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Old 11-14-2011, 05:40 AM   #1
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Jeep Dj-5 Mail Jeep

I found a 73 Jeep Dj that cought my intrest. It runs and drives pretty good has some minor rust, could two new front fenders but for the most part it looks pretty good. The guy is asking $800 do you think it is worth it.

My plans: i want to make it 4wd so that means i am gona need a diffrent transfer case and front axel. I have a 4wd donor cj5 that is 4wd. The dj is running 33's right now i plan to put all new suspension on it and run some 35's.

Does anyone have one of these and care to share how the converted it to 4wd.
I will post pics soon.

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:44 AM   #2
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:37 AM   #3
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That thing is pretty cool. Those rims must be at least 12" wide.

So I know nothing about this but what kind of engine/ tranny does it have?

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:29 PM   #4
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It should be fairly easy if you have the donor parts already. Only major thing I can think of is if your donor axle is 'new' enough to have disc brakes, you will need a new master cylinder. My 73 CJ5 had drums all around.
I can't imagine postal keeps being any skinnier than the 5, but if it is, you will need to change the spring perches. The rear axle is probably inferior to the 5s and have different ratios, so hopefully to have that too
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I am not sure of the tranny but i know it has a inline 6
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It's quite likely a 232. They were the only I6 that DJ's came with. The tranny is probably an AMC modified torqueflight 949 .

You absolutely WILL have to change the spring perches. The DJ-5 has leaf springs that are "outboarded" on pins to make it more stable on the road. Most of your CJ suspension parts aren't going to transfer directly.

I would highly recommend disc brakes and an updated braking system. The stock brakes are 4 wheel drums and the master clinder is directly levered to the pedal and has terrible leverage. Stopping those tires with stock brakes would be a good workout

I haven't converted mine yet, but since I bought a JK, the DJ has acquired "toy" status and it's just a matter of time, but I've been toying with it for 10 years and it's a heckuva lot of fun There are probably too many small difference to just list them out, but if you have specific questions, I can probably answer a good portion of em.

As far as being worth it? I paid $400 for mine, and I've spent another thousand or two on materials and toys to mod it with ($300 just for aluminum diamond plate... body armor, dash, etc.), and it is well worth every penny If I park it next to a $100k mega built JK project, twice as many people will look at mine, and 10 times as many people will ask me about it. It's one of those vehicles that is just fun as **** and attracts attention.

almost EVERY single jeep on the road will wave at it

And a few answers to the common questions to get you started-

"where did you get it?"
I set up an ambush at the mailbox and carjacked the mailman.

"is it hard to drive on the right side?"
I don't know, is it hard to drive on the wrong side?

"is that legal?"
No, I have to buy plates and inspection stickers on the black market and all mailmen have to be criminals to get hired.
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Do you have any more photos of your "mail jeep" project? That was awesome.

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those old postal jeeps are cool, I've always wanted one.

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