1951 M38 Jeep - Purchased in 1977, added Chevy 231 V-6 with Muncie 4-speed, Warn OD and Detroit Lockers front and rear. Added Long Leaf springs and painted
finally in 2010. Purchased with money saved while bagging groceries in 1977 for
$2,750.00 from local San Diego Jeep dealership. Drove and climbed all over southern California deserts, Baja California and Death Valley to High Sierra. Now nearly 35 years later all of my kids (now grown up) still love to ride in "The old Jeep"-- we have gone through 1 Cherokee and have 2 GC's for daily drivers! The "Old Jeep" is here to stay and hopefully the grandkids enjoyment some day!
My mv is an Willys Overland MC M38 - Year 1950, I started restoring it two year, it was all disassembled, with all mechanically adapted to 12V, and did not have anything military.
I had to do the inverse operation to all this that he suffered for many years, but I am slowly bringing back to life this great car. My name is Ederson Zier, I am a collector of military vehicles. I am a member of the MVPA # 32056, I'm from the town of CaÁador state of Santa Catarina - Brazil
1951 M-38 CDN CAR 51-30035 - During the Korean War, all the M38s produced by Willys, Toledo (Ohio), were going to the U.S. army. Willys was simultaneously producing a large number of civilian jeeps. On 29 september 1951, Willys-Overland announced an agreement with the Canadian Government and Ford Motor Company of Canada for production of military Jeeps (M38 CDN) in Windsor, Canada, Willys-Overland to supply parts and tooling. For early line assembly start up, Ford must have build about fifty M38 CDN at the end of 1951 from parts already available at Willys. Ford Canada assembled 2438 M-38 mosly in 1952. Starting at 51-30001, a Canadian Army Registration number was stamped on top of the left front frame rail upon reception.
Bought in 1966 by a friend of mine. Early 1975 restoration (12 Volt, Warn overdrive, Ramsey PTO and winch, 11" drum brakes, Dualmatic hubs, Wagner electric fuel pump, desert sand paint...).
Stored in barn until last year. It's now running after: grinding of
cyl. #4 intake valve, new master cyl., new wheel cyl., new gas tank. It is probably the only surviving 1951 CDN with stock body, frame and mechanics.
When I first got “Willy”, he was fire engine red. UGH! Black grill. Body "fair", but intact with minimal rust. Have stopped the rust. Some engine work. Generator has stopped charging---will rewind at local gen shop. 24V system mostly intact. He has been "bubba'd" some with a mixture of 12V wiring and 24V. Hope to tear all that out and start over. Well, daggone it, Willy is semi-retired now and he won't be jumping any more ditches and wallowing in mud anymore! So long as I am his owner, I best not catch anyone misusing 'im, either! :) I used him a bit in the snow this winter when I couldn't get out of my yard! We had about 3" of snow/ice that stayed around for awhile, and I HAD to go to the grocery store!
1952 Willys M38 - I've always wanted a Willys and finally about 5 years ago I found one that I fell in love with and bought. It is in Colombia, where there are a lot of Willys which are used to go up mountains and open roads. Colombia loves Willys. It is kept in perfect condition and only driven by a few people. I treasure it with all my heart. Everytime I am in Colombia that is all I drive. I have two sons and they love it. They think it is a cool car.
1951 M38 purchased in 2006, from an individual in Pittsburgh,PA who purchased it from a Fire Company in Maryland, vehicle was used as a brush fire, didn't see much action, it sat in the garage. The vehicle was painted red with yellow pinting on it, after its life in the military.
I don't know if the vehicle was sent over seas and saw any action in Korea. There are still some drap olive green on the vehicle. Engine, drivetrane, axles, suspension are still original from the day it was manufactured. The vehicle was changed from a 24 volt to 12 volt electrical system. I possess the original wheels, tires and various parts which makes it a prime vehicle for restoration.
I am enjoying the vehicle as it is, thinking of in the future to swapping the engine to a 225 odd fire V6 buick and four speed trany to improve roadability. I installed an overdrive from Advanced Adaptors to improve speed.
I also owned a yellow M38 1952 for which will be intended for future sale.
A few years ago I bought quite a few parts from you including a body tub. Here is what those parts became. Still in work, but this type of project really never gets completed. 1950 M38, Muncie 4 Speed, Warn Overdrive, Chevy 327, Dynatrak Axles.
Basically a "New 1950 M38", the one the Army really wished they had.
Paul Bierman from Alaska with a few pictures of my neverending Willys M38 rebuild project. I began this latest rebuild on January 1st, 1986 but I only work winters on the Jeep. The summer season here in Alaska is very short and I try to be outdoors as much as possible during this all too brief season, so work on the Willys stops in late March and resumes again sometime in October.
My friend John London (we both live in Nashville TN) and I wanted to share our M-38 photos - These photos include our run at Fort Campbell KY, home of the 101st Airborne Division, and our trail run at Turkey Bay (LBL) - Kentucky Lake and State Park (Land Between the Lakes). I also have three projects for the fall, a '46 column shift CJ-2a; a 1944 military and a '47 pick up.
Here are a few pictures of our M38 Jeep, a 1953 Willy's that I painted in a Naval Shore Patrol version. It took me about six years working on it in between traveling for work and moving from Kansas to Colorado to Illinois where I completed the process. After much waiting and filing paper after paper we were able to get a VIN on it, get a title and finally license it. It is street ready and we are looking forward to many years of enjoying riding around in it on our lake property in Oklahoma. If you use our pictures we would love to have a copy of the catalog or magazine it is in.
- Tom & Sharon Dittme
Here is my restored M38. It came from an Arizona utility in yellow. There is one mystery around it that I can't quite figure out. During the frame-off restoration, the painter says that there was no evidence of a previous color other than the yellow that it used to be. Do you have any knowledge that the M38 was produced new for purposes other than the military?
Ft. Collins, Co.