LS Mail Jeep

wesmade

Supporting Member
I started a new project. This is for a friend. Last year at a G6 he asked about making a replica of the LS Mail Jeep. I had no idea so Dr Google helped me out.

A year later, at a G6, we agreed get started on the build. After lots of research and my friend picking the chassis, a VS410, I got started.

This will be a mix of scratch building and vacuum forming. The body is pretty simple, but has iconic lines that everyone can recognize. That makes fudging something a lot harder.

Here is what I have so far. I?m super excited about this build. A fun thing is the owner of the actual LS Mail Jeep reached our and likes what is happening so far. He offered to help with pics and details which is a huge help. I have some shots of the Jeep that you just can?t find on the internet.

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joe122

Well-known member
Another awesome build to follow! Love the process, also love that LS Mail Jeep!!!
 

PendulumRC

New member
Very cool! I remember these driving around as a kid. I wonder why the front grille isn’t flat on these? A feeble attempt at making a brick more aerodynamic?
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
This is a Jeep I can love.

i agree, its a very cool look!

This will be very fun!

I am hoping so, and with the VS410 it should be pretty capable.
Another awesome build to follow! Love the process, also love that LS Mail Jeep!!!

Thanks, this one seems to be falling together.

Very cool! I remember these driving around as a kid. I wonder why the front grille isn’t flat on these? A feeble attempt at making a brick more aerodynamic?

Part of doing these builds is doing a lot of research. The nose is that way so the USPS could get a bigger engine in the Jeep. They wanted a bigger engine, but didn't want to do a redesign of the entire Jeep. I forget which engine they went to but this extra amount gave them what they needed.
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
I agree! Its always tough for me to pick a project, since there are so many cool ones out there. I really like it when others pick for me.

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Willys Wheeler

New member
The forward grill was to fit AMC's inline 6 engines in place of the inline 4 used initially. At the same time regular CJ 5s and 6s got a longer hood and fenders than the earlier models so that the longer I6 engines would fit.
 

Frizzen

Member
Can't wait to see how the Jeep DJ comes out!

I thought those originally ran either the Go-Devil or gm Iron-Duke engines?
 

PendulumRC

New member
The nose is that way so the USPS could get a bigger engine in the Jeep. They wanted a bigger engine, but didn't want to do a redesign of the entire Jeep. I forget which engine they went to but this extra amount gave them what they needed.

Wow, interesting! That makes it even cooler.

The forward grill was to fit AMC's inline 6 engines in place of the inline 4 used initially. At the same time regular CJ 5s and 6s got a longer hood and fenders than the earlier models so that the longer I6 engines would fit.

I never knew that! I had a CJ7 with the inline 6, I just assumed the hood and fenders were the same as earlier models, and just the body tub got longer on the 7. Thanks guys. :biggthumpup:
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
The forward grill was to fit AMC's inline 6 engines in place of the inline 4 used initially. At the same time regular CJ 5s and 6s got a longer hood and fenders than the earlier models so that the longer I6 engines would fit.

thanks for the info!

Can't wait to see how the Jeep DJ comes out!

Yeah, I'm thinking this will be another nice one. So far things are just falling together.

I thought those originally ran either the Go-Devil or gm Iron-Duke engines?

We used to call the carry-deck crane a Go-Devil where I once worked. Nobody knew why, but maybe cause it resembled an early Jeep.
 

wesmade

Supporting Member
Making a little progress on the Jeep. I have 5 active builds and every single one of them is waiting on something! My luck it will all show up on the same day and I will have a freak out as which one to work on first.

Anyway, I can still get a little more done on the Jeep body. Here is what I added. The lights are 12v automotive and waterproof. They can be wired directly into 3s. I have these in a few trucks and you can see a good 25 to 30 feet ahead of the truck.

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wesmade

Supporting Member
Spent the last two days making the roll cage for the Jeep. Pretty happy with how it came out. It not exactly like the real one, but pretty close. I had to make a few concessions due to its size and materials used.

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