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Quest for a short wheelbase Jeep
Ok I posted some time ago about an M38A1. I have opted not to purchase that as the project because, engine was froze, had major rust, Brakes clutch and other components were bad/missing, Didn't know if the rest of the drive-train was good and they wanted to much for it. I may try to talk them down more as a parts Jeep but we shall see.
I have looked at several older Jeeps and I am close to getting a 1975 CJ5: F4, D30/D44, T-90, twin stick T-18 and runs good, drive-train is solid and works great, but it needs a lot of body work. They want to sell it for 1,200 but I'm trying to get it for around 800-900. Then I'd probably try to get the M38A1 as a parts Jeep because the good body parts (windshield frame, tailgate, spare tire carrier, parts cargo floor) on it will be needed for the 5.
I have put that on hold for a bit though, because yesterday I found an excellent Jeep. My Pops spotted an early Jeep in a carport at a house way west of town here. I found it yesterday and met the people who own it. Very nice elderly couple who have had it since the early 60's. The Jeep is a 1952 M38 and is in very good shape, very little rust, good top, 2 sets of wheels/tires (Originals are there) original drive-train save for a late 50s - early60's Chevy 283 V8 that has been swapped in and the OD that was installed shortly after they got it. Now I really would rather have the original engine, but I'm not complaining about the engine it has [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img].
After talking to them they may sell it to me, but they don't know what to ask for it. What is a Jeep like that worth? I don't want to spend a fortune on my toy Jeep, but I'd rather sink a little more into this one initially than spending a lot fixing up the other one. Plus who can deny that the flatties are cool and this one being an M38 makes it rare.
I've found a lot of cool older Jeeps lately, 2As, a 3B, M38,M38A1, Early 5's including a Tuxedo Park with the Dauntless V6, but this M38 is without a doubt my favorite and best one yet [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Its like the old story goes though, whats it worth?