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Sand Jeep Yuma, AZ $6850

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, Racing

Still needs a little work.

“Registered as a 1952 Willys. All fiberglass, Locked Ford 9in., Automatic Transmission, 427 Big Block Chevy (approx. 450hp), nitrous kit available, Full cage built for 3 people attached to the frame, New drive shafts, etc. The Jeep has not seen sand since 2008. I had a new T18 transfer case put in it in 2012 as well as having the rest of the drivetrain inspected. It does not currently run. The fuel lines, battery and driveshafts need to be installed. The seats are weathered but actually new. I have never driven it with these seats installed. The Super Swampers and Mickey Thompsons are no longer on the Jeep, It will be sold with 32×11.50×15 BFG All Terrains on aluminum wheels. I am willing to negotiate but do not come at me with some ridiculously low ball offer.”


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Stretched M-38A1 at Walmart

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1 • TAGS: , , .

Seth found this photo of a stretched M-38A1 with extra seats parked at a Walmart. Looks like there’s a small sign attached to the beer case that indicates this may be in Virginia near the National Museum of the Marines


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Year? M-38A1 Klamath Falls, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $900.

Given the Meyer top, there may be value here.

“I believe that this is a 52 or 53. I have no title only bill of sale. I originally bought this to restore but have gone another route. This is mostly all there, the two side windows on the top are missing, easy to get. The windshield, doors and rear glass is all there and in good condition. I believe that this top will fit most of the CJ5s There is surface rust on the inside of the doors, the floorpan on the drivers side is rusty but there. The passanger side needs to be replaced.
It has the rearends, transmission, transfer case and has the adapter plate still on it for a 350 Chev.
It has been sitting for a number of years on a farm so of course it is rusty, but restorable or use for parts. Has the Ross steering conversion which is nice. missing the speedo. The sheetmetal is not all beat to heck and gone but in pretty good shape overall.

I was thinking of just parting this out but don’t haave the time (or effort)…I would like to get 900 for it but am open to reasonable offers. Might take a trade . Maybe a jeep or pickup truck.
I am very easy to deal with so give me a call or a contact number. by the reply box.”

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1953 M-38A1 Upstate NY $3500


Henry’s got this jeep for sale.

“Early 1952 M38a1 Starts and runs good, no serious rust on body and frame, motor all correct for year, Has recovered seats and rebuilt emergency brake system. Excellent vehicle for restoring..Also has Myers Hardtop in very good shape and is set up for plowing. Can be reached at 315-945-0543 Is in upstate N.Y.”




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1952 M-38A1 Shipshewana, IN $1600


Nick shared this one.

“For sale is a 1952 Willys M38A1, the first year produced. I bought this Jeep a few days ago and was told it ran less than a year ago, and just needed batteries. The story goes a farmer bought this Jeep to use on his blueberry farm. After bringing it home I cleaned the entire Jeep out, topped off the transmission, and got intimidated with the electrics. I’m not sure if this is 24V like original or converted 12V, but the wiring needs all gone through. The gas tank should be cleaned out, and I would guess a new fuel pump. I’ve owned a dozen flat-fender Jeeps and always wanted to try an M38A1, but it was more work than I anticipated for a weekend project before driving back down to campus.

This Jeep is perfect for an off-road or farm toy. The transmission is free and the shifter moves nicely, I could push the Jeep around with ease. When I topped off the tranny, the gears looked pretty clean. Engine is free as well. I crawled all under the frame and it’s solid. It looks like there’s a plow mechanism that’s still hooked up on the front. The tires have dry rot but have been holding air pretty well, and have plenty of tread left. These are the larger 7×16 tires.

From a historical standpoint, this is also a great basis for a restoration project. The entire drivetrain is original military with the correct engine and transmission. You can even see the USMC hood numbers peering through the hood paint. It looks like this Jeep at one time during service had a snorkel, which the hole in the hood was for. The front-half body is in great shape with little rust, and the tub could be repaired or replaced.

I also have a clear title. I’m asking $1600 firm. Feel free to call/text me anytime, and if I don’t answer I’ll get back with you shortly.”



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1952 M-38A1 Troy, MI $9,000

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $9,000

(06/25/2015) Looks solid.

“Starts, runs, shifts, steers, brakes, and rides great. Very reliable.
12 volt system, F-134 engine.
4 x 4 low and high work as they should. Can shift into 4 wheel high on the fly at speeds less than 25 mph.
Battery, battery cables, spark plugs, wires, gear oil, hoses, belt, and fuel pump replaced 6 years ago.
Transfer case and clutch professionally over-hauled 4 years ago.
Original distributor replaced with breakerless electronic distributor 3 years ago.
Original carburetor replaced with new rebuilt carburetor 3 years ago.
Has heater, trailer hitch, turn/brake signals, low/high beam headlights, seat belts, horn, electric wipers, key start, canvas cover with sectional support bars,
Tubeless extreme traction tires. Ball hitch.
Rear tube body is fiberglass. M38a1 steel front end.
Storage compartment under rear seat.
AM/FM/IPOD marine radio located in ammo box between front seats with 4 speakers.
Amp, gas, oil gauges are not working. I have new gauges and gas tank sender. Temp and Speedometer are working. Vehicle does not have a parking brake.
I have used this vehicle to drive dirt roads on summer weekends around Secord Lake near West Branch for the last six years.”


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1952 M-38A1 Chassell, MI $5900

• CATEGORIES: Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1

UPDATE: Still Available.

(12/12/2016) Colored like it was a Fire Jeep at some point.

“1952 Jeep M-38A1, Military Jeep, Runs like a top, does not smoke. All of the pictures are with the Jeep running. Brakes work great, Shifts good through all of the gears, Low and High Range work, as does the four wheel drive. Parking brake works great and holds like it should. Horn works. All of the fluids have been changed with a new oil filter, I have installed NOS rear bumpers, NOS grill with paperwork from 1952, complete new exhaust system, rear fuel can holder, Seat frames and pans, along with new covers and foam. Glass is perfect with no cracks. The only thing that is not original military is the carb, which is a rebuilt, and the drivers side windshield wiper motor. There is some rust in the floor pan, and some access holes were made by the fire dept. in the rear floor. This Jeep could be used as is, or restored to it’s original color.”


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1956 M-38A1 Riverview, FL $8000


Looks in good shape.

“1956 Jeep Willys M38A1. Vehicle has a clean antique title. All new braking system, 12V converted, new Willys Keiser Transmission, Remanufactured hurricane 4 motor, Completely serviced by Xtreme Jeep in Tampa. All new fluids, front and rear axles serviced, as well as the transfer case. Have all receipts to verify. This vehicle runs and drives. ”


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1 M-38A1 & 2 Parts M-38A1s Comer, AL $7500


Seller also has extra parts.

“M38A1 Jeeps. One restored 90% and 2 parts jeeps. All for $7500. Will sell 2 parts jeeps for $1500 or restored Jeep for $7000. Have extra loose parts too.”


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1953 M-38A1 Alpharetta, GA $2600


Note the large box under the front bumper. Hard to go offered with that.

“Great little Jeep, runs and drives good, no brakes. New carb. Also have a new brake master cylinder to install. The tires have good tread but are dry. One will leak down in a few days. It needs a battery to run and I use an electric fuel pump and a boat gas tank. I have the original gas tank, it is in good condition but needs to be cleaned out. The Jeep has a little rust and some body damage.”



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1953? M-38A1 Duxbury, VT **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7000.

Listed as a ’53 or ’54, looks like a ’53 based on the hinged grille.

“Runs and drives just needs the carb replaced or rebuilt. I have a replacement carb and I also have a rebuild kit for the carb, it also needs a drivers side windshield, and a rust hole repaired on the passenger side floor.”



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1952 or 53 M-38A1 Reidsville, NC $5000


Mark posted this M-38A1 over at warjeeps.com.

“Either a 52 or 53 willys M38a1, has been converted to 12 volt system. Engine runs strong, all four wheel drive low and high range work. New shackles, kingpin bearings, tie rods, and draglink. Needs original steering wheel put back on, has aftermarket now. Steering gear has slight leak and needs new gasket. Has hardtop and aftermarket heater in it. New exhaust this year. Carb is aftermarket solex. Starts everytime, runs good, just needs little work in steering etc….Not a lot of rust, floorpans good, a little bondo here and there but not alot. Would be a good candidate for restoration.”



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1953 M-38A1 Acushnet, MA $6500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $6500.

(03/17/2016) Appears worth a look.

“this a Korean war USMC jeep runs great has original 24volt system clean title $7500-OBO”


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1953 M-38A1 Charlotte, NC $5500


Appears worth a look.

“Good condition and paint daily driver title”


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Year? M-38A1 Lake Worth, FL $3500


If rust isn’t too bad, seems like there is value here.

“1951 M38A1 military jeep. Runs great four wheel drive works. Has new carburetor, brake shoes, brake lines, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, steering wheel & windshield glass. Has some rust. Has a lot of new parts that go with the sale of jeep.”


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2 1953 M-38A1s Greenville, SC $4000


Buz spotted this ad. One jeep runs and one doesn’t.

“I have a 1953 original Willis m38a1 for sale. It is an everyday driver. It also has a title I’m asking $4,000 I do have a second m38a1 1954 it needs a distributer and carborator motor itself is good the running gear is good tub is good very little rust. No title on it just for parts”


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1953 M-38A1 Lancaster, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was a steal at $200.

There’s value here.

“1953 Willy’s M38A1. project. bill of sale.”

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1953 M-38A1 Van Buren, AR $2300


Runs and drives. Looks like it has different seats.

“Complete brake job including master cylinder, wheel cylinders, shoes and line. new alternator, coil and electronic ignition. wires cap and rotor 6 cylindet. runs good has tight steering”


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Michael’s 1953 M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, M-38A1


MIchael sent me an email about his 1953 M-38A1. He had it fully refurbed and it looks great! Thanks for sharing. Here is what Michael wrote:

The Willys is a 1953 M38A1. She was issued to the Marine Corps that year, according to the original data plates. I polished the data plates, had them clear-coated and riveted back into the dash.

My wife picked the paint color, she refused to let me use the OD green and white I had originally purchased.

I had the holes filled in the dash panel that would not be used for this build, refreshed the 12v conversion with an alternator, electric wipers, and converted the original front and rear blackout canisters for parking, turn signals and rear brake lights. I pulled the PTO and installed a Saturn overdrive, she now makes 55-60 mph on smooth roads on the flat.

I pulled the battery box and installed a marine hydronic heater/defroster. The switches for the heater fan, wipers, and the cell phone charger are tucked in the right side of the glove box.

I tried to keep most of her as original as I could while building her for my personal use..

I think she turned out well and she is quite usable and economical to maintain. For the purists, it is probably not right, but she is still mostly who and what she used to be, just a little more civilized and prettied up.


The jeep when he bought it.


Powder coating frame.


Beginning the reinstall.

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1952 M-38A1 Corpus Christi, TX $5000


No pics provided, but it is described as a jeep that was used by a fire department.

“I have for sale a 1952 M38A1 jeep for sale. Original miltiary use then D of AG and fire dept. It has been repainted red previously. It runs but could use a good tune up. 24 volt system. It does have some dents/dings in the body so it could use some work if desired. It’s a great jeep that would do well on a ranch or as a restoration project. I have the title and bill of sale from when I bought it but have not yet transferred it over; planning on getting that done in the next few days if desired. I also have printed out the original military manuals. Keep in mind this is an old Willys military jeep, and it does need work. My time is focused on other hobbies so I have decided to sell it. If you are seriously interested contact me by email. I’ll be glad to send pics, call and talk to you about it etc. I am asking 5K OBO.”


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1956 CJ-5 New Jersey $500


Craig shared this one.

“1956 Willys Jeep for parts or restore, was running ,tub rusted out. Drivetrain complete”


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1952 M-38A1 Orange County, CA $5000


Looks solid.

“Good running and driving original military Jeep. Excellent frame with a good solid body. Original four cylinder engine.”


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1953 M-38A1 Healdsburg, CA $9850


It’s got an unusual paint job. The two color glove box on the driver’s side is different also.

“This is a real 1953 Willys NAVY M38A1. This jeep was commissioned to the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Concord CA in 1953 where it served until 1963. It was sold at public auction as surplus in 1963 to a family who lives in Pleasanton CA. It remained with that family for the next 50 years and still retains the original black plates issued in 1963. The jeep is pretty much the way it was issued in 1953 except for a 12-volt conversion, electric wipers, and some gauge upgrades. Custom roll and tow bars have been removed but are included with sale. I purchased the jeep in 2013 from the original family and have used it extensively in the Lake Tahoe area. Additionally, the jeep recently went through a major $4,700.00 servicing by Gene Phebus from Harrah’s Military Museum in Reno. This jeep runs and performs great, no issues, a real collectors piece.
Possible trade for Jeep Wrangler of similar value.”


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1952 M-38A1 Charleston, SC **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $19,000

(12/30/2015) Looks solid. No price listed.

“1952, M38A1 military jeep and trailer RESTORED. Many additional parts for you to install.
All new canvas except doors.
You also get military trailer restored with new canvas Engine rebuilt and new clutch
You will never get this much at such a low price ever again”


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1952 M-38A1 w/Trailer Anaheim, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, trailer

UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $12,000

Looks unrestored.

“1952 USMC M38A1 and M100 1/4 ton trailer also a 1952 (delivered 30th month of 1952). So both Jeep and Trailer are Korean War era. Complete with proper full canvas top, sides doors etc , tires etc. Engine rebuilt runs and drives as it should. It’s the original engine. Military tow bar included so you can take it on desert trips. It’s in good shape but not a museum vehicle. It is very collectible and dependable as a driver. The roll and side bars you see in the pictures can be unbolted and removed if desired for that completely original look and feel. This jeep has been by the seller since 1978. He bought it from a friend who had used it several years before that it was “in the service”. Owner selling because it’s been in his garage for several years and other toys have taken priority. To get it ready for new owners it’s been professionally gone through runs as expected. The fuel tank was redone professionally as were the fuel lines. Vehicle has 46000 miles on the clock. Fun to drive a unique vehicle ready for its new owner. Properly registered and insured by caring and careful owner, who has just replaced the parking brake shoes. Would consider separating trailer and truck. The trailer is very rare and its valued by the owner, and those that are on the market at $3,000 just by itself – it is historically significant.”

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