Tall guy in M 38 A 1

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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by w30bob » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:26 am

Hi Guys,

Well......my 55 A1, which is my first military jeep (or any kind of jeep) arrived last night and I got to drive one for the first time. I'm 6'1" and 185 lbs. I felt like I was driving from inside an ATM machine! You guys actually drive these things for more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time? My hat's off to you. First order of business, once I get it to stop puking lubes all over my nice clean driveway, is to move that seat back. I've read it's pretty impossible.......but it's going back. I haven't dug into this in detail, but I think I can move the sheetmetal seat back from the front of the frame to the back of the frame and pick up an inch or two to start. I'll pull the cover off later. I won't destroy my original seat frame, I'll pick up a junker or an Omix at one of the meets in a few weeks. I also have to re-route the fuel sender wire, as right now it catches my foot entering and exiting. Other than that it's a "cozy" driving position for sure.

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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by Jeeps4Brains » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:46 am

Awh... come on! I am 6'1" and 220lbs and it is cozy but perfectly fine to drive. You learn to step in first with your right leg and slide behind the steering wheel.

You should sit in and drive a M38 or MB. Then you will think the M38A1 has lots of room. :lol:

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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:23 am

A lot of us fit Jeeps way back when during the days of the "lean mean fighting machine". :wink:
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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:40 pm

Driver and Asistant Driver used to swap seats when they got tired while driving.
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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by w30bob » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:09 am

I know, I know.......I'm a pussy. :roll:

I didn't say it was impossible to drive, just not optimal. I sure won't fall asleep driving it, I can guarantee that. Looking at it a bit more I can see how I can move the seat back a few inches. Offset adapter plates for the right side seat frame mounts and on the left I'll have to modify the seat bottom frame and put a small dog-leg in the seat back tube on the left side......but it can be done. Now installing that reclining mechanism........................... :mrgreen:

Hey........on the positive side I'll never complain about the driving position of my M37 again, now that's comfort!!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by Ben Dover » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:30 am

I've never had M-38/M-38A1 kits that sucked as I have been lucky to have bought a stock of OEM Carters made thru the 80's. I did loan out several of M-38 and M-38A1 OEM Carters to use as patterns for the quality kits now being marketed.
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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by dpcd67 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:57 pm

Just chop out the wheelhouse and put a real seat in there; M38A1s are common enough so a little modification won't matter.
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Re: Tall guy in M 38 A 1

Post by w30bob » Sat May 13, 2017 6:56 pm

Ouch! Someone in 20 years is gonna be pissed you suggested that. :x

I bought another seat frame a few weeks ago and this weekend I picked a used bottom half of the driver's seat frame to play with. A small dog bone in the left side upper frame and moving the sheetmetal backing to the rear should do the trick. I was also looking at how roomy the M151's are this weekend.

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