1953 M38A1 - This is an M38A1 with an oral history of a Marine Jeep at Port Hueneme and stayed in Southern California until recently. Three coats of paint, original green, orange, and then a rattle can flat black. Also, this is my first Jeep, and it is really for my daughter and I to put put around town and replaces my Dual Sport/Enduro bike riding days. I am focusing on "preservation" of it in it's existing condition, and then in 10 or so years, start a restoration to original military configuration. 10 years to collect parts!
Still an F-Head. With some good advice from Mike, the jeep is now sporting a back seat and canvas cushions from Kaiser Willys.
Hello Mike, and Thank you for an oppurtunity to show off our vehicles.
These are a couple of my 1957 M38A1 issued to the U.S. Marine Corp on May 30th 1957. She still has a ways to go, re-paint in OD green, tires, seats etc.
Love your site, store and the great help and knowledge from the staff.
Many thanks, Bill Clements
Here are a couple of pics of my m38a1cdn kaiser 1967 that I restored. I am the driver in the one pic. My brother is behind at the very rear wearing the maroon hat and t-shirt along with some buddys we served with. This was taken at the Canadian Airborne reunion july 2005
This 1955 M38A1 Jeep was entered in 2012 Larimer County Fair Parade on July 28th. Received a letter July 30, 2012 saying :"Congratulations and thank you for exhibiting an Award Winning Entry in the 2012 Larimer County Fair Parade."
It was a thrill for the many fans and kids along the parade route to see this U.S. Army Jeep with the American Flag on the back. The theme of the parade was "Red ,White, and Blue".
I wore my Vietnam era fatigues with my Service Medals and the same Cal .45 M1911 pistol that I carried in Vietnam from June 19,1968 thru June 19, 1969. Served in U.S. Army 1st Logistical Command, ACofS,Ammunition, at Long Binh, Vietnam Tour 365.
These are photos of my 1954 Willys M38A1 that I belonged to my father before he passed away in December of 2005. He bought it at our home town (Diboll, TX) city auction in 1975 for $850. I helped him repaint it from white to a GMC green and put a black vinyl top on it to use as our first true off road hunting vehicle in the piney woods of Angelina County in south east Texas. It had sat for a lot of years after he retired. I finally picked it up in October of 2007 to start repairing and fixing it up.
1953 M38A1 Jeep - I have got most of the jeep in original shape except for the drive train. The guy I bought it off of put a Buick V6 in it and I believe he changed the front and rear differentials. It also came with the Borg Warner overdrive. I had to install a T-18 4 speed transmission because I kept going through the 3 speeds. I bought the jeep in 2003 from a man in San Jose. I retired 3 years ago so I had time to start the restoration this last summer. Still have to do the electrical and change the exhaust. Project is dedicated to the members of my family that served this great country. My grandfather, army WWII, my dad, Navy WWII, myself, Air Force Viet Nam, and my daughter, Army Iraq. Thanks all for your dedicated service.
Attached are a few photos of the Jeeps that you and yours have helped me renew and enjoy. The newer one is my 17 yr old son's daily driver. The older one is mine for weekend excursions to the beach and other enjoyable places.
We started with a 54 M38A1 that quickly became more than my son and I could make a daily driver for him. He traded that old M38A1 for a 67 CJ-5. He and I spent several hours at 'Granpa George's' in Palatka Fla looking for parts for the M38A1. Since I was advised to bring lots of patience and plenty of bug screen before visiting 'Granpa George', I was prepared for a day's adventure. Unfortunately my son, in typical 15 year old fashion, he knew more than I and forgot his bug screen. Six hours and multiple bug bites later, he decided that he would rather have a CJ than the M38. When he asked if he could trade Jeep for Jeep, he received very important advice from me.. "It's your Jeep son, do what you what, but don't get us in trouble with your Mom." He ended up trading and we have spent many wonderful hours making his Jeep 'his'. As a junior in highschool, his classmates all drive newer, jacked up, 4x4's from various foreign plants. He in turn drives a TRUE AMERICAN four wheel drive. Funny part is, that when his group of friends get together to use the four wheel drive in the mud of Florida, it seems that after the windshield is lowered, the friends always end up parking their newer foreign vehicles and riding in the kid's Jeep. He says they enjoy the 'safari' drive. Windshield down, bugs and mud in your teeth.
My 46, the one I have been looking to own since my youth, was as most Jeep stories go, NOT something I was looking to buy when it found me. My brother called me one Monday morning to inform me that there was a new listing on Craigslist in Daytona Beach for a jeep. A phone call to the number listed informed me that it was a 1946 CJ-5. I didn't question the seller, just asked if I could see it. The seller agreed to meet me later that morning to view the jeep. When I arrived there was another potential buyer looking at the jeep. Knowing that what I was looking at was a CJ-2A in pretty good shape, and the other buyer didn't know diddly about jeeps, I knew that I was taking this little baby home. Ended up giving the other buyer a $100.00 bill just to leave so I would be the only buyer. The seller couldn't believe what I did, and sold me the jeep for a third of his asking price.
My son and I have spent many hours together 'sticking one and breaking the other' and then fixing both.
As my wife says, "If you didn't take those out in the woods, they wouldn't break." To which my son replys, "But Mom, why else would we have these toys?"
Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we have enjoyed the experiences.
And thanks for helping me....CELEBRATE LIFE..
My Name is Gerardus Ario C. Sasongko from Cikarang - Indonesia. Here are photos of my MD 1962 M38A1 - NEKAF (Dutch Military version) c/w 24v electricity & fording system. I got her from the Army excess about 2 years ago. I believe this vehicle was used by the Army in a military international program between 1965-1969.
I purchased this Willys through a sealed-bid auction at the village of Clear Lake, WI in 2007. It is their fire department's former brush-buggy and was equipped with a water-tank and pump. I installed a rear seat frame and purchased new front and rear upholstery from Kaiser Willys. Seated in the A1 are my two sons, Frank and Zane, along with their dog, Ace. One fun feature left over from the fire department is the old Federal Q siren mounted on the front bumper.
I purchased this Willys from a man serving in the military and stationed in Hawaii. It still had a Hawaii title. He used it as his personal vehicle. When he returned to the mainland, he had it crated up and returned with him. It sat in a warehouse in Dyersburg, Tennessee for around 15 years. The warehouse had to be completely cleaned out and a friend of mine was employed to do the work. When he found this crate, he had no idea what was inside. When he removed the top and discovered what was inside, he gave me a call, knowing that I had wanted an old military jeep. sInce I was a teenager. I got in touch with the owner and purchased it from him. My sons and I stripped it completely down to the bare frame and started restoring it. Work began in October, 2005 and I finally finished up in May of 2008. I have kept a complete work log on it including what and when things were done. I also kept a log of all parts and materials purchased and replaced on it. I probably have 100 pictures of it taken during the time we were restoring it. Special thanks to Kaiser Willys for information and parts I needed.
- Larry Meador
Hey Mike you asked and I am willing to share!
Here are some pics of my 53 M38A1 that I restored myself in my backyard a year+ ago
Where it came from: My grandfather gave it to me because he never had time to start fixing all the problems it had just months before he passed.
How it went: I trailered it home since it would not go over 15mpg. I stripped it down to the frame and didn't originally plan to do a resto but more of a mod (V8 setup) and along the way decided I just couldn't do it that way. So I decided to keep things as original as possible. I rebuilt the original motor and trans. Painted it the original OD and my wife helped masking things off when it came time to paint the stars and lettering. I have done a few performance mods to get all I could out of that little hurricane engine. I installed Clifford Headers, milled the head, pertronix ignition and currently running a 12v system instead of 24v because some of the needed items were too expensive. But I did keep all that I had that was good for the future when one day I can hopefully go with a full 24v system. I have also more recently, since these pics, purchased a new spare tire and tube and found an original wheel on ebay. It is painted and mounted on the back and looks great!
Future items to purchase: NDCC tires, original wheels, data plate set, 24v wiring harness, horn switch setup, bumperettes and lift shackle setup....and maybe an O.D.
Enjoy the pics. I have many many many more pics. I just tried to pic out a few. I like the pic of super clean tranny case. It's amazing what it really looks like after removing 55yrs of dirt and grease. And the tub had quite a few mods to it too over the years but was in pretty good shape still. Fenders were not rusted out nor was the tub. Bottom side of the windshield was a little holey and the cowl battery box was completely missing. Thanks to the web friends I was able to rebuild one from sheet metal since there is not one available for this model jeep.
Lee in Louisiana
My name is Leon Wilmot and Live in Yuma Arizona.
This is my 1953 M38A1 military jeep, i purchased this about twenty years ago from a neighbor and have used this for desert exploration for years, I finally got around to fixing it up and it is now a military police jeep, I use it for parades and dedicate it in the local parades to our military Men and Women and let our employee's drive it in the parades who still serve both active and reserve duty as a way to recognize them for their service to this great country.
it is completely outfitted with the Military police gear and the GRC-9 radio that was used during that era.
It's all complete and original just as it came out of the military motor pool back in 1971. Freshened up with your parts, a re-paint, and an upholstery job. The wife learned how to drive in it and its our land tractor still today. What a fun ride. Everywhere you go it's like a parade, folks just have to wave.
I drive over from Lexington to pick up my parts from you guys.
PHOTO: M38A1home.......is a double photo of my 1955 M38A1 "Mae Belle" and I. Have owned his Jeep since 1972, restored it once then, and it needs it again after outdoor storage, and 14 years in a friends barn with a leaking roof! I get the parts I need from you. - My friend was the late Billy Morris, owner of RITE AUTO REPAIR in Taunton, MA. - Billy worked on and stored the Jeep for 14 years and returned it to me upon disovering that he had cancer. Billy was a Vietnam Vet, and his passing has been a difficult loss to many 'OLD CAR GUYS' in Southeastern Massachusetts....(For both the Jeepster and M38A1 it was common practice for me to give Billy my credit card, and tell him to CALL MIKE MEDITZ for whatever parts you need... I could trust both of you!) --- I do that now with Billy's long time friend Dennnis Costa, owner of Costa's Repair Center in Taunton.
My toy, used on all parades, M38A1 - 1953 Willys, shipped on a cargo plane to USA from Vietnam… Son retrieved the jeep from a barn, (dad died at 88 years old), fixed it up, and since he already owned a CJ-5, didn't need the second jeep. He likes faster jeeps, so sold this to me. I fell in love with it at first sight (it’s my favorite color)…and ordered extra parts from Kaiser: back seat bench, brake shoes, gas cap gasket (which is oversized to fit a large cap) wiper motor, etc. Thank you Kaiser… got her going. I used it on trails (especially narrow trails) and easier turn around, shorter axle. In my album is a pic of my favorite toy next to my toy, 97 classic harley davidson…This jeep, if it could talk, has a long line of history.
Kaiser Willys (Mike this is my 1953 M38A1 MD Jeep) all original except for some civilian updates that i have been changing back.
Like to 24 volts and got rid of the front C-J5 blinker lights for the correct blackouts.
All nos parts that i find go on her. she is real solid with no rust anywhere. I love this old jeep if i dig up more pictures i will send them along
Here are some photos of my 1964 US Marine Corps Kaiser-Willys M38A1. This is one of the last models of this particular jeep that the military purchased. After the original Army procurement contract expired, the Marine Corps placed a special order for an upgraded M38A1 with extra undercoating, positive traction on both axles, etc. This is one of the USMC contract vehicles that were made specifically for the Marines (1960-1967). I acquired it from a friend two years ago. The biggest problem with this jeep is that it sat outside in the South Carolina weather for 30+ years and was never cranked or driven. There’s a lot of rust in the floor panels, but overall the body, engine and drive train are in pretty good condition, and it only has 20,000 miles on it. It’s also completely original (except for the parts I’ve replaced), and it has never been civilianized or jury rigged—still has the original military waterproofed fuel and ignition system, and is only missing a few minor parts. I’ve been working on it and had hoped to get it cranked up without tearing into the engine, but the compression is low, one of the exhaust valves is stuck open and so far I haven’t had any luck getting it to start. I have done a few other repairs as money permits, but funds are tight at the moment so I’m just working on it when I can. I do have it under cover and out of the weather, so it won’t deteriorate any further.
My dad was in the Marines from 1948-1960. He was in the Korea War in 1950-1951 with the 1st Motor Transport Battalion, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade. He landed at Inchon, was in the liberation of Seoul, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, and fighting in south and central Korea. After returning home, he was a Marine Corps motor pool supply clerk at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune, and I’m sure he handled thousands of parts for these jeeps and drove many of them. He passed away in 1993, so I’m restoring this not only because I love military vehicles in general and jeeps in particular, but also as a tribute to my dad and his service. Semper Fi!
These pictures show what it looked like when I first brought it home. We were able to tow it on its own wheels the two miles from the house of my friend who owned it before me. The old 6-ply military tires still hold air!
1953 M38A1 Jeep - My jeep has been parked on our ranch for many years.When I got sick I had it pulled out of storage to give me something to do while I tried to get better. I put gas, cleaned the carb and new battery, now starts right up. Did a headgasket and other lil things, runs like new. Next is
to have someone help me paint "Ray's jeep"