not all CJ5's came with tailgates. I couldn't tell you what years did & didn't but it may have switched from having a gate to not having one when Jeep was sold to AMC?????? Also the old m38's had no gate
At one time i was told the CJ5 between 72-81 did not come with tailgates if they were factory original with V-8s.
I also recall there also was a specific package on the later ones that delegated no tailgate vs all other models but i cant remember totally 80-83 i heard they were trying to empty out inventory since they were discontinuing so anything is possible then
how much work would it be to put a tail gate in? i like the looks of them better then the flat backs. i found a golden eagle in running condition and a good body for $1k. but i hate the fact that it doesnt have a tail gate. it does come with a rear tire mount so that might cover it up but it just doesnt seem practical without the tail gate.
Basically from what I've seen civilian model of Jeeps had tailgates. In the later years 70's/80's I noticed the better model(Golden Eagle, Renegade, etc) in the CJ-5 not having tailgates, but the bone stock CJ-5 (the one with no options) would. As for the CJ-7's I haven't seen one without a tailgate. These would all be spoken of with an original steel body not fibergalss. This was just my .02. :beer: cheers!!
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