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.
Cosmo poses for a picture, and Sweet Pea sneaks into the frame, too.
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.
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.
My steering wheel could use some repair:
My serial number dataplate behind the passenger seat appears to be stamped. Earlier plates that I’ve seen pictures of appear to be etched.
|Name||M38A1 1/4-Ton 4×4 Utility Truck|
|Maximum Height||73-3/4 in|
(over steering wheel)
|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|
|Weight w/o Crew||
|Passengers (including crew)||4|
|Tire Pressure||28 PSI|
|Size||7.00 x 16|
(Transfer: High Range)
(Transfer: Low Range)
|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|
|Turning Circle Diameter||
Where did you buy the roll bar kit, I have a 1954 m38A1
It came with the Jeep when I bought it. It’s just bolted to the body sheet metal, so it’s just cosmetic and would provide little to no roll over protection. Once of these days I’ll resume work on restoring this Jeep, and I plan to remove the useless fake roll bar.