M-38 plucked from the weeds

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Ryan_M
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M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by Ryan_M » Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:11 am

I picked up a '52 M38 yesterday. DoD 4/52. Appears to be converted to 12v, most of the fording stuff is gone. Motor turns freely but no spark so I'm pushing it around for now. Lots of rust but should clean up OK. Water pump boss number is "MC84560" so pretty good chance it's the original motor? Can anyone tell me if the head is correct? Were they non-ribbed like that? I have a CJ3A that I've spent the last two years rebuilding but I have a lot to learn about M38's. Any observations/input would be welcomed.


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Re: M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by DieFledermaus » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:07 pm

Nice jeep! The head looks like an MB head. The M38 heads have raised ribs. I can send you a picture and have a contact that will sell you an NOS one if you want.
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Re: M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by m-38nut » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:51 pm

Nice looking M-38 !

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Re: M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by Ryan_M » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:25 am

DieFledermaus wrote:Nice jeep! The head looks like an MB head. The M38 heads have raised ribs. I can send you a picture and have a contact that will sell you an NOS one if you want.
-Mike

Thanks for the offer but the head is the least of my worries at this point. Just trying to get the brakes replaced and somewhat safely drive-able. I'll need to take it slow through the turns as I'm not sure what's keeping the body attached to the frame aside from some rust cakes.

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Re: M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by NRA life member » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:21 pm

Looks pretty good to me, good luck with it.
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Re: M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by Ben Dover » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:36 am

That particular Jeep was one of several used by the grounds crew by the University of Maine 40 years ago. It probably had a Fisher Snow Plow on it at one time. The operators were rough on the M-38's and the had a lot of down time. The enclosure was purchased surplus and added later. The Jeep was sold to a U of M instructor somewhere around the 80's who contracted a local roofing company to rebuild the rusted original body from the cowl back (note the door and wheel cutouts), There was a dispute over the cost and workmanship, the owner got it for less and still was not satisfied.

There may still be another one in the weeds somewhere on College Ave.
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Re: M-38 plucked from the weeds

Post by David McElreath » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:57 pm

What a great find, Congrads!!!!!!

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