LS Mail Delivery 1978 DJ-5
This 1978 DJ-5 Postal Jeep now delivers large packages of fun in the dirt
The Jeep was marketed as a utilitarian vehicle when it hit civilian soil after World War II. With things like auxiliary power take-off equipment available, Jeeps were truly capable of just about anything. On the battlefield and in the farmer's field, the Jeep proved itself time and time again. As if that wasn't enough, there was one more call to duty in store for the Jeep—delivering the U.S. mail.
This old mail Jeep ran postal routes for decades before being retired from government service and put out to pasture. There it sat, baking under the Texas sun—until one day when Tim Jackson was on the hunt for a new project. He stumbled upon a pair of postal Jeeps that had a buy-one-get-one-free contingency to them. Before anyone could twist his arm, Tim had those Jeeps loaded up and back in his shop to be reincarnated. One year and lots of wrenching hours later, this is what rolled out of the garage.
The engine bay is stuffed with a Chevrolet 6.0L LS V-8 that has been stroked out to 408 ci (6.7L), thanks to some help from Westside Machine in Houston, Texas. Once the block was back from the machine shop, Tim did the engine assembly and stuffed it with a bunch of trick parts to make this pig scoot! That is quite appropriately what gives this Postal Jeep the fast nickname—L.S. Mail.
Why This Jeep?
Aside from the crawler parts on Tim's Jeep, it hasn't taken on wild buggy looks. It's still a Postal Jeep. Tim's inspiration for the build? To have a low initial investment. When a Jeep CJ that wasn't a pile of rust couldn't be sourced for an affordable price, the Postal Jeeps were had for cheap. The final result is a masterpiece in mail delivery.
Vehicle: 1978 Jeep DJ-5
Engine: Chevy 6.0L LS V-8 stroked to 6.7L (408 ci), Nitrous Express 150hp shot
Transmission: TH400 automatic with manual valvebody, billet input shaft and forward hub, dual hydraulic modification, upgraded sprags
Transfer Case: Atlas, 4.3:1 low-range ratio, twin-stick shifters
Axles: 2005 Ford Dana 60, 4.88 gears, Yukon Grizzly locker, custom-built truss, Artec hydro ram mount, Artec high steering knuckle kit (front); GM 14-bolt, 4.88 gears, spool, custom-built truss (rear)
Suspension: 110-inch wheelbase, custom triangulated 4-link suspension, RuffStuff joints, 14-inch ORI struts
Wheels: 17x9-inch Battle Born Bootlegger beadlocks
Tires: 39x13.50-17 BFGoodrich Red Label Krawlers
Other Cool Stuff: Righthand drive, homemade front tube fenders and rear corner protection, full rollcage tied into frame, mail pouch