This 1955 M38A1 started out as a project of my Dad’s. He worked on it for years, and on and off I would give him a hand when I could. As time went by, his failing health kept him from working on it as much as he wanted to, so my uncle stepped in and took the Jeep back to his house. He and a few of his friends put it all back together in running condition. He then returned it back to my Dad, who was very happy to see it back up and running. My Dad asked me to go with him to his very first car show – He tried to drive it there himself, but poor health prevented him from being able to handle the Jeep, so I took over and drove him to the show. He really enjoyed the show and told me how he’d like to go to more with me, but that the Jeep was mine to finish. Within a few months after saying this, my Dad passed away, so I took complete ownership of the Jeep and worked very hard to get it restored to the shape it is in now!!
The Jeep was built in my Dad’s memory, as marked by the windshield sticker “In Memory Of Dad”. I finished the Jeep off with a new set of tires just a few days before I returned to the same show that was the only one he ever made it to. It’s been a great honor to proudly show off the Jeep in his memory. The hood numbers are his Military ID numbers. He was first in the 507th Eng. and when he retired some 30 yrs later, he was the Sarg of the Mess. All the markings are for him, as are all the “props” I display in the Jeep at shows: his helmet, belt, sleeping bag, mess kit among other things.
I am very proud to say that this Jeep will stay with me for as long as I can drive it, then it will be handed down to my son. Everywhere I go in it now, I know my co-pilot is with me – My Dad!
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Bruce Golden
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