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56 Cj 5 Front Fenders

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by zootin, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Dec 30, 2018
    zootin

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    To all,

    I am currently in the process of prepping the 56 CJ 5 for primer, then paint. Sanding off the old paint I found that both front fenders had Olive Drab paint under the former spruce tip green paint jobs.

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    Was this a common practice for early CJ 5's ?

    Looks like I messed up on the photos being sideways,

    Zootin
     
  2. Dec 30, 2018
    Keys5a

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    Interesting observation. Any sign of unused threaded bosses on the top flat section of the left fender, where the A1 had a convoy light?
    -Donny
     
  3. Dec 30, 2018
    zootin

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    Donny,

    Negative on the bosses for the A1 convoy or blackout light mounting on the left fender.

    Zootin
     
  4. Dec 30, 2018
    fyrmn

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    I had a 55 or 56 that had od under what I believed to be the original top coat on both fenders
     
  5. Dec 30, 2018
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Parts were used as available, a former member here had a bonafied CJ5 that came from the factory with a M38A1 frame under it.
     
  6. Dec 30, 2018
    PeteL

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    Easy to imagine that the first CJ5s may have used some military parts inventory.
     
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  7. Dec 31, 2018
    sterlclan

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    I have some nos keiser era body parts all finished in od primer. came from a closed dealership with keiser part tags on them. they could have been replaced at some point as well.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2019
    gromit

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    I have a '56 CJ5 serial # 29,xxx. And, it has OD under the 'original red' faded paint of both front fenders. No sign of any holes in fenders for any potential mountings. Funny how the designated jeep red color has faded some here and there, but, the paint over the exposed portion of both front fenders has faded completely away, leaving OD color where the sun hit it. Yet, open the hood and the portion of the fender under the protection of the hood has great 'original red' color with no sign of 'sun fade' exposing the OD. The windshield appears to be an A1 windshield as well. It is a split window with old black paint. Overall, my jeep seems to be completely unmolested showing it's 60 plus years of use.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2019
    Keys5a

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    You can tell an A1 windshield frame from a CJ frame by the top channel. The CJ version of the channel followed the curve of the top of the frame. The A1 channel has more of a "bow" to it where the ends dip noticably more than the top of the frame. The A1 frame should also have a pair of verticle 1/4" threaded bosses on the lower left inside panel, used for the wiper vacuum "switch".
    -Donny
     
  10. Jan 12, 2019
    gromit

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    Yup, ... I'm convinced. My windshield has the channel where the ends dip noticeably (a full inch) more than the top center of the channel. And I think I understand your description of the pair of vertical threaded bosses on lower panel. Mine are about 5 + inches in from the left and the two threaded holes are 1 1/2" apart. Thanks for the info. This website is a great source of knowledge !!
     
  11. Jan 12, 2019
    Keys5a

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    Yup! That's an A1 windshield frame you have!
    -Donny
     
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