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1950-1952 M38 General Specs

M38 Field Guide, Kaiser Willys Catalog - Request Catalog Copy or Download

Technical Specifications - Willys 50-52 WILLYS M38

Willys M38 Jeep

Length: 133” (3,38 m.) 
Width: 62“ (157,48 cm.) 
Height: (Top Up): 74” (187,96 cm.) 
Tire Size: 7.00-16
Fuel Capacity: 13 Gal.

Electrical: 24 Volt
Transmission: 3 speed T-90
Transfer Case: 2 Speed Dana 18
Front Axle: Dana 25
Rear Axle: Dana 44
Wheelbase: 80” (203 cm.)
Other: 1-Piece Windshield, 24 Volt Waterproof Electrical
Engine: 4-134 L Head Motor (463) (All Years)

Serial Number Location(s):
Inside engine compartment on the upper passengers (right) side firewall. On a tag behind the bumper riveted to the left frame horn.
Engine Number Location:
Stamped on a outcropping (boss) on the right front of the engine block behind the water pump.

Vehicle Identification - Willys 50-52 WILLYS M38

Main Identifying Characteristics:

One-piece windshield, Vacuum-style bottom mounted windshield wipers, flat fenders, pioneer tool (axe & shovel) identations on the passengers side, waterproof 24 Volt electrical system, protruding headlights with guard wires, black out lights, larger 4 1/2" fuel filter on drivers side, hinged grille, tailgate, rear-mounted spare tire, glove boxes, snorkel system, bumperettes.

Model Differences by Year:

The M38 is based on the civilian CJ-3A with improved characteristics such as a waterproof electrical system, blackout lights, and a larger fuel filler for quicker refueling during combat.

Willys M38 Illustration