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Thread: New to the Jeep world. 1950 Willy's M38 Revival.

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    New to the Jeep world. 1950 Willy's M38 Revival.

    Hi all,
    If you are reading this you are obviously enthusiastic about the world of historical Jeeps and for that, I thank you! I have never driven anything that saw time before the 90s or didn't have fuel injection so bear with me. I am inheriting a 1950 Willy's M38 from my grandfather and I'm hoping I can utilize this forum and its people to help me with my rebuild project. Actually it's not much of a rebuild project since it has been sitting in a barn for probably 30+ years and is in great shape. I live on the outskirts of the snow belt in Ohio so I wont be able to pick up the truck until spring but i would like to be prepared and learn as much as i can about the vehicle mechanics and systems. So my first question... What needs replaced after sitting for 3 or 4 decades?
    My first thoughts to get it running:
    Fuel tank
    Sending unit and pick up unit hardware
    Fuel Filter
    Fuel lines
    Fuel filter
    And then cleaning up the carburetor

    For driving:
    Upper and Lower radiator hoses
    Water Pump
    Fan Belt
    Brake lines
    Exhaust system

    I would love for some input as I am doing my best to learn. Looking forward to some feedback!


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    There is a good chance that some of the seals in the axles, transmission, transfer case, or engine may leak. They tend to dry out after sitting that long.

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