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Extended M-38A1s – the Hamilton Mod?

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Yesterday I re-posted the extended M-38A1 in Hamilton, MT, for sale. A reader named J commented that he had a similar one: same year with the same rear extension using rounded rivets. A third reader, back in 2012, mentioned he had one also (I’ve emailed him for more info). So, the call goes out . . . has anyone seen other, similar M-38A1s with a similar extension? Here’s a review of vehicles with mid section extensions (http://www.ewillys.com/tag/stretched/) and rear extensions (http://www.ewillys.com/tag/extended/)

J has examined his M-38A1 (named Porkchop) closely. He notes no place where the frame appears to have been joined. To him it looks more ‘production’ than ‘motor pool’.  He also hasn’t yet found a VIN attached to it. However, like the M-38A1 from Hamilton, it has a hinged grille, suggesting it’s a pretty early model. One difference between the two is that Porkchop has a mid-section extension as well, similar looking to a CJ-6.

Why are we calling it the ‘Hamilton Mod’? J and I had a little confusion between us when we exchanged emails. But, I kind of like the name. So, until we know more, that’s the new name.

Here’s J’s Porkchop (see more pics and info here at J’s website):

1953-m38a1-extended-hamilton-modFor comparison, here’s the jeep for sale in Hamilton, MT. Identical, no. But, still worth exploring. I’ve emailed the seller to learn some more history.

 
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1952 M-38A1 Brunswick, OH $1000

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Bob spotted this M-38A1 that runs and drives, but needs work.

“Ohio title-, addt’l parts for sale-$1,000.00 obo-runs & drives-needs brakes. Call for details-AL @ 216-213-5513”

http://cleveland.craigslist.org/cto/4297054735.html

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1954 M-38A1 Olathe, CO **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2100

It doesn’t run at the moment, but seller hopes to have it running soon. Looks like it has some character to me.

“1954 Willy’s Jeep. Last driven in 1999. I believe it needs a 2nd gear synchro, because it liked to pop out of 2nd gear. I hope to have it running again in a couple of weeks. ( I have to get the carb back on.) Has some broken glass, the seats are rough, but it has very little rust. The hydraulic plow worked well. US Army #20987240.”

 

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Year? M-38A1 Pico, CA $1300

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This includes a Warn Overdrive. It might be worth a look for parts.

“I have a 1950’s era Jeep m38a1.
It was sold to me as a 1965 CJ5 but I had a few jeep experts tell me that it was in fact a military M38A1 from the 50’s.

It has:
3.8l Buick V6 engine
Borg Warner t98 trans
Dana 18 transfer case with Warn overdrive.
Gears are really high ratio… 5:33’s I think in Dana 44 rear and Dana 25 front.
New wiring harness is 60% installed
Saginaw power steering box

This Jeep needs some love. Sadly I don’t have the time or skill level to do it justice. I’ve never been able to put it on the road

The bad,..
Needs a fuel cell
Trans and transfer case need to be sealed up,Won’t hold oil.
It’s been sitting for a few years, it ran when I parked it.

Asking $1300 for the whole thing. Bill of sale only. No title. All reasonable offers will be considered.”

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/4305569275.html

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Mike’s Electric 1953 M-38A1

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Robin discovered this cool jeep: an electric 1953 M-38A1.

Robin writes, “The owner, Mike Sudik, is an electrician and president of Big Sky Solar Wind out of Missoula, MT. Mike removed the engine several years ago (now owned by Robin) and replaced it with a DC electric motor. The top speed has been 45 mph and goes about 60-90 miles on a charge.  The “top” is actually a solar panel used to charge the 12V system for his PA and stereo.

He has detailed his adventure at: http://www.bigskysolar-wind.blogspot.com/. On his website are pictures showing how he accomplished the task. He had the Jeep listed as a CJ-3A but he now knows that it is an M-38A1. In fact, he probably got way more info (from me) than he ever expected. 🙂 He is a really great guy and I thought your readers might like to see what he has done. I have some pictures here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alturusphoto/sets/72157640164517713/

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1953 M-38A1 Oceanside, CA $5000

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This might be worth a look.

“I have a 1953 willys M38A1 up for sale for $5000. It has a freshly rebuild motor and is mostly stock. It does need a little tlc, it drives now but will need a little work before it is road ready. ”

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/4303305940.html

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1953 M-38A1 Meridian, ID **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD* Was $1000.

There’s some value here. Needs a variety of parts though.

“WILLY’S M38A1..1953 ..NO ENGINE,TRANS OR TRANSFER CASE. I HAVE IDAHO TITLE IN MY NAME..MOSTLY COMPLETE.DASH NOT CUT UP..ORIGINAL WINDSHIELD WITH ELECTRIC WIPERS. ORIGINAL RIMS WITH SPARE AND 5 GALLON CAN MOUNTED. HAS 3 SEAT FRAMES ONLY WIYETH GOOD GAS TANK AND CAP.HAS BUMPERETTES AND A PINTLE HOOK IN REAR..FRONT BUMPER IS STRAIGHT AND GRILL IS GOOD.HAVE X MEMBER FOR TRANS AND HEADLIGHT BUCKETS ALSO 5;38 GEARS WITH A 44 REAR AND A 25 FRONT.HAS BEEN SAND BLASTED LAST YEAR AND PARKED INSIDE..RESTORE OR A GOOD START FOR A ROCK CRAWLER…1000.00”

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Year? M-38A1 Dumpbed East Wenatchee, WA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price

Here’s an unusual setup.

“Owned by a local irrigation district and used to haul concrete to canal since the 60’s. Back has been cut out to allow dump to operate and passenger seat is gone so dump parts could be placed there, Engine does not appear to be original but runs and was maintained but needs a good tune up. Spent 200 on rebuilding dump so I could haul concrete threw narrow openings and haul rocks. Have not used it since I rebuilt it but did try it a few times. Dents from years of abuse. Original stars. No data plates or title. Irrigation district lost title and some dumb deputy told them to sell it to get a salvage only paperwork. Tried to explain to them what they did but they were not getting it. Said this is fine since it was told to them by a deputy. I do have a bill of sale. And if you can get them to understand great. Does have numbers on frame. I wanted to trade it for a Minelab metal detector or a White Detector and probe and hoops worth about 1500. ie: a V3i white or Minelab Safari. Might have tail light covers and a few smalls that go with the M38A1. (Triangle on back not included)”

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1952 & 1954 M-38A1s Brookhaven, GA $7000

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Both run.

“WTS: 2 M38A1s
1954:
Excellent condition with almost rust free tub( only 1 spot about the size of a 1/3 of a dollar bill).
Runs like a sewing machine
Ex-Civil Defense jeep
24 volt
Original lights work
Very nice original military jeep
VERY EASY RESTORATION

1952:
Very early M38A1 (data plate indicates 126th M38A1 built)
Tub needs some work
Engine runs
converted to 12 volts

Call Jason at 404-665-6411 for more info or to schedule a visit to see.
Can deliver within 200 miles of 30319 for 1.00/mile”

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/4297299233.html

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1952 M-38A1 Central Minnesota **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

“It appears pretty solid and complete. I believe this was recently painted. (Here’s an earlier version before the paint)

“1952 M38A1 4×4 Military Jeep”

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Year? M-38A1 Caddo, TX $800

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This has the hinged grille, so likely an early M-38A1.

“I have an old military jeep that I have already stripped down to the frame ready for restoration, I would rather see it go to someone who has the time and knowledge to restore it back to original condition. Does have title but the title says it’s a 58, It does not have vin plate on the dash, It needs very little parts, body is in good condition, very little rust. Asking $800,or will do partial trade. 5&o_77five-79&&”

http://texoma.craigslist.org/cto/4294835313.html

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1954 M-38A1 Monterey, MA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8400.

“This is an original unmodified military M38a1. (the civilian version was the Cj5)

Runs well. Less than 5,000 miles on rebuilt engine. Stops straight.
Registered. Clean title.
Has original data plates (indicates serial number/date of delivery).
Body is original. No body rot. No additional welding or cutting to the body anywhere. Nothing has been modified, with the exception of added turn signals, third brake light and the Warn all speed overdrive. (That’s an overdrive for each gear….nice to have since these military Jeeps from that era were geared a bit low).
The electrical system is correct at 24v along with the correct distributor, voltage regulator and generator. Springs are original.
Original/stock rims and NDCC tires. Not lifted.
Has 3 year old canvas winter top, no side curtains or doors included.
Has correct pintle trailer hitch.”

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1952 M-38A1 Anaheim, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5700

(01/07/2014) This M-38A1 has a few drive train upgrades.

“1952 willys jeep m38-A1, 327 engine, muncie 4 speed,clean professional installation and wiring [no quick connectors,power steering with saginaw box, power brakes [recent brake job] new tires, steward warner gauges, painted top to bottom military green when engine was out, excellent cond.”

 

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Young Teen Tackles a M-38A1

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Features, M-38A1

Here’s a good story about a young Teen named Ben Zenger reported in the Winston-Salem Journal on Wednesday. At 9 years old he decided he wanted a jeep. He saved up his own money and, with his parents approval, bought one: A 1954 M-38A1 that needs some work. Check out all the information at the website:

http://www.journalnow.com/journal_west/news/article_cf32fbc0-bba9-50ce-ba50-21335c96816d.html

I did have a video below, but it auto-started with commercials, so here’s a still of Ben instead. Go to the website to see the video.

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1945 VEC? CJ-2A / 1955 M-38A1 Glasgow, VA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3200.

The M-38A1 runs.

“1945 Willie CJ2. 1955 Willie CJ5. Titles for both. 1955 runs, shifts, stops. Complete but not together. Hard top available. New radiator, gas tank, steering wheel. 1945 not so much. Two windshields, four fenders, extra stuff. The pair and not separable. Call evenings and speak loud and slow to recorder.”

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1953 M-38A1 Houston, TX $5000

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This hunting jeep includes a water cylinder holder.

“I am selling my hunting Jeep. Its a four cylinder, 4×4 with a feeder mounted on the back and a cooler rack and water cylinder holder. It runs well and is in satisfactory condition for its age. It would be a good candidate to re-do.”

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/4285531633.html

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1961 M-38A1 Morro Bay, CA $5000

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This jeep looks solid. Includes a Warn winch.

“I have an 1961 M38A1 military jeep 4×4 issued to the us marine corp. it has an original f head 4cyl engine, not sure if its the original engine its been converted to 12v dc has two new batteries, floor pan under fuel tank has been replaced. floor pan has been coated with hurculiner. have soft top and hard top w metal doors. black out front running lights have been converted to running lights and wired to be street legal. exhaust has been upgraded. does not have military carburetor. intake has been modified to use k&n filter. 8000lb warn winch on the front. have an original service manual. top speed 45-50mph. new 31″ tires no spare but have spare tire carrier. has been wired to tow with a 4way flat. 40,500 miles fun jeep asking $5000. runs and drives great. Open to trades”

http://slo.craigslist.org/cto/4285612244.html

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M-38A1 & CJ-2A Parts Jeeps Ranchita, CA $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, M-38A1

UPDATE: Price dropped to $500.

“for parts only no titles– bodies are in rough shape ,m38a1 has original 4 cyl, no trans & no transfer case no broken frame and axles are in place

cj2a doesn’t have many parts – has frame- rear diff– seat frames- parts to front diff -no Eng or trans 600.00 for both . good for someone doing a restore– bring your trailer –will forklift them on”

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/pts/4284941450.html

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1954 M-38A1 Bristol, VT **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8500.

Looks like a solid jeep.

“I have a restored 1954 Willys M38A1 Military Jeep for sale. Delivered to the Army in February 1954. Runs excellent. Newly rebuilt fuel pump. Engine runs at a steady 50 pounds of pressure and purrs like a kitten. The body is 99% rust free and original. Has all 3 seats,top bows,still all 24 Volt electrical, correct gas tank, new canvas winter top,top bows,jerrycan,pintle hook, shovel,axe, new canvas seat cushions, parking brake works, transmission shifts great(very smooth),new clutch, transfer case works great as does the 4 wheel drive. Has 5 brand new(100 miles on them) Military NDCC tires, correct rims, has had all new brakes put on. New exhaust system. Windshield wipers and all lights work. Has 2 new 12 volt batteries. Just changed the oil and filter last night. INCLUDES a NON-FIRING(cannot be made to fire),display .30 Cal. M1919A4 machine gun, M31A1 mount.pintle,travel arm. Looks AWESOME when installed! This jeep runs great and goes down the road excellent. Very nice ride with top up or down! Here is a link to some of the work done on it”

 

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1952 M-38A1 Laredo, TX $3000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $3000

“1952 MILITARY willy jeep in running condition. brand new brake system.
motor re-built.
$3000. 00 priced low for quick sale
CALLS ONLY— 8985654 if no response text or call —–7748120”

http://laredo.craigslist.org/cto/4282764051.html

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1955 M-38A1C Phoenicia, NY eBay

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UPDATE: The starting bid is only $600.

“55′ M38A1″C” army jeep for restoration. A rare 106mm recoilless rifle version of the m38a1. Jeep body is pretty beat, but still has some hard to find accessories that can be transferred to a better body. Engine is the original, but does not turn over. Frame is very nice, with the coil helper springs in the back. Sold as is, no warranty…Bill of sale only.”

View all the information on ebay

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1953 M-38A1 Antelope, CA $4800

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $4800.

(10/18/2013) Nothing fancy, but looks like a solid jeep that might be easy to restore.

“For sale here is my military Jeep, M38 A-1. This jeep has gone trough frame off restoration in 1990s and is rust free. Going back to school, too much toys.
Has F-134 engine, 6300 miles on it since rebuild
T-90 3 speed with ATV overdrive. Front diff locks, High Neutral and Low Transfer Case
K&N air filter. 16 in rims.
Fresh Engine oil every 2000miles , fresh transmission/transfer oil, and differential fluids, regular join lubrication.
It is registered and insured drive it to work twice a week.
It comes with Bikini top and soft doors. full size spare
Original black CA plates,Repair&Troubleshoot Manuel w/pictures, parts catalog. Comes with extra set of new brake pads, (wouldn’t need it for long time)
I have the title.
This Jeep is turn key, you can drive it home, I can also deliver it locally for free.
The paint job is not the best I have ever seen, but I like non nonchalant look.
Feel free to ask questions (916) 201-7624 Daniel. If this ad is up then it is available for sale. Local sale only, no shipping offers would be entertained.”

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/4277594123.html

 
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Year? M-38A1 Chino, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $5000.

Lots of stock M-38A1 here. Might be worth a look.

“M38A1 Willys Jeep, new interior, original gage cluster. Runs.”

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1952 M-38A1 Milton, WV **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Apparently needs a little work.

“Military M38A1, (looks like CJ5) has newer V6 engine, runs good, has 1/2 metal top and doors. Body is fair, will run and drive but it needs work to be road worthy. Does have new tie rods and shocks on it.”

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2 M-38A1s Abilene, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: Was $5800. Likely Sold.

Both run.

“I have a couple of M38A1 Military jeeps that I need to sell…One is a 1954 and the other is a 1955…Both jeeps are 24 volt electrical systems….Both jeeps start and run…They both need some TLC…Not rust buckets…2 new batteris included….I have more pictures…I have a title for one of the jeeps and a bill of sale for the other..Great restoration projects…Asking $5800.00 for both jeeps or make me a resonable offer….email this post for more info..”

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