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  1. What does it show on the side buttons that hold the hatband/chinstrap on?
  2. You are absolutely right.One pattern looks black and the other more blue. I absolutely never noticed that before. I am guessing when my brother and I got them, we unknowingly switched the tops and bottoms while trying them on. I'll never know because his kids wore his set and his wife said she threw them away at some point when they no longer fit. Would there be a difference in year of manufacture based on the type of dye method used? Would mismatched sets ever have been issued? Thanks. I much appreciate the info.
  3. Actually they arent mismatched. The photo editor auto contrast made one look darker than the other.
  4. I'm trying to identify the actual pattern and type of this set. The story on where they came from is my stepdad brought them back when his tour was over in 1969. When I found them 6 years later there were two full sets, each in sealed clear plastic bags packed in a box along with some of his jungle jackets, a grenade vest and a worn out pair of jungle boots. I asked if I could have them and he told me he forgot he had them and "Sure take them. They might even fit you (I was 15) I remember I got them for the Vietnamese I had working with me." Originally he had quite a few sets (along with some electronic gear and other stuff but he didnt say what that stuff was) he aquired "in appreciation" for Carbines and M-16's he released to some Green Berets assigned to a South Vietnamese unit. They said the soldiers who were new recruits would throw away their weapons and take off the 1st time they came under fire. They didn't want to catch a batch of sh*t having to explain why they needed to keep reissuing rifles so they made a deal with my stepdad who at the time, was the security officer for a small USN river base. He issued all but the two sets he brought back and that's how I got one of them (my brother took the other set). Not knowing any better I later used them as work clothes while helping out a buddy with his landscaping business (it was 1979 when people actually used to hire the local neighborhood kid to cut their grass in the summer.) but after two days I stopped because the damn crappy Sears string trimmer made some rips on the bottom of one of the pants legs and a button came off the shirt because the thread was loose and I was opening and closing it to get my cigarettes over and over (also in 1979 when teenagers smoked. Something I don't miss one bit) I actually decided to put them away not because I figured they would ever have value but because I'd just gone to see "The Deer Hunter" and DeNiro was wearing what looked like the same camo pattern in the scene where he's torching a villiage with a flamethrower. It impressed me to not ruin them, for whatever reason. After that I wore them a few more times, then left them at home when I went to college and forgot about them. 30 years later when my stepdad was selling the old house, I was helping him move and discovered them in a footlocker that had all my old military school uniforms in it. A bit long winded but hopefully interesting story. Any info on value would be great because theres no way in hell these will fit me now so I'm thinking I might just sell them.
  5. My Uncle was a Scout Sniper in the same unit the newspaper article (and the book ) refers to. and was KIA on Saipan. I have a photo of him holding up a Japanese battle flag (perhaps the same one) by the point of a Samurai sword, both liberated off the dead officer nearby. I provided much of the research information for the book but did not support the trip to Japan at all. The letters from my Uncle describing Japanese brutality and joy of killing were not in the book but should have been. I agree with ScottG 100%.
  6. Those mods were fairly common. My dad was a AAF pilot assigned to a base in Naples from 45-47. He made these modifications to his jeep so my (future) mom wouldn't get dust and dirt on her. Also, it helped to keep thieves at bay.
  7. "He did tell me when I first looked at it, that there were originally two batteries, and that only one was under the hood, and the other one somewhere else." Yes, it was in the cowl of the original tub that got tossed. He's the "pastor of a church"? In that case everything he says may be taken with, not a grain, but a pillar of salt (in this case better include a wedge of lime and a shot of tequila). Just jokin'.
  8. Okay, looking at the new pics it has been converted to 12v, hence the alternator. The distributor is civilian and there are some things missing on the engine block like the oil filter for one. Also the firewall mounted oil bath air filter is missing. Radiator stabilizing rod missing, water pump bypass tube from the cylinder head to water pump not there. The combination fuel/vacuum pump looks correct but I can't tell if its been plugged and there is a metal tube with a valve in it that gets mounted to the head connecting the carb and air filter that's missing, no throttle/choke cables or accelerator control linkage. The frame is correct and is military. Just hrow away the fiberglass crap tub and get a good original steel one and you'll have a good base to go from for something that will have value..
  9. I have an M38 restored from the ground up to original specs. The tires are incorrect and should be 16" NDTs. The tub is completely wrong. There is no battery compartment on the cowl for the second battery (The M38's are ALL 24 volt, not the civilian 12volt. They have 2 batteries one in the engine compartment mounted on the frame and one in a box in front of the windshield. and all electrical equipment like starter, generator, lights, etc must be 24 volt.) There are no holes for the wiring harness or vacuum tubing in the firewall (M38s were designed to still drive while with the engine submerged underwater and have a system of tubing throughout the engine that allows the engine to pressurize when fording), It should have a rear dropdown tailgate (which is not used on the military jeeps but gets bolted shut to mount the spare tire bracket) This has the WW2 MB style closed rear. The rear bumper is wrong and the front bumper is missing the predrilled holes, there are no footman loops on the tub, or front and rear top bow brackets, the special carbuerator is installed facing the wrong way, the spark plugs are incorrect, the dash on the tub is missing the cutouts for the emergency brake and glove compartment...and too much more to go into. If that tub is really fiberglass it will reduce the value substantially. Is the engine set up for the original 24 volt system and are all the parts there? I'd make sure this guy has everything before I gave him a dime frankly. Its a real mess. Trying to be helpful so you don't get ripped off.
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