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Unread 08-01-2009, 11:51 PM   #1
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The 1950 M38

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.










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Unread 08-01-2009, 11:59 PM   #2
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Does the AC work? Just Kidding,nice jeep...It is nice to see someone bring a piece of history back to life.
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:11 AM   #3
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Does the AC work? Just Kidding,nice jeep...It is nice to see someone bring a piece of history back to life.
Lol its funny because you would think it is pretty cool riding down the road with it totally open like that right??

Well yeah for a while. The thing is its just metal for a firewall, no insulation. Anyone who knows a flathead knows what I am talking about. THEY GET HOT.

Its weird because you are getting a mix of cool air all around you but your legs get hot if you ride around and run it really hard for a while.
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:25 AM   #4
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damn you actually wheel it? that's sick
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:34 AM   #5
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damn you actually wheel it? that's sick
I guess we don't see eye to eye when we use the term "wheelin". Very nice jeep tho.
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I guess we don't see eye to eye when we use the term "wheelin". Very nice jeep tho.
I think nething off road is wheeling haha considering i still do logging and fire roads
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:35 AM   #7
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I think nething off road is wheeling haha considering i still do logging and fire roads
I know I was just pokin at ya.
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:37 AM   #8
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I think nething off road is wheeling haha considering i still do logging and fire roads
You gotta love Steel bumpers. There were some trees in the to get back to that spot and I just knocked them over
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:43 AM   #9
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damn you actually wheel it? that's sick
Agh I don't really go offroadin in the traditional sense, she gets around and gets driven plenty though.
I hate seeing anything vintage with 200 miles on it. Thats BS. Enjoy them, they want to do what they were made for not sit in the garage.

Stupid trailer queens and old people...

When I move I am hoping to get a cJ7 or something along those lines. Go offroadin in the Geoergia mountains
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:53 AM   #10
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Agh I don't really go offroadin in the traditional sense, she gets around and gets driven plenty though.
I hate seeing anything vintage with 200 miles on it. Thats BS. Enjoy them, they want to do what they were made for not sit in the garage.

Stupid trailer queens and old people...

When I move I am hoping to get a cJ7 or something along those lines. Go offroadin in the Geoergia mountains
I agree with that 100%. Oh and let me know when you do come up to the GA mountains and I'll show you around.
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Unread 08-02-2009, 12:59 AM   #11
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I agree with that 100%. Oh and let me know when you do come up to the GA mountains and I'll show you around.
Lol no way, where in GA do you live?
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Unread 08-02-2009, 01:02 AM   #12
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I'm about 20mins from Dalton and the same from Cartersville, so in short N. GA.
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Unread 08-02-2009, 01:11 AM   #13
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I'm about 20mins from Dalton and the same from Cartersville, so in short N. GA.
Ha, no kidding huh. I will be moving back to where I used to live fairly soon. Marrietta.
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Unread 08-02-2009, 01:17 AM   #14
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Marietta isn't too far. About 30 mins from my front door. When you moving back up?
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Unread 08-02-2009, 01:29 AM   #15
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Marietta isn't too far. About 30 mins from my front door. When you moving back up?
Trying to move up within the next month or so. Right now we are trying to find a car to haul the Dogs in. I actually got lead to this site because I was asking about the reliability of the 4.0 and whether or not 3 great danes will fit in the back of a ZJ with the seats folded down.

I got a lady who isn't using hers and wants 750 for it. Its got 132k miles on it, the engine only has 50k miles on it. The drivers door doesn't lock, it needs new brakes, the interior needs "cleaning" and the tires are getting a little old.

I need to go into town and look at it because I am concerned with rust and what "needs to be cleaned" means.

If its in halfway decent shape and doesn't NEED tires I might be getting a jeep for 750 XD.
I really want a cj7 but if we end up buying it and not finding a tahoe or Bronco or somethin then I will probably build it up and take it offroad.
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