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Drive Train


The design of the M38 (MC) was based on the CJ-3A, it was produced from 1950 until 1952. Additional units where built for export in 1955.

Drive Train

The M38 was available with the "Go Devil" L-Head 134 I4 engine, T-90 3 speed transmission, Dana 18 transfer case, Dana 25 front axle, and Dana 44 rear axle.

Production Information

Year Serial Number Range Production
1950 10001 - xxx ppp
1951 xxx - xxx ppp
1952 xxx - 72329 ppp
1955 10001 - 13880 3880

The M38s built in 1955 where built for export.

Serial Number Locations

The vehicle identification plate is located on the instrument panel at the right of the instrument cluster. The plate includes vehicle name, serial number, manufactureer's name, ordinance stock number, part number, model number, contract number, and year manufactured. Another plate including name, patent information, and serial number is located behind the passengeR seat on the front of the rear fender well.


Thanks to Kevin Mullin for sending me the serial number location information from the Department of the Army Technical Manual TM9-8012, 1/4-Ton 4x4 Utility Truck M38; Pages 10 & 13.

Thanks to Todd Paisley for the M38 serial number and production information.

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Doug (8/19/2011)
I have a M 38 with the serial number MC 62110,could someone tell me what year this was made and how do you know.Thank You

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