New M38A1 Project

NE-Okla.shooter

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Howdy!

Just took ownership of a M38A1, from my father. He used it on his place for a runabout field Jeep.

Initial plans are to restore it (hobby not show quality) with my 2 boys (ages 7&9). Thinking parade and cruising with some trips to the mountains vs. 100% authentic.

I've been cruising Kisser Wiley's and YouTube for inspiration. Will post pictures if I remember to take them.

C.
 

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Very nice... I had a neighbor that lived behind my mom and dad's house out off Albemarle Road here in Charlotte. That kid was about 4 years younger than I was - and his dad and grandpa had a jeep similar to yours. I spent a lot of summers riding hundreds of acres of pasture and woods. We changed oil, we did a lot of small fixes and we even tried a paintbrush paint job. That turned out pretty crummy - but we did a lot of prep work - and our base made a decent primer. Kept us out of trouble for weeks :cool: Years of adventure as we grew up and went off to school...

Your boys are going to remember that for the rest of their lives...
Especially when you are hanging out in the right seat while they learn how to drive it little by little.

Congratulations!
 

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Sweet Jeep! Random observations, you have a M38A1C recoilless rifle windshield on it, but no tailgate, so you do have a M38A1. Had radios as evidenced by the 4 square bolt pattern on the left rear quarter panel. Great wheels for boonie bashing. Good luck with it, doesn't look like it needs a ground up restoration since your dad took such good care of it.
 

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Very light demand for the "C" windshield. I would be tempted to buy a repro bare frame and swap over the hinges, wipers, hardware etc. Have your local glass shop install a single piece safety glass rather than fool with the ancient two piece glass rubber and twin glass panes.
 

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Sweet Jeep! Random observations, you have a M38A1C recoilless rifle windshield on it, but no tailgate, so you do have a M38A1.
A little perplexed by your comment NDT, no tailgate would make a C. Now in my case, a tailgate was fabbed in by a PO, so it could stand to reason it was added later to keep random bits from falling out the rear lol.
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Either way, nice looking rig Shooter! Welcome aboard and have fun with it.
 

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A little perplexed by your comment NDT, no tailgate would make a C. Now in my case, a tailgate was fabbed in by a PO, so it could stand to reason it was added later to keep random bits from falling out the rear lol.
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Either way, nice looking rig Shooter! Welcome aboard and have fun with it.
OK what I meant was " A M38A1C would have had the rear panel cut out as if the Jeep had a tailgate, and your Jeep has the factory fixed rear panel"
 

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OK what I meant was " A M38A1C would have had the rear panel cut out as if the Jeep had a tailgate, and your Jeep has the factory fixed rear panel"
Alrighty, now we're cookin with gas! I smell what you're steppin in! I get what you're laying down! I can't think of anymore lol

I didn't want to assume, so that's why I commented.
 

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You have a lot to work with there Shooter. You and your boys are going to have a lot of good times working on and driving that 38. Welcome to the site… Please keep us posted on you journey.
 

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Had some time yesterday to pull it out and document some more. Looks like engine was rebuilt in '67 according to the plate.PXL_20211023_203449734.jpg
And I knew I was going to need replace fuel tank, but didn't remember the tub pan being in such terrible condition.PXL_20211023_204733864.jpg
Lastly the wiring is completely shot, more to follow.
 

NE-Okla.shooter

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Didn't mention on my introductory post, but this will be my first resto project handled by myself. Assisted on a few as a kid and teenager (but that was 30+ years ago,).

Going to start the project documentation (binder) this week and start tallying up the systems and pieces to be addressed. Any guidance or thoughts for helping would be awesome.

Appreciate the support, wish us luck!

C.
 

NE-Okla.shooter

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I got this pan almost finished up today! View attachment 848821This was what I started with a week-ish ago.View attachment 848822
How bad off is your tank?
Don't know yet, thinking I may try electrolysis to remove the rust and see. I have a ultrasonic thickness gage that I can measure the through thickness from the outside. But am also contemplating an aftermarket fuel cell and building my own custom support in the pan area.
 
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