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So I picked up this frame yesterday. I was told it was a CJ5, he thought it was a 73 but from what I can tell it is pre 71, Wheelbase is 81". I would like to start with what do I really have so I can try to figure out what I am going to do with it. The frame is rock solid, hell of a lot better then my TJ. Any info would be great and any suggestions on what route I should take to make it whole. I would like to lift it with at least 35" tires and maybe a V8 of some sort. But if the frame is not up to the task or if is best to restore it back to a more original state that is an option too. I got it cheap and just want to have fun with it with the family. Thanks Steve
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Just restore it. That would be the easiest thing to do. That is pre 71 and in good condition. Do all the gears, brakes and steering work?
 

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They are suppose to. I know the steering works well enough to move it around the yard. The brakes and lines are all new, so I am told but I can't get the pedal to go down, I have not looked into the master cylinder yet. Not sure about the gears I have not try anything with them yet other than moving one of the transfer from natural to in gear.

Is there a section here that gives a year by year info on what these should have. The TJ section has one. Stock TJ Specifications I didn't see one here in the CJ section.

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Way too nice to Frankenstein up

It uses many of the same gear as my '46 CJ2A---I know it's newer than that!

I do feel sure I could probably stick one of our 2A bodies on it and make it work out!

But yes---keep it close to original---them big tires just cost more---big engine will shell out

the older drivetrain fast.

Here's pics (2 pages) of "Willy"----Whatever it is---CJ3B or Early CJ-5 it will turn out great!

I've got 2 years of hard work in mine---you'll see how bad it was in the beginning.


Your frame is almost ready to go!

----JEEPFELLER
 

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Recently in quest of used parts I visited a local business which sells used parts and does restorations. He had a 66 CJ5 frame with an odd fire Buick 225 in it. He had changed it to front steer and put on11" drums. He was in the process of putting a CJ2A or CJ3A body--I can't tell the difference--on the frame.
 

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The early CJ5 had a longer frame in the rear. You could tell if you ever tried to mount a CJ2 or CJ3 draw bar on an early CJ5 or vice-versa. I also saw a CJ3B body on an early CJ5 frame once. The frame stuck out past the tailgate a little so he incorporated it into a custom bumper. It turned out pretty nice and other than that I couldn't tell that it wasn't the original frame.
 

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That is early and in really good condition, most older CJ fans would love to get their hands on it. So how can we narrow it down?:

- It has Ross steering with the quadrant up front. This is 1942 to 1971.

- 81" wheelbase is 1954 to 1971

- It has the T90A-1 transmission and Model 18 transfer case. This was used 1946 to 1962 with the L and F head. A legendary 3 speed.

So it looks without a lot of checking and the frame number, that it is a 1954 to 1962 CJ5 with the F head 75 hp four-cylinder Willys Hurricane engine.
 

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Should be on top of the framerail, either right at firewall, or over rear axle, both on passenger side, (I think)

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Rub some chalk across it then just quick flat wipe off to leave the chalk in the stamping.

Or take a pic with your phone, then you can blow it up so you can see it more clearly?
 

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Based on the looks of that frame, I'd say you are very close to narrowing it down to it being a 1954-64 frame. 59' model year based on the serial number you found. It could be a CJ-5 or a CJ-6 and you will need to measure for dimensions.
Try using the frame photo below and measure it against the dimensions given below the frame drawing.
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