Because of the back seat and the added weight on the tailgate it was permanently bolted shut for military use." The tailgates for the CJ-V35 Jeeps -- modified 3A's built for the U. Navy and Marines in 1950 -- were apparently a missing link in the transition to the notched flange.
Bob Westerman's photo of the tailgate from CJV-35 10588 shows the two square cutouts for the spare tire carrier, but not the curved cutouts for the seat brackets.
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.Seen here in a detail from the drawing is the raised pad in the center with the word "JEEP".It can also be seen in a photo of the CJ-2 (50K JPEG) from a 1945 promotional film. Thanks to Keith Buckley for photographing the drawings.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.
This is because the V35 didn't have a rear seat; it was designed to carry a radio in the back. The tailgate in Bob's photo does have a few extra holes drilled by previous owners.
Although the M38 was only built for two years, the cutouts remained throughout the production of the CJ-3B and CJ-5.
There are separate part numbers for the tailgate panel, and the complete tailgate assembly.
Part number 663187 Panel was used for the 663188 Tailgate Assembly, on CJ-2A and CJ3A until the specification was changed in 1951.
On that lip was changed and four cutouts (or indentations) were introduced into it to accommodate the military spare tire carrier and rear seat of the M38.