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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-25-2001, 10:44 PM
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Info on a 1954 Jeep M38A1

I know where a running, working, driveable, dependable '54 M38A1 sits for $800 w/ a rebuit tranny & engine. I know it is missing the snorkel and i see the spot in the hood and fender where it fits through. I think he said it is missing the waterproof distributor or something because he had to change it over to 12? or maybe not, i forget. Whee can i get a snorkel and if I can get the distributor or if it has it then it will be completely submersible? What all does the 140 HAVE to have to be submersible? I just want to buy it, put a 3" r 4" suspension lift and a 3" body lift and run 34x9x16 TSL's. Think this wil be a good combo? This Jeep has all metal seats in the front and I cannot remember if it even has a rear seat. How do these snorkels work? So if the engine is submersible and all when I hit water and it comes inside the jeep my electronics will not short out?

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There shouldn't be any computer to short out [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Man I sure would like to have one of these for 800..You could make your own snorkle..Im sure somebody somewhere sells them.Im pretty sure the electronics(what little there is) are already sealed off.You seem very intersted in taking this thing under water.Just remember...unless you have a hard top you are going to have water up to your neck..nasty muddy water

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There is a fording kit for the M38A1. It includes the snorkle, extended exhaust pipe and plugs for the tranny/t-case vents. Everything else should be water tolerant. I had a M38A1 that a friend sank in a pond one spring (thin ice). When we towed it out, water had gotten past the seals in the front end (knuckles & center), tranny, t-case, and rear diff. Remember the seals are 40+ years old so drain everything after you have had them under water!

By the way, I saw a picture of a civilianized M38A1 driving in Sweden submerged up to the windshield during a trail ride in a mag a few years ago. I hoped he was wearing a wet suit!

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It doesn't take a whole lot to make a Jeep submersible. Once I'd gotten the computer out of the system and made a snorkel, all the rest took was some vacuum hoses to raise the vents and silicon adhesive to seal the distributor and wires. Some of my clothes to have a muddy-water-line across the chest though...

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Will a CJ lift kit fit my '54 M38A1? I think the year range is 53-75 Model CJ 4" lift kit? Oh and about back seats, did they come with one? I have all metal front seats.

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