Does it have a windshield? All '76 and up windshields have the wiper motor outside the w/s frame.
How about the front of the rollbar? Mid-79 and newer have the forward two legs of the roll bar attached to the floor just forward of the rear wheelhouses. Early '79 and older have them mounted on top of the wheelhouses.
Not too many other differences to separate a '79 from the other years that you haven't already mentioned (the T150/Dana 20 says '79 or older).
yeah, the roll bar goes to the floor. i have a 79 so knew bout the roll bar thing. after doing a lil more research i am convinced its a 79. only one thing is still stumping me, granted i dont know crap bout cj5s but, i thought all jeeps came from the factory with a tailgate. this jeep doesnt have one and i cant find anything that would make me think it ever had one. its just flast across the back like a fiber tub(well cept for all the rust)
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From shopping around for my Jeep, I'm pretty sure that the CJ5's didn't have tailgates. The spare tire carriers that I've seen for CJ5's attach strait to the rear (which would prevent a tail gate from flipping down). So don't fear, I'm pretty sure the 5's didn't have them.
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Originally posted by MudLover From shopping around for my Jeep, I'm pretty sure that the CJ5's didn't have tailgates. The spare tire carriers that I've seen for CJ5's attach strait to the rear (which would prevent a tail gate from flipping down). So don't fear, I'm pretty sure the 5's didn't have them.
CJ5's came both with and without tailgates, depending on model and year. Look on the VIN plate. The first letter should be a J. The next number will denote the year(this is for CJ's from 76 to 80).
Since I will have to do some floor/side body work on it someday soon, I have toyed with the idea of taking off the one piece rear section (at the seams) and welding in a tailgate rear section from a donor CJ-5. Sure, it would be a royal pain, but it would look stock. I would really like to use a post 75 tailgate area, but the body top rail and seam locations are different. Rats!