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Military History90 of 115Daimler Ferret Restoration No.4WWII US Army Air Corps photos
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Posted 6 years ago


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This is my '52 M38. I'm the second owner since it's de-commision in '72
This veteran saw action in the Korean war, and is only taken out on nice ,sunny days for a little ride,or to our local cruise night for others to appreciate.Hope all Veterans get treated this good!!


  1. jordan, 6 years ago
    Imagine they were pushing these things into the ocean along with planes and tanks and god knows what else after the war.I wonder if the paint was good enough to try and fish a few of them out of the drink....
  2. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Hi Bogie262,it still has it's original 24 volt system/black-out light & all!
  3. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thanks boandsuzi, Vontrike, stepback_antiques,scottvez, officialfuel.
  4. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you Signaholic!
  5. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you Stonie!
  6. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you stonesfan1!
  7. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you packrat_place!
  8. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you timbaran & Hedgewalker!!
  9. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you ttomtucker!!
  10. Vontrike Vontrike, 5 years ago
    What a great Jeep. I passed a chance to buy a basket case one two years ago,,cheap. Thump, thump, thump. That's the sound of my head banging the wall !
  11. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thanks Von, they certainly are a ton-o-fun to have, get lots of looks driving around,and an important piece of history to keep alive.
  12. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you Longings!!
  13. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you chevelleman, trukn20, & earlycoke!!
  14. tommy1002 tommy1002, 5 years ago
    Now, that is a Jeep !!!
  15. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you tommy!! She's a lot of fun to drive fer sure!!
  16. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    Nice! when i was a kid,u could buy these at auctions (crated) for 50.00$ (i believe) & ,if memory serves, in the back add pages of some mag. Man, if we had only known. Nice jeep , hope u had a safe 4th.
  17. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you Hems!!
  18. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    hems303 here, MANY THANKS for posting this M38, it is most "inspirational" (for reason see my rant below) and thanks for loving and commenting on my Daimler Ferret series, you certainly do "get it"...this M38 is the TOPS! You must be very proud. Did you have a lot of work in restoration or is it "as is"? In UK the "over-restorers" have not yet turned their attentions to M38's ,thank goodness! I really love yours !!!!

    Rant: I havn't posted; but we have two genuine logged historical WW2 Jeeps from "way back", that have been ground up restorations with ALL genuine, hard to find parts. The only thing is, in the UK, the new parts available from the "restorer" suppliers, means you can now build a "brand new" WW2 Jeep out of readily available parts. The "restoration" field in the UK is now littered with these "Wartime" Jeeps in which their 2 or 3 years of "history" is the closest to actual "Second World War Service" any of them will get! This is why I'm loath to post. It has become an embarrassing joke in the Military Vehicle preservation and exhibiting fraternity; that "there are now MORE wartime jeeps in existence than there were during the war!". I really hope that this does not spread to iconic vehicles like your M38. This is one reason why we have turned to "preserving" newer but currently unloved items like our Ferret! If you see my first "Daimler Ferret" post you will see in Photo .4 the field of rotting Ferret carcases, 30-40 years ago you could find scenes just like this but with Willy's & Ford Jeeps as the victims, but those scenes are now long, long gone. :(
  19. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    I guess it means we are on the right track if they are re-creating these, there must be a market for them, and knowing that an original is a "limited supply item", if there are'nt enought originals to go around...
    As long as the knowledge of the collector is passed down as to differentiate the real from the fake!
    My Jeep, being a '52, saw service during the Korean war(think M.A.S.H.)' and being Canadian made, by Ford in Windsor, Ont. it is one of approx. 3800 units.
    If it was American Willy's, it would look exactly the same, being one of approx. 60,000 units. Many were shoved off boats into the sea aftewr the war I'm told!
    Parts are still relatively easy to find here, and several business' have begun to focus solely on restoring or reproducing the much needed parts to keep these vets running and looking good.
    Love the photo of the " Ferret boneyard" too.
  20. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Yes you are right: I suppose imitation is the sicerest form of they say. It's just that some less scrupulous owner/"restorers" are (in UK) now trying to pass off thier Jeeps as being a little more than they really are.

    Talking of pushing lovely vehicles and other military equipment off into "the deep end" as it were: Here in the English Midlands there is an inland deep water pool (ex quarry), where at the end of the war, they pushed load after lorry load of War Department Nortons and BSA motorcycles into the unreachable deep. I'm hoping with the relatively recent advances of mixed gas deep diving, they might be salvaged someday, (perhaps if there is little oxygen down there they might have survived in restorable state!)
  21. Hems303 Hems303, 5 years ago
    Sorry my spelling is going..I meant "Sincerest" ....02:58 Hrs. Time for bed!
  22. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    The U.K. must have changed climes if you have sunny days now. LOL
  23. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Thank-you petey, musichoo, walksoftly for the "loves"
  24. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Thank-you blunderbuss, collector4ever,& mrmajestic for the "loves"
  25. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Thank-you Phil, very nice of you to say! This old girl still get's the "jeep wave" going down the road, and tons of attention anywhere it's parked, and the neighbourhood kids are always eager to go for a spin! Thanks for the nice words about the house too Phil, it is a culmination of a lifetime of hard work(built it myself from the plan on up)!
  26. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Thank-you tom61375 for the "love"!!
  27. pickrknows pickrknows, 3 years ago
    Thank you Phil for the "LOVE"
  28. pickrknows pickrknows, 3 years ago
    Thanks all for the "loves"!! Cheers! ,
  29. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    What a beauty !! Wish I could afford one !!! A good one here in uk £10,000-£13,000 ..
    I love my jeep yj which is based on the cj derived from the willys .. & I find it a lot of fun especially in the snow !! I also use it for what its for offroading!! unlike many which are so spotless their owners are frightened to really use them !!
    A doctor I work for sometimes has 3 ferrets & an austin champ in immaculate condition , all seen service sometime or other & I think theyre great fun ;-)
  30. TexacoOkie TexacoOkie, 2 years ago
    Man that is one sweet Jeep!

  31. pickrknows pickrknows, 2 years ago
    Thank you Surfdub, Ron and Phil for the nice comments.
  32. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
  33. pickrknows pickrknows, 2 years ago
    Thanks so much for the nice comment Roycroftbooksfromme1!
  34. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
    Very Nice!!! Sounds like it's being treated well.
  35. Nicefice, 1 year ago
    Awesome! Loveit!!
  36. pickrknows pickrknows, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the nice comment jscott0363 and Nicefice!!

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