Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by Kendall » Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:51 pm

At least in Kansas the VIN used on titles is the serial number stamped on the engine behind the water pump. The number on the plates is of no concern to the state authorities.
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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by d0n » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:17 am

Thanks for all the info guys. The auction priced ended up at $7100. :cry: I can't sell it for that amount so I'm going to put a hard top on it and drive it for a while. :idea: :P

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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by NAVSNIPE » Wed Jun 19, 2024 7:22 pm

I have a 1954 DOD 3/54 with a hinged grille having ser. # 77064

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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by Bill H. » Thu Jun 20, 2024 11:54 am

NAVSNIPE wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2024 7:22 pm
I have a 1954 DOD 3/54 with a hinged grille having ser. # 77064
The hinged grill ended in late 1953, October I believe. More than likely yours is a 1952 to mid/late 1953 that got a set of data plates "assigned" to it. ;)
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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by NAVSNIPE » Thu Jun 20, 2024 1:50 pm

Both patent plate and dash plates stamped with same serial number 77064

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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by albix » Fri Jun 28, 2024 6:25 am

If this can be helpful my A1 is DOD 10/54 and S.N. is 76233.

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Re: Tell me more about my 1954 M38A1

Post by AFM38A1 » Sun Jul 07, 2024 9:55 pm

Willys was really cranking them out in that timeframe.
Mine was produced in March, 1955 and is 82551.
So, based on albix's numbers, I'd guess 77064 would have been 11/54.

I believe there is a serial database online where people give their Willys body/serials and the few known Army hood numbers.
That might enable you to pinpoint a production month.
M38A1 MD 82551. Built 3/1955. Purchased in Nov. 2021.
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All stock w/factory V-8. Used as a daily driver for 7 years.


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