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maswov 06-15-2013 02:31 AM

Long wheel base models
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I bought a jeep a few months ago in Thailand and I am trying to figure out what I have. It is registered as a 64 Willys but it does not look like a 64. There were some US military bases here so I figured that it was left behind and was first registered by a local Thai in 1964.
The front end and interior appear to be 50-52 M38 and the data plate confirms this being manufactured in January 1952 you can zoom in and see it clearly.
Looking from the doors back it can be seen that this has a long wheel base. The only (older) long wheelbase I could find was the M170 starting in 1953. The data plate is hard to read but I am sure it says 80 for the length of the wheelbase so I was thinking this is probably 2 separate jeeps put together. The M170 has a lip where the doors would sit when closed but mine does not have this lip. Also it looks like the interior would be part of the body and not the front end.
Another thing is at about the middle of the doors the the body angles inwards as does the M38 but unlike the M170. I thought maybe the body itself is indeed a 52 M38 but put on the frame of an M170 or anything else for that matter with a longer wheelbase and that it was stretched but I don't see any welds where a section would have been added.
Were there any other long wheelbase models this could be? Here are a few pics if any one has any ideas. Thanks!

LeePrather 06-15-2013 04:14 AM

It's a Honda...(lol)

Very interesting vehicle...

maswov 06-15-2013 04:32 AM

555 yes, A Honda with a Nissan diesel, and toyota power steering and power brakes. I just need to figure out where the axles came from so I can put some lower gears.

weehce 06-15-2013 07:41 AM

Maybe from India??? Mahindria (spelling?) maybe??? Anyone??

jeepwhore 06-15-2013 08:43 AM

If you can get pictures of the differential covers, steering knuckles etc. maybe someone can help with id'ing the axles.

maswov 06-15-2013 07:56 PM

I don't think it was built in India, the dash was cut with a torch to convert it to RHD. The original steering column access is covered by a piece of sheet metal with the data plates on it.

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