1965 Cj5 Identification - Body Stamping
Hello All & Happy New Year! I am the proud (third) owner of a 1965 CJ5. I am all "googled out" from trying to research my Jeep and I decided it ws time to join this forum and ask the experts. I picked up this Jeep on Craigslist from a retired marine who got it from the barn of a passed away rancher. He told me it was covered with hay and had barb wire tools in the bed when he got it. Anyhow, he told me it was all original and in crawling around it, I found the minor rust scale, spider cocoons, and bees nest to sort of verify his claim. There is a snorkel cutout, but no faux battery box cover on the cowl. The wipers are high mounts and the tailgate has no markings. The gate does have the footman loop bumps, but no punchouts for the screw holes. On the firewall where the vin plate is, there are two other 4 inch by 1/2 inch aluminum plates with numbers on them. One thing that appeared odd to me was the absence of the "Jeep" stampings in the metal on each side forward of the doors. Right away I think this may be an aftermarket tub, but it would be difficult to reproduce the Jeep's wear on the paint and the patina of the metal. During my googling I found conflicting info regarding when certain items or features were discontinued from or added to the CJ5 line. I also saw photos of various Jeeps with features similar to mine, but none with all the same variances. I love this Jeep as it is, no matter what. Unconditional love I guess you could call it. I was wondering in anyone out there had any input as to the authenticity of my so called "original" 65 CJ5? Thanx for your time and help!