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    Gizzard's M38A1 Restoration

    Here we go!

    The specimen as I found it in the wild. Ugly as hell but it spoke to me.

    Engine runs on a couple cylinders, and was able to crawl up on the trailer. But It had potential....came from a ranch in dry west Texas so rust was minimal.
    Data plates taking a dirt nap somewhere.......Did however find engine MB number and a couple serial numbers stamped on the top of drivers side front rail just aft of the front bumper.
    No idea for sure what year it was produced.....someone looked at the engine number and thinks its 55

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    Got it home and went to work removing all the unauthorized junk. Had goofy parts hung all over it. Bubba was a busy boy.

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    Ready to pull engine and trans assbly, and start cutting the suspension off
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    More progress, frame ready for blasting.

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    Getting engine block, crank and head ready for machine shop

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    Damn Gizzard;
    You didn’t waste any time getting her stripped down to the bare essentials!!!
    Looks like your for sure heading in the right direction.

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    As the resident patina guy, I don't see any ugly in your pictures. You are doing a great job on your teardown, and are definitely keeping this organized.

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    Flying through it Gizzard! Looking good man. It appears to be all there. I expect this to be a nice one!

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    Unsure what windshield was stuck on it, but I dont think its original.....what yall think?


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    Uncovered these:

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    Frame

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    Engine


    I've tried looking thru the data on various sites for clues to identify the year model etc, but no dice.
    Last edited by Gizzard; 06-09-2021 at 07:02 AM.

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    Starting on the M38A1

    [QUOTE=Gizzard;16966]Did however find engine MB number and a couple serial numbers stamped on the top of drivers side front rail just aft of the front bumper. No idea for sure what year it was produced.....someone looked at the engine number and thinks its 55"

    Engine numbers are not all that reliable since the F-134 can be swapped around between just about anything after '51 - and retrofit into '48's. The frame numbers are one of the best bets to figure out just when it was built. Your DMV may take those as a VIN when you get that far.

    And, Bubba and Junior can do a lot of things when they get a hot stick or gas wrench in their hands under the shade tree.....

    Has it been 12-volted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarrBeard View Post
    Has it been 12-volted?
    Yes, they 12 volted rigged it, and its all thrown in the trash bucket. Gonna be fun hunting a complete 24 volt system for it

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