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M-38 FireJeep @ Mississippi State University

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

A student from Mississippi State University named Cliff contacted me yesterday.  He’s in the Aerospace program and also employed at the Raspet Flight Research Lab.  The lab owns and operates the M-38 Fire Jeep shown below. They have a problem with their jeep and need some help.

According to Cliff, the M-38 had developed a knock (after being loaned out temporarily), so Cliff and another co-worker tore the engine apart during some down time recently.

Cliff writes, “Here comes the bad news, once we got the motor on the stand and pulled the rod caps we find that the rod bearings on the 3rd and 4th cylinders have ground in to nothing, which was thought to be the case when a ton of metal shavings were found in the oil pan. The motor is not original to the jeep, it had been replaced in ’88 with an F-head and a hole cut in the hood to accommodate it, and seems to be a rebuilt engine because the crank has already been turned once. So here is the dilemma. The lab is low on money and is not wanting to pay a lot for repairs but many of us here would like to save the jeep from the scrap yard and return it to its duties as our fire truck. So I am here to ask for your help in saving this Jeep, we are in need of a new crank and badly need a new wiring harness and am asking for donations on these parts but am also willing to trade the entire F-head motor(which other then needing a new crank is in great shape) for a L-head motor.

I responded to Cliff to see if I can get a little more information about this project and what else they might need (for example, bearings, seals, etc) to get this running again.

Unless someone wants to contact Cliff themselves (I’ll be happy to forward an addy) and provide assistance (maybe you live close or graduated from the Mississippi State or for some other reason), I will be happy to organize some help for Cliff and his project.

Here are some pics of the jeep before disassembly:

View more pics by clicking the link below —

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Dana 18 + Overdrive Garrettsville, Oh **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: OD Saturn/Warn, Transfer Cases

Bob indicates this is probably sold.

“Selling a dana 18 tcase and warn overdrive from my willys. Everything is in great working order. The warn overdrive is 6 spline and shifts cleanly. The dana 18 transfer case has been twin sticked and has the 4″ bore. I can take hi resolution shots of anything you’d like to see in more detail. All three shifters will be included. 600$ obo. I need a few things that I would take in trade. A dana 20 tcase to mate to a 6 spline mainshaft, a metal chop saw, drill press or tubing bender (not pipe).”

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Aluminum Turbine Rims 5 x 5.5 Zimmerman, Mn $100

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

These appear to be 8″ wide rims.  5 for $100 is a good price.

“Selling qty (5) old school turbine wheels with 5 on 5 and a half bolt pattern. Will clean up real nice with some wheel polish. I think they are 8 inches wide. $100.00. Bret. 612-803-4977.”

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4 Goodyear Terra Tires Goldendale, Wa $300

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

This looks like a good price.

“31×15:50×15 goodyear terra tires like new only have about 500 miles on them mounted on 3/4 ton steel wheels call 509-773-4118”

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2 Goodyear tires w/rims Summit, Wa $323

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims

These appear in reasonable shape.

“This is a pair of 31×15.50×15 Goodyear Wrangler XT Terra Tires mounted on 15″ steel rims with Ford 1/2 ton and Jeep 5 bolt pattern. The rims are straight and the tire sidewalls are free of cracks. There are tubes installed. Price is $323.00 USD for the pair or best reasonable offer. Cash only. ”

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Wanted: Turbine Rims for a CJ-5

• CATEGORIES: Tires and Rims, wanted

Here’s a buyer for some rims.

I want to buy some old school turbine style wheels for my CJ5. Bolt pattern 5 on 5.5 . Tires a plus. Contact Greg in Loveland via reply email this ad.”

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1946 CJ-2A Conifer, Co **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2800

It needs an engine and a few other parts, but otherwise looks solid.

“Roller, perfect for Buick V-6, Chevy 283. NO rust, frame perfect. $2800 OBO”

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1947 CJ-2A Friday Harbor, WA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

“Cutest thing in town! Draws crowds where ever we go! Brand new Jeep top. Has a starter problem ($60 fix) but other than that it runs great! SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!”

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1948 CJ-2A Beavercreek, OH **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3100.

(08/13/2009) This jeep appears in very good condition.

“1948 Willys Jeep, 4×4, 3.8 Buick V-6 engine, American Racing Mags, original running gears, new convertible top. Rare. Runs Good/Drives Great. Have more pics to send if interested. Phone calls only please”

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1950 Jeepster Reading, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5900

This is a good looking, stock Jeepster.

“Nice Driver. Engine,Steering,Brakes all rebuilt.New original wiring harnes. May trade for Galaxie,Willys wagon or antique/classic car or truck.”

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1950 Jeepster Waterloo, In $8500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

Here’s a highly customized  Jeepster.  It looks like a great price given the number of updates.

“‘1950 Willys Jeepster Custom Convertible, 1989 S10 Frame w/ 2″ drop spindles, 6″ channelled, fresh 355 Chevy engine, 420 comp cam, 300HP 327 heads, 700R4 trans, R & P steering. Daily Driver! You can drive it home for $8500.00. Email me at or call me at 260-927-5752. I can email you more pictures.”

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Wanted: A buyer for a flattie in Vermont

• CATEGORIES: wanted

“Wanted to buy Willys Jeep prefer flat fender model military or civilian please call 802 730 2443”

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1946 CJ-2A Walnut Creek, Ca **Status Unknown**


UPDATE:  Was $6900. **Status Unknown**

(11/30/2010) It’s a nice looking rig.

“’46 Willy CJ2A, ’87 4.3 Ltr Chevy Engine, ’91 350 Turbo Transmission, ’72 CJ model 30 front end 27 spline, ’86 Jeep Cherokee steering column, Model 44 rear end off-set pumpkin with posi-traction, CJ 3A Windshield, Dana 18 transfer case, 4 wheel drive and locking hubs, 373 rear end gear ratio, 276 in over drive, Power steering, Power take off winch, 4 extra tires with rims, Soft top and sides, Bikini top, CB ready, 11″ Mercury power brakes”


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1953 M-38 Central Washington $1800


UPDATE:  Still Available.

(03/24/2010) “53 M38 flat fender jeep. Last of the military flat fenders. Has a hard top with data tags. Jeep has a 302 engine in it and it ran when I fired it up. But the master brake cylinder was in need of rebuilding so I never drove it. Body needs work done. Dash has section for emergency brake cut out? and while all gauges are there the plate they mount in is gone. Body is rough. Has larger tires and needs radiator installed. The top in the picture is not the top it has on it now. that was a home made top and like I said it now has a M38 top. Has floating rear axles. Might trade for hunting items or military collectibles or gas station collectibles. I have too many jeeps and trying to clean up around here. Looking also for 48 1 1/2 ton with dump bed for parts.”

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Saturday at the Midwest Willys Reunion

• CATEGORIES: News • TAGS: , .

While it was cold and rainy, mixed with, gulp, a little snow here in Boise, weather improved out in Ohio for the Midwest Willys Reunion.  Both Bob and Brian snapped a variety of images and gave their own perspectives

Bob writes, “Much better weather today in the mid 70s. There looked to be about 100 Jeeps of all sorts today. There were lots of Cj2as and 3as, three CJ3Bs, and lots of truck and wagons. A whole lot to look at!  The little Jeep dispatcher [the red jeep a few pics down] was very cool and sold for around $5500. Also, there were lots of parts to be had. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the high 80s.”

Hey Bob, what is sticking out of the side of the yellow flattie? Is it an air cleaner?  Is the ‘windshield’ glass or plexiglass?

What’s the color on this flattie, red or orange or a blend?  I like the color.  Nice dually, too!

This is the DJ-3A that sold.  Are these DJ-3A windshields taller than a CJ-3B windshield?  Or were they simply re-purposed for the DJ-3A?

I’m assuming that is an aftermarket bumper?  I can’t say I’ve seen one of these on any jeeps for sale that I have seen.

Brian seemed to be captivated by the trucks and wagons during this visit.  He captured some great pics of Chad’s project (Chad received the Toledo Brick award, something the Reunion staff has been doing for several years now. It’s a brick from the old Jeep plant in Toledo.) and a pic of his favorite at the show, this wagon below (click on the pic to get a much larger pic).

Here’s images of Chad’s truck:

And 2 other wagons:

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Custom Truck Bumper

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Trucks, Willys Wagons

Steve was wondering if any readers knew anything about this aftermarket bumper found on some trucks (I’ll have to look back at some other images, but I know I’ve seen this or something similar on other trucks). I guess it is time to add a ‘bumper mod’ section to the modifications area.

Steve writes, “I Have the following wagon bumper and wondered if anyone knew anything about it?   The tag says Ricks Trailer Works, 2003 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona.   I used to see these on a few wagons, but haven’t in quite a while.  My wagon with this came out of Utah.   It looks like a nice practical bumper, but haven’t decided how to use it yet.  Thought it might be a modification people find interesting.”

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1950 CJ-3A Kansas City, Mo $6750


This looks great.

“1950 Willys CJ3A. 15000 actual miles. New tires, new brakes and clutch. Recent valve job. Solid original floors and hat channels. Dualmatic hubs. Great example-you won’t be disappointed.”

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1956 DJ-3A? Arroyo Grande, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3950.

I believe this is a DJ-3A has been changed to four wheel drive, though it’s listed as a ’56 on the Ad title and a ’65 within the text of the Ad.

“1965 WILLY’S JEEP with a Chevy engine in excellent condition.”

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1953 CJ-3B Gildford, Mt $5000


This might be pretty nice.  The towel between the hood and windshield suggests the owner has been at least somewhat careful with it.

“1953 willys jeep. recently painted. passanger seat needs refinished. runs excellent. 5000 OBO.”

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1950 Jeepster Tuckahoe, Ny $2500

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: .

It runs, but needs work.

“1950 Willly’s Overland Jeepster Convertible. Only 19,000 ever made. Car runs but needs restoration. Mechanics manual available.”

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1948 Truck Glendale, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3800

Looks good!


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1955 Wagon Wichita, Ks **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

Looks great.  Is it my imagination or does that rear bumper stick unusually far away from the body?


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2 1948 CJ-2As Abilene, Tx $5000


There is certainly some work left with both Jeeps.

“This listing is for TWO different 1948 CJ2A Jeep Willys, but are being sold together.  I’ve had these Jeeps for a while, and was thinking about using both Jeeps to restore into one. For a list of reasons I am not able to complete the project anymore, and have decided to sell them to someone who is. There are flaws to both Jeeps, but between the two they’re great for a restoration!  One of the Jeeps has a rare aftermarket aluminum hard top and doors (picture included). I have new parts included with the Jeeps, and FOUR extra original rims!
If you have any other questions you can email me, or call me. Jim (325) 665-7527 (please call in reasonable hours).”

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1968 Commando Salt Lake City, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeepster • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2400.

“1968 Jeepster Commando Roadster.  Buick 225 V6 Aluminum head, new alternator, exhaust- runs strong. New brakes & new floors inside. Rollbar. 3spd. Rocker Box Transmission (shifts a little rough- needs work). Needs Master Cyl.  Exterior sprayed with yellow Rhino Liner treatment for durability. Also custom bulk head installed for pickup truck look, if desired. New bikini top.  This is a really cool classic Jeep that is in need of some TLC! Lots of $$ invested, just no time to finish. My loss your gain!  Asking $2400/OBO. ”

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1952 M-38 West Valley, Ut **SOLD**


The seller notes this has a Ford head — it does appear to be a GPW head.  To view a fantastic comparison of heads, visit the website?  This looks like a very good price on  a running M-38 for a restoration project.  The Serial Number is 64395 (the last M-38 serial number appears to be 72329).

“For sale is a 1952 Willys M38. Original Drive train: Ford Head/M38 Block. The vehicle does not have a tailgate or windshield. It appears to have been: military green, then red, then light blue and finally black. Both front and passenger side rear blackout lights are present. It runs and drives but the carb is out being rebuilt. The vehicle has civilian tires/rims and there are two spares (six total). The seats are not original. Repairs: new brake lines/cylinders, radiator rebuilt, electrical converted to 12V, tune up, fuel tank/sending unit & more. Jeep comes with about $800 of parts from List of parts to come soon.  Jeep is located in West Valley City Utah.  $2000 OR $1750 AS IS: IE-NO REBUILT CARB-TOW AWAY.”