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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by anthony myrick, May 4, 2021.
Got a civilian model in the deal too
If it is true USMC , it should have locked axles and go on any surface on this planet
I hope so.
I’m trying to figure out those mounts in front of the fenders
its s 62. according to the info I read, the only branch that used these past 57 was the USMC or sold to friendly foreign governments
Just some stuff I saw online.
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The m38 is missing its engine. The civilian version is complete.
Other than the 24volt for the m38, wonder what other differences are?
Jeeps are cool ! I have an m38 resting in the barn for...someday. Lots of info here, but they make you sign up to access the library http://www.willysmjeeps.com/v2/index.php another is G503.com. Does your m38a1 still have its data plates? it seems those have the only serial numbers, none on the frame
Yep. Still has the data plate
I had an M38A1 for a few years, it was a fun little vehicle to drive.
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I could already see the beginning of a serious addiction in your original post about your son's new project !! Welcome to the One Willys Is Never Enough Club !!
Will be 3 by this weekend
The son with the 3a has wheeled and dealed for a 2 a tub
My oldest thinks this M38!is the coolest thing I ever drug home. Hmmmm
The 3a we have is definitely dog legged.
This M38’s wheels turn the same direction. You have to bear hug a tire to keep em from turning when turning the opposite wheel.
That sounds like both axles may have the track lock. I hope so
Best I remember, not a lot of difference in CJ5 and M38A1. Mil version had blackout tail and parking lights, various brackets and holes for mil equipment. You can put locking hubs on front in place of being full time engaged. I'm thinking CJ's got the OHV enegine while military version was still flathead, but might be wrong on that. Been about 25 years since I got rid of my last CJ5, had a M38A1 before that, they looked identical, except CJ had a tailgate, M38A1 didn't.
This one is a 62. Should be a F head.
The civilian cj5 that came with the deal has that.
As far as I can find info, the engine is basically the same.
The military block would have M cast into it.
The 24volt accessories and water proof distributor is the biggest difference
The bodies have a lot of differences.
Probably use the cj5 to build the M38.
And with an early anti-theft device
Posted pics on a military page. They haven’t figured out those jump seat looking things up front. The spare tire carrier is on the wrong side and was built that way. The small door in the rear body is odd as well
The 2nd jeep in the deal made it home.
Very rough body. But was full of parts. Many were M38 pieces.
The 134 is stuck but complete.
Are going to restore this or build a rock crawler...
Hmmmm. No for a “rock crawler” yes for a vehicle that will be used off road.
I’m not a museum curator. I like driving old stuff. The plan (for now). Remove the 134 from the cj5. See if it’s salvageable. If so, use it to get the m38 function able.
Clean the body to the original green, fix the rust and spot in.
Use it for weekend woods fun. Maybe a daily to work. Who knows.
Anthony My ex wife used to tell me one more car and 150 ft. of chain link you could have your own junk yard.
I got a few. Sold a couple last year. My neighbor built a 6ft privacy fence.
Found these pieces after sorting thorough the extra parts.
Well, its all Anthony's fault, I had too have a look at my jeep stash. I pushed it in the barn 20 years ago, then stuff got piled on to the point that I really didn't know what was there and what is missing. I pulled the parts rig out of the jungle too, and parked them side by side to do inventory. The two dummy's have been sittin there for long enough, they will have to take a back seat as its my turn to drive. I had figured I would need new tires, but all took air but one, and its so hard that even flat it still holds up the jeep. Only flat on one side...maybe at speed you would get passed the "bump" ?
Anthony, join Steel Soldiers. They are by and far your best resource for information. Just be careful they are kinda dicks on a military power trip. Read the TMs, they will tell you to any way. My best advise is to lurk for a few weeks learn as much as you can about the jeep and parts then sign up. When they smell fresh blood sometimes they attack. Little or no sense of humor. I almost got banned twice for telling guys stuck in the sticks with ventilated blocks to pack the holes with tampons and pads and if necessary use diapers to plug the holes. They thought it was too sexual. I explained when I did police towing the boss required us to Cary that stuff so we would not leave streams of oil or anti freeze on the streets. There is an actual real vin stamped on the frame some where. I don’t remember where. The hood or registration numbers are it’s military numbers not usually useful for titling.
Me a few years ago, 47 CJ2A....swapped out the GoDevil for 68 Chevy 153...
My 48 CJ2A. Owned it for about 40 years. Still fun. Good luck with yours.
If I remember right you can tell military by the gas tank opening larger, glove box door or map box on the drivers side, spring schakles on the front of the spring and battery box on the cowl and cover. The hood had a cutout for the fording kit but many later jeeps used the military hood.
I have been a jeep guy since I was 16 and wish I had a old one yet. I still have a 1945 M100 bantam trailer now have to find a jeep lol
Mine is showing 3200 mikes. The dust (former grease) had to be blown out of the steering box.
I considered looking for one of those if the Fhead is bad.
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