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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2001, 10:50 PM
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I have just got my first jeep, definatly won't be the last. the title and vin # say 59 willys but the body says jeep and you can see where they have moved the steering colum and a few other small things. does anyone know when they stared putting jeep on the side and tailgate instead of willys? its a cj5. will f head 4 and t90 tranny. everything but the body say 59. this probably wont be the last ??? as the wife has big plans for her new toy.

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im not sure on this either... i have a '63 willys... says jeep on the side.. and willys on tailgate.. i havent done much research on it.. its my backburner project for now... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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A buddy at work came over and pointed it out. he said he has a 62 that still says willys on both side and tailgate.
the gas tank isn't under the seat so I am guessing it has been moved. I need a new tank but don't know what to get. I would also like a skid plate for the tank. But not sure what will fit this body unless I try to make something.

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Pretty much all CJ-5's say Jeep on the side. I can't remember if the M38a1's do but don't think so. Basically from '1955 on up it should say Jeep. If it doesn't then it is probably an aftermarket body. If It says Willy's then that would be highly unusual unless it was a WW2 Script body flat fender and the Willy's was normally on the back in the left rear, same place Ford had the Script on the GPW's. The tailgates interchange from the '45 CJ-2a until the 1975 CJ. (all universals) so someone could have put it on. Can't go by the tailgate to tell what year it is. If it has an underseat tank, F-head motor, Ross steering (although it is common to change to Saginaw steering), short CJ style fenders, and has an 81" wheel base with offset, two piece axled dana 44 rear and a Dana 25 front, probably 5.38 gears, and probably top mounted wipers on the windshield, with a tool box under the passenger seat, then it is probably a '59. I have a '59 CJ-5 and a '59 CJ-6 myself. Have fun with your new toy! Nickmil.

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The gas tank is the only think that isn't in the right place. It is behind the rear end. Will a skid plate from a newer cj5 work
Thanks for the info
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Gonna have to get out the tape measure. If it has a tank under the rear then who knows what's there. Original tank was under the driver's seat. If someone put in a tank from a '68-'75 then the skid plate from that will work. As far as one from a '76 up you will have to measure the tank and the skid plate and see. Might be better off building one. Good luck. Nickmil.

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I agree with Nick about building your own skidplate. The stock one on my '75 really isn't much of a skidplate. One good sharp rock would open it like a can of soup.

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