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Help Date This Old Cj5…

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by Ric-san, Feb 2, 2022.

  1. Feb 2, 2022
    Ric-san

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    So the backstory is a coworker friend is set to inherit his father in laws old CJ-5. It’s in Wyoming, we’re in the Florida panhandle. One pic only so far and if memory serves him right he recalls his family saying it’s a 1960’s Jeep. As soon as he finds more info, I’ll update this posting…
     
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    maurywhurt

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    If I'm not mistaken, I believe the battery cover on the passenger side of the cowl disappeared after 1963. If so, that would be the most recent model year this Jeep could be, though it might date from anywhere in the 1955-63 time frame.
     
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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Mid to late 50's by the parking lights.
     
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    mickeykelley

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    Yes on both the battery cover and parking lights. Looking at the rear view mirror, it looks a little too small to be the 50’s but hard to tell. You need to get a pic of the serial number plate that is attached to the firewall under the hood on the drivers side. That will have numbers that can tell you for sure. These things have been so modified over the years that some times it’s hard to tell without lots of data points. You can see the edge of it on mine (‘58) in the upper right of the pic below.

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    Glenn

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    Are you guys thinking those are the larger or smaller of the clear lights? To me they look like the smaller ones.
     
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    Alan28

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    Looks like a very nice Jeep, czan become very very nice indeed. Congrats.
     
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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    I'm thinking '55-'58 from the shape of the bezels,but it is hard to tell.
     
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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    There were two types of the smaller clear lenses - '55 to '57 and a slightly different type that was even a bit smaller from '58 to '64-ish.
     
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    Glenn

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    My 3B has the slightly larger clear lenses, which I think are incorrect for the year, '59. The smaller yet ones are more bullet shaped due to the smaller diameter, these are on my CJ5 and wagon. I agree with it being hard to tell in the picture but I do think those are the smaller ones.
     
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    Ric-san

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    My co-worker got a pic of the vin tag… I’m deciding it as a 1955
     

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    PeteL

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    Speedometer face can be a big clue to dating during first CJ5 years.

    And the heater location was under-dash on the passenger side in the beginning. Heater optional.
     
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    Glenn

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    Nope, it's a '60. It's a little less than 450 units older than mine.
     
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    Manufactured March 1960.
     
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    Ric-san

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    I passed along the info…
     
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    Glenn

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    Cool! I'm curious about the bracing on the passenger door. Was it designed to mount something on it?
     
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    PeteL

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    Looks like field modification to me, as if the door was too "floppy" or something.
     
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    Glenn

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    Yeah, I was thinking maybe for strengthening it. It's actually nicely done as far as functional looking.
     
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    Boyink

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    Maybe it's a sliding window....
     
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    PeteL

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    It made me think of Mitch Hedburg...

    "Don't get in a fight with your girlfriend when you are camping - it's really hard to slam the door on a tent."
     
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