There were enough differences to make me believe I may have a reproduction tailgate.Sometime in the early part of this article I realized that my tailgate is authentic, but not for my CJ-3B.So in this article some dates must be taken with a small grain of salt.
The J guides use the two large end cutouts for bolting to the tailgate.
As of 5 November 1955, Panel 694152 was created for Tailgate 694155 which was for the later DJ-3A and Surrey.
The only difference was the holes for the license plate light and holder.
It was bolted shut; the spare tire and gas can would do damage to the tailgate if it were allowed to swing down as a matter of course.
The four indentations, or cutouts, appeared on the top flange just under the rollover on top of the tailgate.
If one examines the flange just under the rollover on the top of this tailgate you will notice that the flange is straight the full distance; there are no interruptions.