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1972 Jeep Postal- A Family Affair

Going Kustom in a Postal Jeep

Grant Cox
Sep 29, 2015
Photographers: Grant Cox
For Jim Stuart, growing up watching his mother drive a United States Postal Service Jeep day in and day out through all types of weather conditions was a way of life. As the years went on the Jeep that she personally owned and maintained became like a member of the family. After 40 years of service with the USPS she held on to the mail Jeep that she worked so hard in. Jim had created visions in his mind of one day customizing mom's Postal. So when it was time for Jim to step up to and make something totally custom out of the stock Jeep, he was ready and willing to introduce his hot rod influence.
Photo 2/10   |   1972 Jeep Postal Driver Side Front View
The first thing to do was tear out the old worn-out six-cylinder engine to make room for the healthy 383 stroker he had planned. Since the body had seen every type of weather elements known to man, it was showing heavy signs of rust. Jim went to work on replacing panels and, in doing so, ended up chopping the roof and sectioning the body to achieve an ultralow stance.
Photo 3/10   |   1972 Jeep Postal David Adams Seats
Next, the old chassis was put to the side while Jim formed up a custom replacement to make a strong backbone for his build. Once finished up with the metalwork, Jim sent off the chassis and body to his good friend Ben Bland of Ben Bland Customs to have him work his paint magic. Soon Jim had both parts of his build back from paint and it was time to call in the stereo master David Adams of Kicker Audio to install some serious beats and custom one-off seats. Then, Gary Gililand went to work on wiring up the Painless wiring kit.
Photo 4/10   |   1972 Jeep Postal Passenger Side Profile
With the collaboration of his car club family, Negative Camber, Jim was able to put the Jeep back together in its highly modified form. Once Jim showed off his finished hot rod-styled Jeep to his mom, she immediately fell in love with it all over again. Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1972 Jeep Postal
Owner and City/State: Jim Stuart; Enid, OK; Owner of Stone Cold Customs
Club Affiliation: Negative Camber
Photo 8/10   |   1972 Jeep Postal Chevy 383
Chassis
Custom hand-formed 1/4-inch steel
Front Suspension: tubular control arms, Slam Specialties 'bags, 3/8-inch line, Little Larry's valves
Rear Suspension: Four-link with Watt's link, Slam Specialties 'bags, AVS air tanks, Digital AVS gauge, Viair 380 compressors
Shocks: Monroe
Brakes: Wilwood front and rear, Kugel Street Rods under dash brake booster
Drivetrain
Chevy 383 built by Sam at East Side Auto, Flowmaster 21/2-inch exhaust, Visual Impact Performance Billet pulley system, Edelbrock dual carbs, Taylor wires and Taylor Prototype Billet Distributor, Fluidamper Balancer
Transmission: Turbo 400 with shift kit, custom driveshaft
Rearend: 10 GM Bolt, narrowed 14 inches with Moser axles by Holzman Racing
Photo 9/10   |   1972 Jeep Postal Interior
Body:
Handmade steel panels, chopped 5 inches, body sectioned, handmade bumper and rollpan by Stone Cold Customs. Philbuilt Design one-off badges, paint by Ben Bland Customs, PPG white on body, DuPont red on chassis, pinstriping by Jimmy Marker
Interior:
Handbuilt polished stainless dash, gas and brake pedals by Stone Cold Customs, handmade seats by David Adams, Intro steering wheel, interior floor sprayed white by Scorpion Coatings, Auto Meter gauges, polished Ididit steering column, Painless wire kit, Lokar taillights and shifter
Stereo: Kicker PXiRCX emote unit, Kicker Separates, 800.5 Kicker amp and Kicker 12-inch subs installed by David Adams at Kicker, Kinetik batteries
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 15x8 and 16x10, Intro V-Rod
Tires: 195/50R15, 225/45R16, Toyo Proxes
Special Thanks: Mom, Chance, Max, Jimmy, Richard, Sam, Gary, David, Tim, Adam, Kvon, Ben, Gary, Clay, HC, Scott, Jarrod, Skaggs, Hoopie, Frazee, Von and Jason Billings, Cooter, Thomas, sis, Grant and family
Photo 10/10   |   1972 Jeep Postal Moon Roof

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