Willys M38 Jeep Information

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Willys M38 Jeep Information
The Willys M38 Jeep was a durable, all-terrain, no-frills utility vehicle. (backside of jeep image by goce risteski from Fotolia.com)

The Willys M38 or MC model was the first Jeep built after World War II. It was based on the civilian 1949 CJ-3A, (civilian Jeep) design with added heavy-duty frame and suspension features for rugged military use.

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History

The Willys MC Jeep, called the M38 Truck or War Wagon, was built from 1950 until 1952. It was a standardised version tactical rig that evolved from the iconic World War II MB Jeep model. The small, four-wheel drive utility transport vehicle was used extensively in the Korean War. Willys-Overland produced 61,423 M38 Jeeps.

Engine

The Willys M38 Jeep was powered by an upgraded version of the "Go-Devil" in-line four-cylinder, watercooled, side-valve or L-head gasoline engine. It produced 60 horsepower at 4,000rpm with a maximum torque rating of 105 foot-pounds at 2,000rpm.

Chassis

The flat-fendered Willys M39 could be fitted with an enclosed body panel cab called an Arctic Top, or could be outfitted with an enclosed canvas cab and doors or just a canvas roof. The Jeep had fold-down seats and a hinged windshield with bottom-mounted wipers. It had a 24-volt electrical system and a full-floating rear axle. It used a three-speed manual synchromesh transmission.

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