I came on the site to ask a question and just figured since you all were jeep guys you may wanna see it.
My dad got it around when I was born. It was a mess back then but still got around and my dad enjoyed driving it around where we used to live.
When I was about 8 we moved and it baked and rusted in the Florida heat and humidity for a couple of years.
It started going downhill fast, it just sat. We didn't have the time or money to do anything with it so she just sat. I REALLY wish I had some before pictures. She was basically a Lime green rust bucket sitting on cinder blocks, no carb, air cleaner, Seats, Wind shield, tons of things.
My dad finally got a little more money and we decided she needed some TLC because it wouldn't be sticking around.
I would say it was right on the edge of no return. It is by no means a show car and wasn't a frame off. But we did what we could and it looks 1000x better.
Its hard to tell problems and issues with these pics but believe me I know all of them. Recently a leaf spring decided to go out so its resting on the rubber ATM and its got lockouts on the front because the front diff got water in it (don't ask because I don't know). The Gears rusted and started tearing up.
The M38 was made for only a few years. The first year,1950 was only a few months. In 1950 only a few thousand were made. By today with the way the government does away with cars and people turn them into rusting boggers, there are probably only a few hundred of them left. When coming back to America many men pushed the jeeps into the ocean to make room on the ships. It sad, but thats the way it was and it makes me even more proud that we brought these piece of history back to life.
In a year or two, after we move, we will do a frame off and she will be * Perfect*.
In 17 years the engine hasn't been rebuilt, she still start right up even on 6 month old fuel.
These pics were taken a while back, mid resto, as you can see I hadn't put the new tires on the Spare rim yet. Its ok though.