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Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: Convert CJ5 no tailgate to tailgate???
Tailgate tubs have a full box running laterally under the tailgate, and about 3" wider on each side. I don't know if non-gate tubs have it or just an angle support.
Outside of that it's just regular sheetmetal body work, but a lot of it, and it won't be easy to get everything to fit right. And you'll have to make attachments for the support cables.
If your 5 doesn't have the toolbox under the passenger seat floor, it's the same as a 7 back there, so you should be able to look at any late-model CJ to see how they're constructed.
The non-gate tubs are considerably stronger in back. When I took the rollbar off my tub the fenders sagged outward due to rust damage weakening the box under the tailgate. And everything else, I guess.