A M38A1 fuel pump (5594260) came on my M38 along with the hand lever, spacer and special mounting bolts (1 long / 1shorter). I could have it rebuilt or buy one of the M38 fuel pumps that would be proper for my late engine.
Two questions based on my reading of some old threads.
Were these M38A1 pumps sometimes used to replace M38 pumps in the field?
Do you see these pumps used by folks doing a Motorpool resto?
Yes. I have the MVPA scoring sheet.
I’m going to guess that if it’s not a M38 pump then it’s wrong for the jeep.
Did some M38A1 pumps get installed on M38s ‘at the motorpool’? _________________ Don Alvarez
Retired HS Teacher
Look into the '55 parts list (in downloads) pages 72 and 73. Four different part numbers are called out and are serial number specific. I don't see the M38A1 pump listed in there.
Did it happen? Who knows, unless we heard from someone with firsthand experience. Other than that, I imagine if the Judges don't know, they would refer to the manuals including the part list to figure out if they grade it as right or wrong...
Mark _________________ '52 Dodge M37, '42 GPW, '48 FrankenJeep CJ2A/M38, '50 CJV-35(U), '51 M38, '42 WC-57 Command Car, '44 WC-51 Weapons , (2) M1941 Sperry 60" Anti-Aircraft Searchlights, John Deere M-gator, '44 White M3A1 Scout Car
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Yes, stick with M38 pumps if you're all about max points for a show queen. But just because the 4260 pump isn't listed in the M38 ORD9 doesn't mean it wasn't used by the Army in the motor pool. There's plenty of old posts and opinions in this forum saying that all the M38 and M38A1 pumps are fully interchangeable. What are the odds that the Army wouldn't take advantage of that?
I'm running the late model 4260 pump on my M38, but I'm not chasing points at a show. To each his own, but I have no intention of paying money for my M38 to be judged at a jeep contest using made-up rules and if the judge is having a good day or not. Couldn't care less. I'm using that pump because there seems to be more of them available. Good luck! _________________ Ron D.
1951 M38 Unknown Serial Number
1951 M100 Dunbar Kapple 01169903 dod 5-51
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If you are working on a Factory class trailer queen then you are stuck with the pump that was shown as being introduced on your M38 by serial groups. End of that discussion.
If you are a motor pool class resto or driver builder then any will work in any serial/model. If you carefully read thru the many ORD 9 and ORD 8 issues you will see that by 1956 or so the Army showed all the pumps useable/interchangeable in the M38/M38A1/M170.
As for those special extended hex bolts the M38 used them as well. Here's fig 47 from TM 9-8012
These M38 ORD 8 SNL G-740 pages will clear up any questions about interchangeability of all of these fuel pump!
I recently joined the local MVPA chapter but do not plan to ‘chase points’. I just wanted a recognized standard that would bring me close to recreating the M38 with an eye to historical accuracy. This goal has proven to be, shall we say, a little complicated. 😁 If it was easy there would be numerous M jeeps on the streets. I have yet to see one except at shows and in parades.
I like the M38A1 fuel pump so it will be going under the hood. _________________ Don Alvarez
Retired HS Teacher
Your Jeep, your way! That is how it is supposed to be. Enjoy. _________________ '52 Dodge M37, '42 GPW, '48 FrankenJeep CJ2A/M38, '50 CJV-35(U), '51 M38, '42 WC-57 Command Car, '44 WC-51 Weapons , (2) M1941 Sperry 60" Anti-Aircraft Searchlights, John Deere M-gator, '44 White M3A1 Scout Car
There are many locations where you can still see MB's GPW's, M38's and M38A1's roving the local roads but those locations are usually rural farming or wilderness locations. Since the jeeps from that period are rapidly becoming higher priced classics/antiques the urban areas drivers buy more recent 1980's to late 90's used jeeps for their hunting or snow driving adventures.
Did you notice how many M38A1 pumps there are on that M38 ORD 8 list? Of the 6 pumps listed they are split 3 & 3.
The Army's supply system is an intelligent one. As newer pumps were derived from the earlier pumps the Army supply system allow interchangeability and so they would narrow the number of part numbers they were procuring down to the newest production variants lowering the cost of maintaining large quantities of various part numbered pumps and their rebuild kits. _________________ Wes K
45 MB, 51 M38, 54 M37, 66 M101A1, 60 CJ5, 76 DJ5D, 47Bantam T3-C & 5? M100
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