May 252006
 

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I bought this 1964 USMC Jeep right after I sold my M561 Gama Goat. This is my first military Jeep, and I think it will fix up nicely. It has a coat of what looks like Forest Service green over the original USMC semi-gloss paint. While it has some civilian modifications like a roll bar (not that it would help too much in a roll-over, as it’s bolted to the body, not the frame), it’s not too badly hacked up.

Pictures

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These are the “wrong” tires and wheels that came with the Jeep. I plan to put properly-sized tires (though they might not be military NDCC tires) on the truck eventually, and then probably sell off these big wheels.

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Cosmo poses for a picture, and Sweet Pea sneaks into the frame, too.

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These three wheels were also provided with the truck. If they’re the right kind, then I’ll just need two more to put proper wheels on it.

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Here are my new reproduction parking brake parts from Midwest Military. The lower lever and stop plate are in the white, so I’m sandblasting, priming and painting them before installation.

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My steering wheel could use some repair:

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My serial number dataplate behind the passenger seat appears to be stamped. Earlier plates that I’ve seen pictures of appear to be etched.

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Specifications

 


 

General Specifications

 

Name M38A1 1/4-Ton 4×4 Utility Truck
Manufacturer Kaiser-Jeep
Year 1964
Maximum Height 73-3/4 in
Minimum Height
(over steering wheel)
56-1/2 in
Length 138-5/8 in
Width 60-7/8 in
Electrical System 24 Volt
Number of Batteries 2
Minimum Ground Clearance 9-5/16 in
Loading Height (empty) 28 in
Towing Pintle Height 21-1/2 in
Tread (Front) 49-1/8 in
Tread (Rear) 49-3/16 in
Wheelbase 81 in
Payload
Cross-country: 800 lbs
Highway: 1,200 lbs
Weight w/o Crew
Empty: 2,665 lbs
Cross-country: 3,465 lbs
Highway: 3,865 lbs
Passengers (including crew) 4
Tire Pressure 28 PSI
Size 7.00 x 16

 


 

Performance

Allowable Speed
(Transfer: High Range)
Gear Speed
1st 24 mph
2nd 40 mph
3rd 60 mph
rev 16 mph
Allowable Speed
(Transfer: Low Range)
Gear Speed
1st 9 mph
2nd 16 mph
3rd 24 mph
rev 6 mph
Approach Angle 46 deg
Departure Angle 34 deg
Cruising Range (loaded) 280 mi
Cruising Speed 55 mph
Engine Horsepower 72 bhp at 4,000 RPM
Fording Depth 37-1/2 in
Towed Load
Cross-country: 1,500 lbs
Highway: 2,000 lbs
Turning Circle Diameter
Left: 38 ft
Right: 38 ft 8 in

 

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