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Thread: Hello, I am new to the forum and the new owner of a 1962 M38A1.

  1. #31
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    Hello,
    Thank you for the great info. I had no idea about the heat shield. I will look to replace it, as it is no longer there.
    I am going to buy a new one, it looks like it wasn't replaced when they did the last brake work. The top on the cylinder has the standard large square "nut", but it has a large bolt sticking out of the top as well.

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    The pipe plug with the center threaded is an original part. The threaded hole is for the fording kit, and a brass fitting goes in it to vent up into the air cleaner assembly. Usually the tube is corroded and breaks off after time, so the fitting was removed and the bolt was installed to plug the hole. The later civilian plugs were vented via a brass filter within the plug, which wouldn't work out too well while swimming.

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    Well,

    I have oil in the engine, a new fuel pump, Master Cylinder, and carburetor. Bled the brakes and they are working great. I put fuel in the tank. I need to get 2 batteries and do a compression check. Then try to start it. Also new antifreeze.

    I am searching for three M38A1 wheels if anyone knows of any.

    Monday, 021020, I got 2 batteries, installed, tried to start it. No Go. It won't turn over. I have power to the starter switch on the starter, but no go.
    Last edited by AZTROOPER; 02-10-2020 at 09:50 PM.

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    Ok. I did a bench test of the starter. I just wasn't pushing the plunger all the way in. I re-installed it and its spinning now.

    I tried to start it, but I realized I need to prime the new fuel pump.

    Hearing the motor turn over slowly in the way they do, brought me right back to my Army days in the M151.

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    Oh just wait till it fires! Its like stepping back in time. The nostalgia factor on these old Jeeps, especially the military ones, is fantastic. Tooling along at 48 MPH with the wind truly in your face, side, back and feet, is a riot!

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