Hey everyone, I just recently picked up a CJ5 that the guy said was 1960. I'm having a bit of a confusion as to what year it really is though. The tub has the serial number on ht plaque on the driver's side firewall and reads 57548 93797. The tubs looks to be one of the surplus M38A1 due to the battery compartment in the cowl, split windshield, and wipers on top.
My issue is that Willys started to use VIN numbers (17 characters w/ letters and numbers) in 1962, but the plaque clearly says serial number and only gives 12 numbers. When I look at the VIN/serial decoders, the first 6 numbers match perfect to what the start of the 1962+ vehicles, but does not end in accordance to the rest and clearly it's not a VIN.
I just want to find out what year my Jeep is, any help?