M-38A1 Research Archives


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1954 M-38A1 Elsa, TX $4000


What’s that on the back? A feeder of some type?

“Up for sell is a 1954 Jeep Willys M38A1. It has been great to us but we no longer need it due to us selling our ranch. It was repainted in a line-x paint about 4 years ago and had a majority of things replaced. It has new mud tires and new locking warn hubs put on before we parked it a couple of months ago. 3 Speed manual, 4X4 works great just needs a carburetor kit and a battery and will be up and running. It can be started if you would like to see it on. We also do have original fuel tank but had a small leak so we took it off but it can be repaired. Can send more info and better picture on request. No Title, Bill of Sale.”


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1952 M-38A1 Vancouver, WA $2900


Has a Kelly hardtop. Runs and drives.

“This is a half finished Project Willy’s. It runs and drives. Mechanically sound and starts right up. Body and electric system is the next step. It’s an old jeep that needs a new home. $2900.00 or best, realistic, CASH offer. I’ve spent over $7000.00 in parts and labor above the purchase price. I’ve just lost interest. My loss is your gain.”


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1953 M-38A1 Templeton, CA $6000


No pics provided.

“Original 1953 USMC willies jeep. Engine fires right up, good rubber, soft top, of lights, full roll cage, 9000 pound winch, visible motore poolnumbers, looks good, desert issue so no rust, solid metal, clean title, Spain trans, lockable hubs and tow bar. Perfect candidate for military show truck!
runs strong has slow air leak in clutch line.”


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Year? M-38A1 Weslaco, TX $600


Maybe some value?

“Not sure on year ???
No title.
I have keys for it.
I have video of the body if you would like to see.”


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1953 M-38A1 Gold Hill, CA $4800


UPDATE: Still Available.

(11/19/2017) It looks like this has two different types of Dualmatic hubs. Driver’s side has the dual lever and passenger the spin type.

“1953 M38A1 Willys Jeep. Runs great, new brakes and wheel cylinders, new Toyo mud and snow tires, tub is very solid, really fun to drive, original motor and transmission. $4800.”


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CJ-5s & M-38A1s



  1. 1953 M-38A1 Houston, TX $900: https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/willy-jeep-1953/6412306261.html
  2. 1953 M-38A1 Conroe, TX $6500: https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/m38a1-army-willys-jeep-1953/6409592053.html
  3. 1953 M-38A1 Albuquerque, NM $18,000: https://albuquerque.craigslist.org/cto/d/original-1953-willys-jeep/6410237901.html
  4. 1952 M-38A1 Denver, CO $6950: https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/reduced-1952-m38a-willys-jeep/6413744420.html
  5. 1954 M-38A! Boise, ID $5400: https://boise.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-m38a1-cj5-military-jeep/6412609946.html


  1. 1963 CJ-5 Kennedyville, MD $3750: https://easternshore.craigslist.org/cto/d/1962-jeep-willys-cj5/6372379782.html
  2. 1963 CJ-5 McAllen, TX For Trade: https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/bar/d/1963-willys-jeep/6411147114.html
  3. 1959 CJ-5 Arvada, CO $2000: https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/1959-willys-jeep/6412152630.html
  4. 1958 CJ-5 Twin Falls, ID $4200: https://twinfalls.craigslist.org/cto/d/1958-cj3-willys-jeep/6412560273.html
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1955 M-38A1 Newnan, GA $8000


I can appreciate that not everyone recognizes the elements that make up a stock jeep. And, I don’t mean to be harsh, but do want to be fair …. with that in mind, when a seller lists a jeep with the title “Museum Car: M38” (Not M-38A1), and then follows up in the ad’s text with “Everything original except the engine”, it begs closer inspection. In this case, just some of the non-original items include:
1) The bumper guard;
2) The turn signals
3) The front fender skirts
4) The paint color
5) The steering dampener
6) four of the five gauges
7) Speaker in dash
8) The radio in dash
9) Turn signal mechanism
10) The wiring running up the steering column
11) The passenger handle on the dash
12) The rims

“Everything is original except the engine which is a 80s Pontiac v6
Needs a rewire. Will need to be towed.




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1952 M-38A1 Fire Jeep Ladera Ranch, CA $13,900

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

UPDATE: Now on eBay for $13,900 or Make Offer

(04/26/2016) “1952 Willys Jeep/ M38A1 (former Military/early CJ) converted to Brush Fire pumper somewhere along the way. I don’t have much history on this vehicle. But, Drives great, pump disconnected for now, but does work. New Paint 2 years ago. (NOTE; PHOTOS SHOW FORMER UPPER HOSE TRAY, HOSE REEL AND TANK WHICH HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND SCRAPPED, REPLACED WITH SECOND SEAT IN REAR WITH MATCHING FRONT SEAT UPHOLSTERY) Now a GREAT truck for parades with the family or cruising the hills of California, or wherever. Fits in any garage!

Other details; Original 4 cyl Willys engine, transmission (3spd) high/ low range, 4 WD (though I’ve never locked front axles, all instruments work along with all electrical working.

History; I’m about the 3rd owner, purchased about 10 years ago from FF in CT. who purchased it from person in PA. As mentioned, definitely a former military M38A1 that was retrofitted as a fire pumper. Some base yellow paint on frame may point to it serving on air base or carrier? No other history known.”

View all the information on eBay






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1952 M-38A1 West Valley City, UT $2299


Engine is supposed to run. Seller knows little about it.

“I have a 52 jeep willys m38a1 with original motor and drive train motor does run I have a video of it running it does need body work you know because it is 65 years old it does need some axle work the front driver hub is pulled apart for previous owner don’t know much about it I work for a towing company and got it from a impound if you have any questions text is best”



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1953 M-38A1 Sioux City, IA $2900

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

The dash on the passenger side has been modified. This is a former Fire Jeep.

“Selling my 1953 M38A1 Military jeep. Prior to me buying this it had been sitting for 5 years. It was used by a rural Fire dept before that. So the fire dept added the rear rack. Replaced the seats with buckets from god only knows where.
The good is this jeep has very little rust, fuel Tank has been steam cleaned and coated. New batteries & fuel pump have been installed (it is still a 24 volt system) starts runs shifts and drives. Brakes are sketchy and will need attention. Clearly the jeep has oversized tires and wheels. The wiring will need some attention. The always bent and broken front fenders are near perfect. This is a great stump jumper or restoration project. Priced right.
No trades.”



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1960 M-38A1 San Jose, CA $3000


Seller can’t find keys.

“1960 Jeep willy. My late step-dad’s project that never got to finish. It was operational a few years ago, but we cant find the keys. It has not been started since then, so some work is going to be required. We have the pink slip in hand, but no keys. I still am debating between keeping it until I have the finance to fix it up or sell it to a good home. But it is definitely up for sale and will be in the garage until then

The interior and exterior is much better compared to other Jeep willy of this price range. We have a new gas tank that was never installed which will be included. Currently has one seat installed.”



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1952 M-38A1 Saranac Lake, NY No Price


I’m not sure if it still plows or now. Has a Koenig hardtop.

“1952 Willy Jeep for parts. Good drive train, good frame’


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  1. 1952 M-38A1 Melbourne, AR $2500: https://westky.craigslist.org/for/d/fiberglass-cj2a-body/6340151174.html
  2. 1963 M-38A1 Eastern NC $3000: https://eastnc.craigslist.org/cto/d/jeep/6389605471.html
  3. 1953 M-38A1 Tulsa, OK $5000: https://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/d/willys-jeep/6377734818.html
  4. 1956 M-38A1 Upland, CA $4000: https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/56-jeep-willys/6386632778.html
  5. 1953 M-38A1 Stockton, CA $5000: https://stockton.craigslist.org/cto/d/jeep-willys/6365005357.html
  6. 1954 M-38A1 Apopka, FL $2400: https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-military-willys-jeep/6389019267.html
  7. 1954 M-38A1 (diesel) Jacksonville, FL $15,000: https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-diesel-willys-jeep-m38a1/6385356411.html
  8. 1954 M-38A1 Wilmington, NC $7500: https://wilmington.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-willys-m38a1-jeep/6387922790.html
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Early M-38A1 Stockton, CA $1500


Depending on the winch, there could be value here.

“Needs total restoration ”



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Jeeps & Military Vehicles For Sale

• CATEGORIES: M-38, M-38A1

Jamison let me know that a friend of his has a large number of jeeps and military vehicles for sale. It looks like they are out of Texas. I don’t have time to go through all the links, so I’ll leave the hunting up to you:

Jeeps: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/Jeeps.htm For example, Jamison tells me that a bunch of the M-38A1s for sale here are his friend’s jeeps: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M38A1%20Willys%20Jeep.htm

M725 Ambulance: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M725_Kaiser_Jeep_page.htm

M715: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M715.htm

Kaiser Jeep Deuces: http://vintagemilitarytrucks.com/M35A2.htm

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1952 M-38A1 Nampa, ID $2900


Could be a good price.

“1952 M38A1 {same as a cj5 only the military version} It has been converted to 12 V seats recovered Other than that it is stock. It has a great tow bar, needs brakes adjusted. other than that it is ready to drive. $2900.00”



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1943 GPW Sisters, OR $3000


This is a mix of parts.

“This jeep is almost done except due to health need to sell. It’s a willys 1943 M38 A1 chassy with a ford GPW body on it. 85 4.3 with a turbo 350 to Dana model 18 transfer case.”


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2 CJ-5s & 1 M-38A1 Chetek, WI $1400


Maybe some value for the right person.


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“Basket Case Jeep project Parts Kit.
1 – 1953 CJ5
1 – M38a1 Military Jeep
1 – 1974 CJ5

Have titles for the 1953 and 1974 CJ5’s.
All are basket cases or parts vehicles, none of these run or move.

The 1953 Jeep CJ5 W/title:

Stock F-Head 4-cyl 3-spd Dana model 18 T-case
Original rear axle w/5.38 gears.
Front axle housing had been removed but comes with, missing brake parts.
Some one started some kind of a power steering conversion and axle swap then lost interest.
Jeep has been sitting for a long time, engine still turns, could easily run yet.
Body – front fenders are soft/crunchy. Hood and grill are ok.
Rest of body is super solid – made from 11-gage steel, from the floor up!
Body is prett well done, and looks pretty good. Very solid and super strong.
Continue reading

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1953 M-38A1 Kittery, ME **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $450.

Looks like there’s plenty of value.

“1953 jeep m38a1 decent tub nice frame parts only no vin numbers found on jeep”


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1953 M-38A1 Bear, DE $1700


Steve shared this one. It runs.

“This is a project. Frame and brakes are done. Carb rebuild kit included. Runs and will drive. Brakes need bleed. There are no military plates on it. Front lights only. 12volt. 1700 obo need gone. Bring a trailer we will talk. Comes with Delaware state police theft unit inspection paper work that oks for title.”


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Year? M-38A1 Greenwood, NC $900


Not sure how much value is here?

“For sale is a Military Jeep M38, according to the seriel no. It should be a 53 or 54 model. The Jeep does not run and is being sold as is. The engine is missing some parts and will need repair. The body has very little rust, spot on the passenger floor and on the side panel beside the floor. This vehicle does not have a title.”



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1952 M-38A1 New Platz, NY $2000


Hasn’t run in years. Seller says to make offer.

“Up for sale is a 1952 M38A1 military Jeep. The last time it ran was 2010 and was parked due to having a problem with the rear axle. The would be a nice restoration job on a VERY desired Jeep. Some surface rust, nothing major, plow comes with it. Make me an offer! From the research I did it’s worth about 2,000$ in the condition it’s in.”



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1953 M-38A1 West Point, CA $3900


Needs works. Has lots of diamond plate bling!

“53 Willy’s
Perkins Diesel
Needs Differentials Replaced (Front and Rear)
Have Both
Have clean title (on non-op)”






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M-38A1 Body Houston, TX $750

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, M-38A1

Appears in good shape.

“M38A1 Jeep Body. Approximately 1953-1955. Tub with front fenders, grille, and hood. Also includes floor parts Mand most of the wiring harness. Small amount of rust on the body, generally in good condition. $750.00 cash only”



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1963 M-38A1 Kingston, SC $3000


Jim shared this one.

“Nice jeep all original.it was a true military jeep,will trade for cj or bronco”