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M38 Tires
Posted on Wednesday, April 05 @ 15:58:29 UTC by Ryan

M38 Tires

Photos and identification information provided by Jim Kelley and Keith Buckley, edited by Ryan Miller.

M38 vehicles produced from 1950 through 1953 by Willys Overland Motors for the United States Military were equiped from the factory with Goodyear or BF Goodrich rubber tires that used a rubber tube for inflation.

The tires had exterior markings molded into the tire to indicate the year of manufacture and the manufacturer's name along with inflation directions.

The tire tread was a NDCC (Non-Directional Cross Country) with a more rounded tread edge than the previous WWII tire design.

Valve stem protectors as those used on the earlier WWII jeeps does not appear to have been a factory instillation for the M38 (as of the current information available).

Split "combat rims" (rims that are bolted together from two halves to aid in changing a tire in the field) also appear to not have made it into production with the only references to a "combat rim" being found in the prototype M38 vehicle manual.

Military - S  1952      Goodyear Trademark

     Military - S  1952                                                             Goodyear Trademark


7.00 - 16   6PLY RATING         BLX   R                                     Tread edge NDCC

BF Goodrich Tire

Dated 1951
1951 BF Goodrich replacement tire

1953 Goodyear Tire

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Re: M38 Tires (Score: 1)
by Kingfish (Kingfish) on Wednesday, October 18 @ 21:47:14 UTC
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Nice description on the tires. Are there any replica Goodyears availalble for my 1951 M38? If not, what is a good brand that looks original? I don't want to sink money into tires that are not at least close to correct looking. Thanks.

Re: M38 Tires (Score: 1)
by gorzel on Sunday, December 17 @ 16:23:21 UTC
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I have the same question as Kingfish. any help would be great

Re: M38 Tires (Score: 1)
by Ryan_Miller on Sunday, November 02 @ 21:53:16 UTC
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Hey, Currently there are reproduction tires available, but none with the correct Goodyear or BF Goodrich trade marks mostly due to the trademark issues. Maybe someday they will be available.

Re: M38 Tires (Score: 1)
by calypso on Thursday, December 08 @ 12:38:08 UTC
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My m38 is fitted with military Fidelity tires made in the usa . Are these original issue ?

Re: M38 Tires (Score: 1)
by RETIREDJEEP on Sunday, April 27 @ 18:08:07 UTC
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Kaiser/willys has 7x16 and 6x16 listed, the actual width difference is only 1/2 inch. Does any one have a comment about which is more functional? Fred


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