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    Default M38A1 body numbers?

    I have a Willys jeep body number MD74786, how do I find out date of manufacture and what the hood numbers might have been?
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    I have a M38A1 Willys jeep, body number MD74786. How do I find out date of manufacture and what the hood numbers might have been.

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    Google it, prolly about a 1954

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    Hey Cannoneer,

    My MD74431 is dated 7/54 and my MD75910 is dated 9/54. Unfortunately, the govm't destroyed the records when they were surplussed. Wes, at Willy's Military Jeeps is keeping records of members #'s, and can give you a general number range.
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    How high did the numbers go?

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    Which ones, serial or hood? I'm not real sure about either, as I haven't really gotten into much of the history part yet - I'm still just restoring right now. I think they went up to 1964 production year, but I think those were USMC
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfreeman View Post
    Hey Cannoneer,

    My MD74431 is dated 7/54 and my MD75910 is dated 9/54. Unfortunately, the govm't destroyed the records when they were surplussed. Wes, at Willy's Military Jeeps is keeping records of members #'s, and can give you a general number range.
    Thanks for all your help!

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    Hey Cannoneer,

    I was just doing some research on the willysmjeeps database and came up with a possible hood number for you. The acceptable method, if you don't have your real number, its to use the prefix for the time period plus your serial number. The prefix would be 2010 for late Dec. '53 through at least June '54 (the database has few 1954 hood numbers listed). It was 209 on earlier '53 models. The 20 stands for scout car. In '55 they changed it to a different system, starting with 2A----.

    So, your hood number would be 201074786 - mine will be 201074431. This was something I've been meaning to research, as it will soon be time to order stencils for mine.
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    Default thanks Wilfreeman, Sgt.

    Thanks again for all your help, this will be a great addition to my restoration project.

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    No problem

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