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1952 M-37

Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by Jon B., Jul 6, 2022.

  1. Jul 6, 2022
    Jon B.

    Jon B. Member

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    I know; it’s not a Jeep…

    I have an opportunity to buy an old military M37 truck. It runs and drives, is complete except for the tailgate, and is sound. As in, no rust! Oh, yeah; no passenger seat, either. Original 24-volt electrics.

    It has the original drive train, with the flatty six. One downer: no winch. ☹️.

    The owner will let it go for $5k, which I think is reasonable. My concern is this: what’s the market like for these things, if I need to liquidate it to get my money out of it? I don’t need any ‘white elephants’ in my shed…

    Jon
     
  2. Jul 7, 2022
    PeteL

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    I like the trucks, but they have a limited practicality due to a low maximum road speed. I've seen some really nice ones struggle to sell for $5K. I wouldn't personally be interested unless it had a PTO winch on it.
     
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  3. Jul 7, 2022
    PeteL

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    dozerjim

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    Neat trucks for sure, drove many in the military.....not practical by any means,no idea on resale but would think 5k is about right.....I would buy one if I didn't have so many projects staring at me....:blah:
     
  5. Jul 7, 2022
    hudsonhawk

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    I would love to have one as a toy to putz around in. But, like my CJ, it would wind up heavily modified to make it more comfortable.
     
  6. Jul 7, 2022
    Jon B.

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    I was on my way this morning to C-Dub’s place to pick up the CJ frame I bought. In the town of Worthington, MN, there was an M37 sitting with a for sale sign on it. I stopped on the way home to look at it.

    It’s not as nice as the other, but has some new stuff (tires) on it. The asking price? $9500!!! Big “Nope”!

    Jon

    ps: Mrs. B. Thinks ‘no, we don’t need one’. ☹️
     
  7. Jul 7, 2022
    timsresort

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    I have a '51 M37 that I bought in the 80's for cheap. It is original, unrestored and unmolested. I use it for camping, firewood cutting, and getting through deep snow. It will out-perform any wheeled vehicle in deep snow, if chained up.
    [​IMG]I belong to the Military Vehicle Collectors of CA, and there has been a resurgence of the popularity of the M37's, and saw several at our spring meet this year. I was kind of encouraged that they may be finally getting popular, and therefore more valuable. I think $5K for yours sounds a little high. Maybe closer to 4. I would think $8K for mine, with winch, hard top, etc is the going price. (All based on CA prices).
     
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