1953 M38A1 For Sale

Frame off restoration/modernization several years ago, garage kept with minimal mileage since. The Jeep was rebuilt with the intent of keeping a mostly original military look, but with functional modernizations that make it easier and more reasonable to drive both on and off road. I purchased the Jeep from a man who's father was a Korean war veteran that dealt in military surplus Willys Jeeps and parts. He and his father did the original V6 engine conversion, painted it turquoise, put a steel hard top on it and used it as a daily driver for some time. Eventually he retired it to his garage with the intent of replacing the original rotting body tub with a nice one that his father had found. I bought the Jeep as a package that included the replacement body tub and a pile of other parts. The earliest and most extensive portion of my rebuild is documented here. There are other upgrades that are not listed on the "ownership diary" page, I will try and list them here.

On the whole the Jeep is a real pleasure to drive. The 231 V6 engine is the perfect size for this vehicle, and combined with the overdrive, upgraded steering, brakes, and suspension it rides and drives vastly better than the original equipment Jeep did. The correct military OD paint and period stenciling draw continual attention on the road or trail, and the modernization upgrades are unnoticeable by the casual novice observer.


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