dana 25 and dana 44 axles no longer has bump steer been converted. the bad…..needs wiring harness needs brake master cylinder and clutch hooked hooked up. this willys is in really good shape for the year. pass side rear in the early 70’s drive caught the spare tire carrier on a tree and rippled the corner a bit. where the windshield sits is a little wavy… will send pics if interested. there is a spare hood and front fenders also not pictures is the half roll bar”


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1952 M-38 Tucson, Az $3300

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This looks in good shape.

“Red flat fender Jeep with white metal top and tow bar. Body and frame in very good condition. Drive train is all original and functional. All electrical is operational. Call Harry at (520) 490-1520”


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Year? M-38 Ogden, NC $1500


It runs and drives and, best of all, is a chick magnet (so says the seller)!  To the seller’s credit, he does not recommend driving this on the open road in its current condition, so you will have to find your chicks in the woods (I guess).  the seller lists this as a CJ-2A, but the body suggest it is a M-38.

“i’ve got a 1947 cj2a willys, titled, and currently registered and insured with the state of nc thanks to our state’s lack of a safety inspection!   The body had rust holes in it but the floor boards are pretty good.

The frame has rusted, broken, and been “repaired” by joe dirt, and has since broken again on both sides towards the front.
The engine smokes and it was having overheating issues… could be as easy as the radiator, could be as bad as a headgasket or cracked head… no clue…

Transmission grinds a lot and pops out of 2nd gear. Transfer case is a CHAMP! works great. Brakes work good most of the time but could use some work, just like everything else on the jeep.

Steering is as loose as the hooker you can find most nights at castle and front st. yikes! wheels and tires are good. but the windshield is broken….

lights work. it has a sweet oooooooga horn. and it has seat frames! toss some pizza boxes on them and you’re good to go!
oh, and ALL the gauges were replaced with new ones last summer. fuel sending unit is not currently installed, but gauge is. speedometer cable came loose last week when i was driving it…. just as it clicked past 500 miles which is all i’ve driven it since i bought it a year ago and put it together. spent about $500 on gauges and switches.

all wiring is new with all new switches. far from perfect, but very functional and fused.  battery is 1 year old.  gm 12v alternator is 1 year old. electronic distributor is 1 year old. screw points, i’m not smart enough to adjust them.

starter was rebuilt by alternator specialist about 6 months ago. i’m assuming it has a warranty? not sure but that cost me about $275 as it was originally a 6v starter and is now 12v

this thing has been a blast for the last year. i bought it with the plans to make it road worthy and reliable and after seeing how much work it needed i decided i’d drive it until i broke it. well, it’s about to break if it doesn’t get some tlc so it’s time to sell it! buy her, fix her up, and turn a nice profit or fix it up enough to drive it to the bar and make all your friends jealous…

entire thing is spray painted sweeeet od green…. and i mean the entire thing…. wheels, shocks, tub, frame, brakes, wires, engine, everything that the paint would stick to

Asking $1500 for it, as is. i’ve got the title sitting in front of me, ready to go! i’ll drive it to your house if you don’t live too far from my place in ogden….. or you can trailer it home. i would not suggest driving this on the open road as it sits right now. she takes a little getting used to ;)”


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1952 M-38 Hood River, Or $5200


I can’t see the tool indents on the passenger side.  Or is that just me?

“1952 Willys M38 Jeep in good shape, no rust. Has a recent rebuilt and balanced buick 235 V6. All running gear in good shape. Rancho suspension. Lockrite lockers. Warn hubs on all 4 wheel. Tow bar. New Tiger top. Full roll cage. Warn 6000 winch. Mohave heater. This is a very nice jeep. I’m selling it becuase I have too many toys and I’m just not using it. Call Mark at 541-386-7402, no emails, no scammers”


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1950 M-38 Hot Rod Scottsale, AZ **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $16,500.

(10/04/2010) This is a 2WD, street legal jeep.

“1950 Jeep Willys. This is an original (Titled & Registered) 1950 steal body Willys. It has been professionally rebuilt. It is one of a kind, no expense spared, best parts money can buy.

Fresh (new) 600 Plus HP 355 SB Chevy (Nitrous Motor) built by Denunzio Race Engines. New powerglide transmission built by Remac. New Curry Ford 9 inch rear end. New driveline, steering, front end (2WD). New digital 6 plus MSD computer. New seats, yellow top optima battery. NEW EVERYTHING….MINT CONDITION.”

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1952 M-38 Providence, RI $2850


I’m gonna guess this doesn’t run.  It sure looks pretty original, but will require plenty of money and work.

“ORIGNAL MILITARY.All parts are there. 24 volt system Call Dennis @ 401-766-3688 or 401-765-0555”


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Year? M-38 Columbus, NC $35,000 **SCAM**

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UPDATE:  Steve notes this is a scam and this sold a few months ago.  He also notes that LSD-30 was a Navy ship and the LSD stands for Landing Ship, Dock.

The price is a bit high.  I think the description explains a lot.

“Need to sale to buy my jeeps”


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1951 M-38 Gretna, Ne **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

(04/08/2009) This might not be a bad price given the inclusion of the trailer.  I can’t tell how clean the restoration is.

“Willys Jeep: 1951 M38, restored, with trailer. Less than 30K miles. Parade ready.”


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M-38 & CJ-3A Parts Snohomish, Wa Make Offer


“M38 PARTS. TUB,GRILL,TAILGATES (one original, one new repop) An RMC L134 block with all internals disassembled looks to have been rebuilt and in good shape. ALSO ROLLING FRAME WITH T-90 TRANS AND D-18 TRANSFER W/ WARN OVERDRIVE. (WORTH 500 ALONE) ALSO A 53 CJ3A WITH LOTS OF PARTS. LOT’S OF NUTS AND BOLTS. SOME ONE MAKE ME AN OFFER ON THE WHOLE


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1949? M-38 Toronto, On, Ca $3000


No pics provided.

“very nice jeep that runs very nice.M38 running gear,3inch lift and 16 inch deep lug tires.This is an off road machine but could be roadworthy with some work.Needs brake work and a windshield.Very heavy duty custom body and an oak top with lots of windows.It now has doors on it too.Very easy on fuel andstarts very well summer and winter”


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1952 M-38 Gresham, Or Status Unknown

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UPDATE:  Was for sale for $5500.  Status unknown.

This looks good.

“1952 Willys M38 Jeep

52,000 miles

Complete Engine rebuilt
Carburetor rebuilt
Warn 2-speed overdrive installed
Alternator replaced (12 volt)
Master cylinder and brakes replaced
Transmission and rear-end rebuilt

Purchased in 1981. I have ALL receipts for work. Have Military and civilian technical manuals. Some additional parts included (extra top etc). This is a great jeep and has been well maintained.”

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1953? M-38 Wenatchee, Wa $3000


The seller also has a 1952 M-38 for $1300.

“Title says 43 but its a M38 made on a couple of years in early 50’s. Flat fender. Needs some body work mainly on the interior back. L head engine. I do have the correct grille but not the right windshield. Have for $400 a M38 top with data plates, and for $1300 a 52 M38 with a 302 that runs in it. No brakes and needs lots of body welding.”


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1952 M-38 San Antonio, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

“1953 Jeep CJ-3A (AKA M38A1, FJ, CJ, Willys depending on the application)
VIN MC11719

This jeep has been in our family since the early 80’s. My Dad then allowed some of his workers to use it for side jobs, etc. and it was used as a work jeep. It underwent an amateur restoration (there is some bondo in places) by one of his workers in order to provide give him some work.

It starts and runs fine, it leaks oil, and the brakes are fine.  They were actually re-shoed by a local San Antonio Company (took forever to get those right) tires are good, etc.   The oil leakage is minor. The windshield has cracks from being dropped when lowered during a quail hunt by an over anxious teenager.
The physical attributes are that it has a 4 cylinder flathead motor – original, Warner 3 speed manual transmission with Transfer case.  2 wheel drive-High, 4 wheel drive-High, 4 wheel drive-Low.  It all works as designed.  This is a driver, top speed about 40 – 45mph.  Should you not want to drive to your off-road destination, there is a town bar that will allow you pull the jeep at 70 mph very comfortably.  At one time we had it wired so you would connect the lights to the pigtail of your pickup.  The wiring is still there, but not connected.  The electrical system was converted from 24 volt to 12 volt prior to ownership.

We got creative, thought high back seats would look cool, so we replaced the bench pickup seat where eye level was just at the top of the window frame with VW high back seats.  The under seat tank was shot and we used a stainless steel square tank up until about 1 year ago directly behind the two high back seats.  We added a back seat to the back to carry extra passengers and used a 6 gallon red tank that is under the back seat.  The seat for the passengers in the back is from a school bus.”

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Year? M-38? Wilmington, Ca $1400


It is definitely a project, but I’m thinking this is a M-38 rather than a ’46 Willys.

“Hi I got a goos project for sale is a 46 jeep willys got a good tires and the registration is in non op my asking price for this classic is 1400 obo if u got a question or got a offer call or text to 3103415394 luis”


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1951 M-38 Lakeland, Fl $4500


New rope included on bumper.

“Willy’s 1951 jeep for sale $4500 firm. No trades! In good condition, but burns a little oil. Included is one brand new alternator, misc. seals and gaskets, and a full steel hard top manufactured in early 50s for this model jeep that includes doors and glass. Serious inquiries can contact Josh at 863-608-4829.”


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1949 Model? Lucas, Tx $1000


No pics provided.

“In storage past 10 years. Restorable. good transfer case. Has 1964 Buick V6”


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Mike and his Electric M-38 Need Your Vote

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UPDATE 2: Bill says Mike needs your vote.  Click on this link and then click the “VOTE FOR THIS FINALIST” (You will have to fill out a short form).

UPDATE: I ran this post a couple years ago.   Mike is now entering an international electric vehicle contest and needs your support.  Head on over to the CJ-2A page to see how your vote can support him.  Thanks for the heads up on this Bill.

Here’s an M-38 that’s mostly original except for the electric modifications.   The owner, Mike Picard, plans on keeping it stock, but restoring it some more.  The drive motor is a Netgain Warp11 Permanent Magnet DC.  It’s got 18 NAPA GC8V, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded Batteries. It is still in progress as of the date of this webpage.  View all the information here.

This picture was from December 2008.  Work is ongoing.


Front Battery rack (8):


Back Battery rack (8):


The charger, controller, fuses, etc are all here, under the driver’s seat where the gas tank used to be.  This provides good access and good ventilation along with protection from the weather.




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1953 M-38 San Antonio, TX **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5500

” This jeep has been in the family since the early 80’s. My Dad then allowed some of his workers to use it for side jobs, etc. and it got in fairly rough shape. It underwent a very amateur redo (there is bondo in places) by one of his workers in order to give the guy some work.

It starts and runs fine, it does leak oil, brakes are fine (took forever to get those right) tires are good, etc. The oil leakage is somewhat minor, just needs some TLC and maybe a gasket kit. The windshield has cracks from being dropped when lowered.

Due to the creative use of the VW high back seats in the front, the gas tank is in back. Seat for passenger are from a bus. I have the title in hand; it is registered as an antique vehicle, but could just as easily be registered as a daily driver should you choose to. Missing little bits here and there, like turn signals on front. It has the original flat head four and drivetrain. Don’t let the little size fool you, I pulled a ton of jacked up big ole trucks out of the mud with it years back. These jeeps are quickly becoming unavailable due to rust, and people just scrapping them or not letting them go. This one is still in decent shape and mostly original.”

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1952 M-38 Fort Collins, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000

It runs.  This might be a good price.

“Run’s Good need’s some work ”

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1951 M-38 Stilwell, Ks $3500


It doesn’t run.

“1951 M-38 Willys Jeep for sale with clear Kansas title. Body is in good shape. 24 volt system is intact. Has engine and transmission. Not sure if the engine is in “running” condition, but all parts are there. No hood or gas tank.

This is an excellent candidate for military restoration. Serious inquiries only. I can provide additional pictures on request.”


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1951 M-38 Truckee, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was 8500.

Looks good.  I wonder which four star general the seller means.


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1952 Rare Ford M-38 Canada **SOLD**

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UPDATE2:  ***SOLD***

UPDATE: Roberto forwarded this link about M-38CDNs.

Brian built this nice looking rig.  Here’s a cool bit piece of history.  This appears to be 1 of 2,135  Ford-of-Canada assembled M-38s. This particular jeep has some unique features, including the most unusual tailgate latching system I’ve ever seen (are those car seat belt latches?).

“This is a Ford M38 Jeep, built under contract to Ford from Willys in 1952 for the Canadian Army. About 2600 were built. I have rebuilt this entire jeep, it now has a rebuilt 283 Chevy engine with a turbo 350 tranny. The engine has been moved back in the frame about 7 inches, the firewall was moved back very tastefully to accomodate. The engine has been extensively modified with: .040″ overbore, new flattop pistons, a lumpy Crane cam, Edelbrock intake and carb, Mallory distributor, Crane roller tip rocker arms and lots of chrome of course! The tranny was rebuilt, has a stock convertor and a mild shift kit, the jeep is so light it will chirp the tires in second gear! This Jeep handles extremely well and goes like a scared cat! A Griffin 5 row aluminum rad keeps the little beast cool.

The rear axle is an ’86 S10 unit that has been narrowed. Its running 3:42 gears and Moser axle shafts, the axle has been narrowed. The front axle is from an ’88 jeep Cherokee and has been narrowed too, it has 11″ disk brakes. Rims are American Racing ‘Slider’ 15×8 and 15×7 with BFG rubber 21570R15 and 25560R15. The axles have been narrowed so that the tires both stick out past the fenders the same amount front and rear.”

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1951 M-38 Vancouver, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer.

“Heres a project im never going to get around to.1951 willys m38. Basically a frame tub and front end. Has the military tags on the dash. Its rough. bill of sale only. Make me an offer. cash or trade for guy stuff. I also have an good running iron duke 2.5 hooked to an auto trans i can include if the deals right”

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1951 M-38 Hermosa Beach, Ca **Status**?


UPDATE:  Was priced at $6500.  Status unknown.

(12/15/2010) This looks pretty good.

“1951 Jeep Willys M38 $ Fresh Engine, Tow Bar, Original, No Rust or Bondo,.”

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1951 M-38 Barnegat, NJ $6000


No pics provided.

“1951 MC M-38 Jeep 30k Original miles 24volts $6000.00.  609-339-8235”