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post #1 of 3 Old 09-21-2021, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought early jeep im lost please someone help!!

i just bought this jeep thinking about selling it! i can not figure out what i have? the title say 1950 cj3a which pretty certain is wrong. where is the vin tag located on this jeep? here is what i think i have a 1953 or 1954 cj5 (cant tell the difference) with a 1960's tailgate? it does not have raised jeep stamped on the side pic#6. there is some odd hole in the passenger side pic#5. what is the hole for? these two things look to be signs of about a 1953-1954? but then the tailgate says jeep not willys. i am selling the top and doors for $600. the plow for $275. the roll bar for $300. i am considering selling everything including the jeep for $4500. jeep actually runs pretty good. shifts good 4 wheel works as it should, brakes work very good. frame is solid in very good condition. body is solid and floor. the roughest part is the drivers front fender is pretty badly rusted. any help would be greatly appreciated

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-21-2021, 09:41 AM
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The hole in the fender indicates that the fender came off a M138A--the military version of the CJ5. Military vehicles of that period and today had 24 volt systems and a common oops was to let the battery(ies) go dead from excessive radio use. For expediate and safe jump starts we used a special single cable jumper cable known as a slave cable. There was only one way you could use it--just plug it in and start the dead vehicle. The existence of a tail gate rules out the body being an M138A. The first year of the CJ5 was 1955.

Do you have the rest of the top? There is nothing showing on the back.


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post #3 of 3 Old 09-21-2021, 10:29 PM
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Looks like a combination of multiple Jeeps there. The tub looks to be M38A1 with a tailgate cut in. Civilian dash and grill. Serial number plate for the CJ-5 would be just above the heater on the drivers side of the firewall. The M38A1 numbers would be on the front side slant of the passenger side rear fender.

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