1945 Willy's M38 Jeep Restored MC, CJ2A Military Jeep 1952
Price: - Item location: Oracle, Arizona, United States
- Make: Willys
- Model: MC
- SubModel: M38
- Type: Jeep
- Trim: M38
- Year: 1945
- Mileage: 12,440
- VIN: MC62190
- Color: Green
- Engine size: 4 cyl
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: 4WD
- Interior color: Green
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1945 Willys MC M38I don't know much about these Jeeps. I recently acquired this Military vintage Jeep from the previous owner who obviously put a lot of effort in restoring this vehicle both mechanically and body. A few after market refinements were put in place including: electric fuel pump, alternator, turn signals, back-up lights, gauges, exhaust. Looks like the entire drive train has been gone through. It starts and drives great, 4WD works, brakes well, solid steering, good clutch etc. Looks to have a full floating rear axle, front locking hubs, wheels and tires in great shape. I am not sure what model this is. It has a split front windshield which I think was used on 40's vintage Jeeps but the body has a dash plate with 4/52 as delivery date manufactured by Willys Overland, Toledeo, Ohio. The Title has the date of 05/1945 as "date first registered", so I have used the Title date for the year. Perhaps it is a combination of various vintage components. I have found no rust. The body is sound, paint job looks like it was done crudely though. The frame and undercarriage is clean, solid and either powder coated or newly painted. Again, no rust on the underside. It has a clear title, current license/registration and roadworthy.
I've noticed a few things it could use:
The parking brake is not attached. The part is with the truck but not installed/ functioning.
The apparently aftermarket electric windshield wiper is not working.
When I got his last September it was not leaking anything. Recently it is dripping motor oil at the oil pan/bell housing. I suspect the rear main seal is not doing its job, apparently a common problem with these jeeps.
I've only driven this jeep about 50 miles since I got it 3 months ago. I don't know much about these vehicles and I only know basic mechanics so I'm not much help to answer technical questions or to provide a history of repairs. I bought it on a whim from a guy who had to get money together for a medical procedure and because I thought it was cool. And while it is fun, I soon realized how impracticable it is for me. I am in more need of a daily driving type car and I don't have the garage space to store it and only drive on holidays. I think that perhaps the rear main seal failed because I wasn't driving it enough. Hopefully the pictures represent it well. Basically I have it priced for what I paid for it. Will be happy to facilitate arrangements to have it shipped.