I ordered a few parts

I am about out of stuff to do on the Jeep, so I thought the next step would be to put doors on her. I posted a “want to buy” ad on the forums. I got a response from someone close by (well, FAIRLY close by ~170 miles). He said he thinks he has some door frames left, but didn’t know for sure until he gets back and checks. I don’t know what “gets back” means, but I figured I would give him a week before I emailed him and asked him. He also said I could have them if I came and picked them up! Good deal, as they go for ~$150 a pair! I figure 6hrs total driving and $40 worth of gas would still be worth it.

I still needed the hardware for the doors. This includes the upper hinges, lower hinge pockets and turn buttons. So I turned to eBay. A quick search turned up 8 lower hinge pockets and no upper hinges. I didn’t even look for the turn buttons. The hinge pockets ranged in price from $9.50 to $25 each – none of them were used or NOS, all were Omix Ada. I chose the cheap ones from a guy QTM Jeep Parts in Georgia. I have ordered quite a few parts from him and he is a good guy to deal with. I also ordered a brake adjusting eccentric for the left rear from him. 2 days later, the parts were here!

Last night I was trying to figure out how they fit under the door sill. Come to find out, the M38 pockets (which I ordered) are not the same as M38a1 hinge pockets!


M38 Lower hinge socket

M38a1 Lower door hinge socket

M38a1 Lower door hinge socket

So, I have not seen any M38a1 sockets for sale – that’s why I figured they were the same – I didn’t even think of researching it! I had to modify them to fit – easy enough to do, and possibly more robust than the originals since the originals just had a small tab under the pocket. All I had to do is cut the angled part off of the top with a sawzall and grind the sharp corners off.

One socket modified

One socket modified

Both sockets modified

Both sockets modified

I sprayed them with a couple of coats of paint, but don’t know how long it will take to dry since it is kind of cold outside. I guess I’ll install them next time I’m off.

Midwest Military has the upper hinges (new repros made by them) for $14 ea.

3 responses to “I ordered a few parts

  1. Hi, Matt.

    Where are you finding a pair of M38A1 doors for ~$150..? So far, I’m seeing prices far greater. I’ve been thinking about finishing off with canvas doors; got the side curtains a few months back, and that’s certainly helped to make the morning commute a little less brisk (snowed last weekend, and still cold enough to prevent its melting anytime soon :-+).

    Btw, I met up with Gensco tires recently, and found new 7.50-16 NDT E10s for $65 ea (since I went for a complete set of 5). Awesome, but…! Not on black ice! :-[ What’s yer take on chains btw..? ;-]

    Hoping all is well besides,

    Daniel in Mariposa/Yosemite, CA


    • Hey Daniel,

      A little red faced here – I, apparently was using prices from the last time I looked for doors! I did find a set of door frames for $250/pr – I was thinking that was a high price. Unfortunately, I have been looking for about 15 minutes and cannot re locate them. Sooo, I guess I need to email the guy pretty quick and get those frames from him! BTW, in case you’re interested – my neighbor/cousin came by this evening to get a quick charge on his 6v battery. While it was charging, I went ahead and put those new lower hinge sockets on the Jeep and painted the screws. I was surprised that the paint dried that quick with it being about 50 deg here. I made an order with Army Jeep Parts for the upper hinges and front lifting shackles. Now all I have to do is get those frames and order the canvas!

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