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1952 M-38A1 San Diego, CA $7000

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Nothing fancy, but looks solid.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/d/san-diego-1952-jeep-willys/7518197642.html

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“The Willys MD, formally the M38A1

I am the 3rd owner after the military. It was used as an airplane recharging vehicle on California central coast and then was a family fun car since then.

A mechanic recently did a significant revamp on it.

brakes, turned drums, seals (2020)
transmission new seals, axle new seals
clutch and pressure plate
cleaned oil pan out, new gasket looked good
shortened steering wheel
new head from previous mechanic
new fuel tank and floor pan

Not the original motor.

It starts right up, lights work and I have a clean title. Serial number says it was either a 1952 or 1953 I believe but title says 1958. Very fun jeep.

has vin plate
come take it around the block’

 
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2 M-38A1s Odessa, TX $3000

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One of the M-38A1s, the one with the binging-like top, is described as an M-38.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1290622164675314

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“1st set of pictures- Vintage 1953 Willis Military Jeep. Model: M38 A1. Runs on a 24V system with original generator, Jeep has been taken care of and is still operational. 4WD still works but has some minor issues in the front end area. Also needs some work done to the gearbox for the steering. 2nd Jeep- 1950 Willis Military Jeep. Model: M38. Jeep has been started and engine operates smooth once turned over. Has been converted over to 12V system and has an alternator in it. This one was originally bought as a parts jeep but was not stripped apart for any. Needs body work and Seats. Both Jeeps are sold as a pair MPU.”

 
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2 1964 M-38A1s Gilbert, AZ $15,900

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Santosh has these two M-38A1 Radio Jeeps for sale.

https://www.warjeeps.com/mjs/sale22/ad221/ad221.mobil.html

“1964 M38A1 US Marine Radio Jeeps. Serial numbers 94235 and 94204. Very low original miles. 7900 and 8900 original miles. Just out of storage. Stored correctly for years with emptied fuel tank and under a cover and on blocks. Not running but will run with clean gas and carb cleanup and slight TLC. Totally rust free. Original engines. Have original spare wheels for both Easy restoration. Price is for the pair but will consider selling separately.

Sold as is. Detailed photos available on request.
Local pickup.”

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1955 M-38A1 Watertown, NY $12,500

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Looks solid.

https://watertown.craigslist.org/cto/d/watertown-1955-willys-m38a1/7512691190.html

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“This 1955 Willys M38A1 is finished in green and black, the vehicle is powered by the original 134 cubic inch F134 inline four-cylinder engine with a rebuilt T90 three speed manual transmission and a two-speed transfer case. Additional equipment includes a bikini top, a canvas top, doors, side panels, rear-mounted jerry can and spare tire, manually locking front hubs, and 16-inch steel wheels. The Jeep has a BDS Suspension 2” lift with 7.50×16 Deestone bias-ply tires. For additional safety, a roll bar and seat belts were installed.

The interior features front bucket seats and a rear bench seat with new canvas and seat foam. The rear seat is removable and shows the original Strata Blue paint. The dash was rebuilt using NOS sheet metal and has new gauges, switches, and USB charging ports. A 67 Designs rail system was installed to hold electronic devices while on the go. The original brass data plates are still in place on the dash under the passenger side grab handle. A new wiring harness was installed one year ago, and all accessories are wired through a fuse panel. Electric wiper motors were also installed.

The engine has a Pertronix electronic ignition, rebuilt carburetor, new fuel lines, and a new fuel tank. The valve stem seals were recently replaced, and a valve adjustment was completed at that time.

Unique features include a rear mounted fog light, and an LED work light replaces what would have been a black-out light on the front fender. The vehicle is also equipped with a siren.”

 
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1954 M-38A1 San Angelo, TX eBay

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Bill shared this M-38A1. It may have some parts value.

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“1954 MILITARY WILLYS M38 A1————-EVERY TIME I LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT AN OLD JEEP, IT RAISES A MINIMUM OF TWO MORE QUESTIONS. ————–MY SOLUTION TO THIS DELIMA IS TO LET YOU KNOW I DON’T KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT OLD JEEPS. ————-I CAN’T BE SURE THIS IS A 1954 MODEL. ————-I CAN’T LOCATE FRAME AND BODY SERIAL NUMBER. ————-ENGINE NUMBER—MD 105010 ————-CASTING NUMBER—806279W12DAR ——-PHOTO OF PLATE SAYING THE MOTOR WAS RECONDITIONED 8-17-61 IS ON THE MOTOR NEAR THE CASTING NUMBER. —-ENGINE WILL NOT TURN OVER. ——–16 INCH WHEELS AND TIRES. ———NO TITLE. I WILL FURNISH BILL OF SALE. ——- THIS JEEP COMES WITH EXTRA PARTS. ——–YOU GET EVERY THING IN PHOTOS THAT IS JEEP RELATED. ——-THIS INCLUDES EXTRA TUB, GRILLE, AND HOOD. ——–SOLD AS IS WHERE IS!!!!!!!! ———HIGH BIDDER WILL PAY $500 THROUGH EBAY WITHIN 24 HOURS OF CLOSING OF AUCTION. ——-REMAINDER OF PURCHASE PRICE WILL BE PAID IN CASH AT TIME OF PICK UP.———-PICK UP WILL BE WITHIN TWO WEEKS UNLESS YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ME ON A REGULAR BASIS THEN PICK UP DATE CAN BE EXTENDED.———- DEFINATION OF “COMMUNICATE” — share or exchange information, news, or ideas.———DEFINATION OF “REGULAR” — recurring at uniform intervals”

 
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1953 M-38A1 Huntsville, TX $4550

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This appears to be pretty solid. There might be some rust on the passenger side (I can’t tell for certain).

https://austin.craigslist.org/for/d/huntsville-1953-willys-m38a1-jeep/7507427406.html

“Rare military jeep mostly original
original 4Cyl. Hurricane Engine”

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1953 M-38A1 Wheat Ridge, CO $8000

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Unclear how well it drives (question mark about this on the windshield). It’s got the early grille, but later fenders.

https://denver.craigslist.org/atd/d/denver-1953-army-jeep-wwii-trades/7510632862.html

“Good running Jeep trades accepted titled and ready to do your work.”

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1952 M-38A1 Oroville, CA $3500

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This looks pretty solid for an early, neglected M-38A1.

https://chico.craigslist.org/pts/d/oroville-1952-willys-m38a1-cj5-style/7504318428.html

“1952 Willys M38A1 CJ5 style jeep Military model No title Bill of sale only. This is one of the first CJ5 style Military jeeps built. It was one of the first 5,100 jeeps built in 1952, which was the very first year. Missing carburetor, battery and gages. Motor turns over by hand. Will make very nice restoration. $3,500 OBO Sold as is where is. Local pickup only.”

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1955 M-38A1 Flatwoods, KY $15,000

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Tom shared this nice looking M-38A1.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1738091796542955

“Real 1955 Willys military jeep. Just put 5000 into motor. Comes with soft top and nonfunctional 50 cal machine gun.”

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1955 M-38A1 Buffalo, NY $8500

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Could be worth a look.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/804847670491012

“This is a 1953 Jeep Willys M38A1. Selling for a friend. This is a previous parade vehicle that was registered in both Texas and Mexico. This vehicle is being sold as-is.”

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1955 M-38A1 Chassis Cairo, NY $2000

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Maybe someone can use this rebuilt chassis.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/5121736737913839/

“M38A1 Restored frame new brake system,rebuilt steering ready for body installation”

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1952 M-38A1 Hico, TX eBay

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Bill shared this early M-38A1 for sale. If that’s an original body, it’s in great shape.

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“1952 M38A1 Military Jeep Parade Quality
This a dry country vehicle based in Texas and Arizona
Excellent condition runs and drives well
Street legal
4X4 high and low with lock outs
New Carburetor
New Brakes
New Batteries
Windshield Wipers are manual
Tires are excellent
Fresh service and grease
New plugs ,Distributor,Plug wires, points,condenser, and coil.
24 volt Military system with water proof wiring.
Mileage is showing 40782
Everything works with the exception of front Blackout Lights , Vacuum Wipers , Horn, and Fuel Gauge .

 
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1952 M-38A1 w/ Trailer Monterey, CA BaT Auction

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David share this auction or a matching M-38A1 and trailer. Looks like a good combo.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1952-willys-m38-a1-with-matching-m100-custom-trailer/

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“This 1952 Willys M38A1 MD has been refinished in blue bedliner material and is powered by a Ford 302ci V8 linked to a T18 four-speed manual transmission, a dual-range transfer case, and a Warn overdrive unit. The interior is equipped with bucket seats trimmed in black, and equipment includes a roll cage with a roof covering, 15″ wheels, two spares, a front tow bar, a winch, dual 15-gallon fuel tanks, and a jerrycan. An included Dunbar Kapple M-100 trailer has been modified with a rear tailgate and finished to match the truck, and a Smittybilt pop-up tent is mounted on top of the trailer. Approximately 5k miles are said to have been added since completion of the refurbishment approximately three years ago, and the current owner acquired the truck and trailer in 2014 and 2015, respectively. This modified Willys and Dunbar trailer are now offered at no reserve on dealer consignment, and both vehicles have their own California titles.”

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CJ-2A & M-38A1 Parts Antelope, CA

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38A1

A CJ-2A body and various parts for sale.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/pts/d/lancaster-willys-cj2a-project/7501780642.html

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“1946 cj2a tub with vin $600
Flat fender 1 peice fiberglass front end $50
Stainless steel flat fender windshield $200
M38 windshield frame $50
Cj2a front fenders $50
Cj5 frame $50
M38a1 grill with radiator sold
M38a1 antenna with mount $20
M38a1 gas tanks x2 $20 each”

 
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1953 M-38A1 Union, MO $7980

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UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/05/2022) Looks in good shape.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/ctd/d/union-1953-jeep-military-green-runs-and/7492787109.html

“This is a 1953 Willys military jeep. It is not perfect but has been saved and redone in many areas. Mechanically good it runs and drives. The carburetor has been rebuilt and the jeep has new batteries. The 24 volt military electrical system in intact and most work. An electric fuel pump has been installed. Sure it is old and not a high speed truck. But rolling history in relativly good condition. The jeep is sold with a bill of sale”

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1953 M-38A1 Mangum, KS $6700

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This is missing the battery box lid (battery box?), but does have the indent on the passenger cowl. Note that both batteries are under the hood in tandem.

https://lawton.craigslist.org/cto/d/mangum-military-jeep-willys-m38a1/7492217997.html

“’53 m38a1 jeep. new batteries – new starter – new brake -master cylinder -runs good -tires good.”

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1954 M-38A1 Springfield, IL $6900

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The seller rebuilt this barn find.

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https://springfieldil.craigslist.org/cto/d/pleasant-plains-jeep-willys-1954-m38a1/7499343381.html

“For Sale – Barn Find. 1954 M38A1 Willy’s Jeep. This rig was in bad shape. It sat for 5+ years. 12 volt. Original Engine. All oils and fluids changed. Front and rear driveshaft seals and gaskets replaced. Transfer case replaced before I purchased. Radiator rebuilt. Rebuilt floor boards. Rebuilt gas tank. New gas well in body. Rebuilt tool box. New windshield. Seats reupholstered. Carburetor rebuilt. New fuel pump. New alternator. Steering worm replaced. New Steering box seals (still leaks). New brakes and front wheel bearing. Lights work. Turn lights do not. Horn works. Temp gauge & AMP gauge work; other gauges and accessories do not. Have speedometer cable (not installed). This jeep starts good and runs good for being 68 years old. Steering does have some ‘drift’. Not show quality but I bet your neighbor doesn’t have one. Clear title. $6,400.00 US dollars. This Jeep is ‘for sale’ locally. I reserve the right to refuse any and all offers.”

 
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1952 M-38A1 East Wenatchee, WA $5000

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This early M-38A1 has an updated engine.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/568096098166715

“Willys Jeep M38A1 1952, transmission 3 speed T-90, transfer case 2 speed Dana 18, front axle Dana 25/27, rear axle Dana 44, 283 V8 Chevy. Also comes with a full tune up kit. Message for contact info and appointment”

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1953 M-38A1 Doylestown, PA $14,900

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UPDATE: Back up for sale; price dropped to $14,900. Steve shared this jeep.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/jeep-willys-m38a1/7494904220.html

“1952 Restored M38A1. Antique License Plate, drive on road. Over $21,000 paid in parts/service(receipts). Engine, Carburetor, Trans, Transfer case, Front/Rear Axles rebuilt by “Army Jeep Parts”. Have military top also. Exhaust manifold & Exhaust, New Brakes, New Windshield, New Tires, 4 WWII Helmets and liners, Seat Belts, New Electrical wiring, New Fuel Tank & lines, New Seat canvas.”

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M-38A1 Frame Temecula, CA $400

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, Parts

David shared this frame for sale. It seems like it would clean up well.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts/d/temecula-military-m38a1-jeep-frame/7489217963.html

“Very clean, no motor mounts”

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1953 M-38A1 Traverse City, MI $6000

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This may be a Marine Corps M-38A1.

https://nmi.craigslist.org/cto/d/gaylord-1953-willys-overland-m38a1/7481827061.html

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“Barn find, Vintage, 1953, Navy, Marine Corp, M38A1 military jeep
Many years of dry storage
Original MD motor removed, but complete, spins free, very minimal cylinder wear, unsure of reason it was pulled
Bill of sale only
Original vin tags still in place
Make an offer, it could be yours”

 
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1952 M-38A1 Livonia, MI $7500

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Tom shared this M-38A1. Seller notes the body is beat up a bit, but solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/557277566107010

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“1952 Willys M38A1 (MD) military Jeep. This is the first year of round fender Jeep and the design would later be used for the civilian CJ5. It is powered by the 134ci “Hurricane” f-head inline 4 cylinder, has a 3-speed t90 transmission, 2-speed transfer case, and 5.38 gears. The powertrain is all period correct but I do not know whether it is original to this particular jeep. The engine runs great, doesn’t overheat, and starts easily in all seasons. Continue reading

 
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MB, M-38A1s, CJ-2A, & Mite Tuscon, AZ $12,500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38A1, MB, Mighty Mites

UPDATE: Price dropped to $12,500.

(05/12/2022) This seller is selling his dad’s collection of jeeps. They want to sell as a package. All need work. Unclear how much value is actually here.

https://tucson.craigslist.org/pts/d/tucson-military-jeeps-willys/7478838546.html

“”Selling for my dad, he’s looking to sell all 5 as one package. They range from year, model, and condition. I don’t know exact details on them but here’s what info I have to the best of my knowledge. 1941-42 ranch special, complete 1948-49 CJ2A, complete 1953 M38A1, complete Might mite, missing transmission and left front hub assembly 1953 M38A1, missing motor, has a lot of parts inside, maybe missing other items.””
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1954 M-38A1 Bridgeport, CT $11,000

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Nick’s selling this good looking M-38A1 with much of the original lettering.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/deals/item/5625863410762738

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“This fully functional M38A1 wears its patina with pride. The Jeep was manufactured in 1954 for the U.S. Army and spent its life in Kansas before making its way to the east coast. It still proudly displays its original hood numbers and many of its military-issued markings. It underwent a complete chassis and drive train restoration. The body was removed for over two years, all the while its F134 Engine, 3-speed transmission, 2-speed transfer case, and axles were rebuilt to their original form.

The “A1” still retains its original 24-volt electrical system and all lights including black-out lights work. It runs strong and is a pleasure to drive. There is even an air raid siren mounted to the jeep for added fun when at a car show, parade, or going out for ice cream. The jeep will come with all spare parts, literature, extra jerrycans, a military duffle, and a small non-functioning generator. Asking $11,000. This M38A1 would make a great addition to any collection and turns heads wherever it goes.”

 
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1953 M-38A1 White, GA $5500

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This has one of the extended rear bed setups. Seller has a second one (OD Green) that also has one.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/4768888669905365

“M38A1 it has been extended in rear…. battery box and slave receptical have been deleted.still has original motor and drive train just converted to 12 volt I’m not sure who did the metal work but it was not a back yard bubba job.. someone knew what they were doing and had metal working tools such as a bead roller to do the tool boxes. It was first air force jeep…then marine Corp then owned by fire department. I believe it was extended in the Marine corps or by the fire department I have seen several other Jeeps that look similar. Yes!!! It’s a m38a1 not a CJ!! It still has undercoating from the Marine Corps. All marine jeeps had this. I Have a title.”

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