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    I am looking to scratch the itch for a Willys jeep that I have had for years. I first thought a CJ-2A was about the only option b/c that is all I had ever known. My research led me to the CJ-3A option and then to the M38 that I think is the one.

    1. Is there enough diffenence to matter?
    2. Is the M38 more valueable than the civvy 3A?
    3. What is the going rate for a running/driving M38?
    4. Why is the M38A1 so much more popular in this forum?

    Any input is appreciated.

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    Have you searched threads on these questions and looked at the TM's for the differences?
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    Flat fender jeeps were my first automotive obsession. Been a while, so forgive me I'm wrong about something: The Willys MB to M38 A 1, and the civilian CJ 2 and 3A & 3B are going to be a similar driving experience, In fact you can add the Kaiser CJ 5 up to 1969 to the list. All had 134 cubic inch long stroked 4 cyl engines. 1946 and newer had timing gears. All but the MB (&GPW, The rare Ford made MB) had a T-90 tranny and similar running gear ect. WW 2 jeeps had a t-84 transmission that shift a little nicer but are less durable. There were gear ratio changes, I believe down after 1945. The CJ 3B, a tall hooded flat fender, and the curved hooded M 38A1 and CJ5s had a F head engine, same block as later flat heads, but with overhead intake valves and intake manifold in head. The F Heads had somewhat better performance. Military versions are always worth more. 'Going rate' is going to vary a lot, like any vehicle, from farm drivers, to carefully restored specimens. I just got into an old jeep (the GPW I posted about yesterday) for the first time in 20 some years. I forgot how tight a fit they are behind the wheel if you're over 6 ft. Guess I did not mind when I was younger.

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    One thing is the M38A1's came off the same assembly line as the postal Jeep so parts can be a bit easier to find

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    Quote Originally Posted by puppy View Post
    I am looking to scratch the itch for a Willys jeep that I have had for years. I first thought a CJ-2A was about the only option b/c that is all I had ever known. My research led me to the CJ-3A option and then to the M38 that I think is the one.

    1. Is there enough diffenence to matter?
    2. Is the M38 more valueable than the civvy 3A?
    3. What is the going rate for a running/driving M38?
    4. Why is the M38A1 so much more popular in this forum?

    Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks,
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    1. I guess it depends-are you hung up on having a military Jeep, or just a certain look or appearance? I am more of an MV guy than a Jeep guy, so I'd want an M38 or an M38A1.
    2. I don't know. I don't follow the civvy units enough to have an idea.
    3. I've seen some real atrocious disasters that still managed to propel themselves around the block for a grand or so. I'd say for something that isn't a total POS, has a majority of it's original stuff and run, you can figure $3Kish, give or take.
    4. I don't know that its more popular, but it is more common. I think it's an age/production #s issue but I could be wrong.
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