The Willys M38A1 was produced from 1952-1971, with a production total of 101,488 (80,290 domestic / 21,198 foreign sales). The M38A1 was the introduction of the first rounded fender Willys Jeep which predates the civilian version CJ-5 (1955) of the Universal CJ series. Following the retirement of the flat fender M38, the M38A1 was redesigned with round front fenders, a contoured hood, two-piece windshield, top mounted windshield wipers, and outfitted with the 4-134 F engine and T90 transmission. The M38A1 (MD) was stronger than its civilian counterpart (CJ-5) with a stronger frame, suspension, reversed springs shackles and a 24 volt waterproof electrical system.
Other identifying features of the M38A1 are: blackout lights on fenders and grille, spare tire located on the back, sunk in headlights with no headlight trim rings, 4 1/2″ large fuel filler located on the drivers side, and a large circular indention on the passenger side body panel. The battery box is located on the passenger side cowl under the windshield and the glove box is located on the driver side dash board.
|Weight: 3,865 lb. (Gross), 2,660 lb. (Curb)
Length (overall): 138-5/8”
Width (overall): 60-7/8”
Height (maximum): 73-3/4”
Ground Clearance: 9-5/16”
Tire Size: 7.00 x 16
Tread: (Front) 49-1/8”, (Rear) 49-1/8”
Transfer Case: Dana 18
Front Axle: Dana 25 (1952-1960)
or Dana 27 (1961-1971)
Rear Axle: Dana 44
Fuel Capacity: 17 Gal.
Other: 2-Piece Windshield, 24 Volt Electrical
|4-134 F Head Motor (475) (All Years)
Engine Type: 134 CID (2.2L) F4-134 Hurricane 14
Number of Cylinders: 4
Cu-In. Displacement: 134.2 cu. in. (2199,53 cm 3)
Horsepower: 72@4000 rpm
Torque: 114 lb-ft. (15,7 kg-m.)
Compression Ratio: 6.9 to 1
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