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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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.
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.
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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