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    Super Moderator LarrBeard's Avatar
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    They're really not too hard to find, just bring money...

    Like everything Jeep!

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    The Windshield is from a later CJ5 or so, judging from the amount of rake it has. The mirrors probably came from the same donor from the looks of them. The original windshield would have been a two piece glass design, with a rubber seal between the two panes.

    As far as the serial number, the engine is at least correct for the model designation of the prefix MD. All M38A1s were MD Willys model MD, while the M38 was an MC, and the WWII Jeep was a MB.

    https://www.jeeptech.com/models/m38a1.htm

    http://www.m38a1.com/Registry/registry.htm
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    gm is the man!

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    Thanks for the replies.


    Here's a closer look at the tub. planning to replace floor pans, tank well, and maybe bed floor. Outer body parts are ok with a few whiskey dents with bondo, but not too bad.

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    Bondo monster got a loose on the tailgate area.....1/4" in a couple places. Seems they were attempting to smooth it out for a camo vinyl wrap that was covering the body at one time.

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    BTW, could this be real? Lotsa miles at 40 mph

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    That yellow could become interesting. So glad you brung us a feast for summer!

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    The tub doesn't look too bad at all. The Jeep pictured above was a lot worst wear when it was brought in. The pictures bellow were from the starting point.
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    The tub looks pretty good considering. I would say absolutely that speedo could be correct. Mine was still functioning.

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    MB, MC and MD; I didn't know that - until now ...

    I had a strong suspicion that the engine was an M38-series engine from the fording valve just above the fuel pump (not a civilian F-134...).

    If the yellow paint is the bottom (or next to bottom) coat, it could have been a flight line vehicle at some time in its' life.
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    M38A1 Tub

    Gizzard:

    We were passing this around last week in PM messages. I found these in the old International Harvester complex here in Ft. Wayne. Your tub isn't in all that bad shape. Just get a good spot weld cutter. Ira once said; "If I say I'm going to cut out another brace, just take me out and shoot me". We believe welders got paid piece work for each spot weld.
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