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Jeep DJ Postal / Dispatch Jeep / Surrey Gala Package

The Jeep Dispatcher, or DJ, was a two-wheel-drive variant of the CJ series. It was produced from 1955 to 1984.

The Postal/Dispatch Jeep came in two basic models, the DJ-3A and the DJ-5. The DJ-3A was a flat fender Jeep primarily designed as a postal Jeep.  It was similar to the CJ-3A except it was two wheel drive model.

 

 


DJ-3A
The DJ-3A was introduced in 1955. It used the body style of the older CJ-3A, along with the 3A's L-134 engine. Unlike the CJ-3A, It had a column shifted three-speed manual transmission. It was offered with many different body options including a soft top, hard top, or even a full van body.

 

 

Surrey Gala Package - 1955-1964 DJ-3A

In 1959, a Surrey Gala model was introduced. This model was intended for use by resorts, usually for rentals. They usually came in pink, although light blue and light green were also available. It came with a standard striped fabric top, as well as a fabric cover for what was advertised as a "Continental tire mount."

More about the Surrey Gala Package - 1959-1964 DJ-3A

DJ-5 and DJ-6
The DJ-3A was replaced by the DJ-5 Dispatcher 100 in 1965. It was based on the CJ-5 and used the Hurricane and Dauntless engines. A long-wheelbase DJ-6 model was built from 1965 to 1973.


 

DJ-5A through DJ-5M
The DJ-5A, a right hand drive Postal/Dispatch Jeep was introduced in 1967.

While resembling the M38A1/CJ series, it was built as a completely-enclosed, rear-wheel drive vehicle, with sliding doors (which could be opened while driving). One improvement over earlier Jeeps was mounting the rear springs outside the frame rails, thus providing for greater stability for the vehicle with its more top-heavy enclosed cargo area, especially at highway speeds.

Models through 1970 used a standard CJ front end, with a 4-cylinder Chevrolet Nova engine and 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. In 1971, it was changed to the unique 5-slot grille used only on postal Jeeps, which gave more room for the AMC Straight-6 engine and radiator. AMC's wholly owned subsidiary, AM General, used a variety of powerplants during the 1980s. DJ production was ended in 1984 with the DJ-5M, which used AMC's 150ci 4cyl.

 

The DJ-3A was produced from 1956 until 1965. In 1965, the DJ-5 was introduced and became the postal Jeep most people recognize today.  Many  of the DJ-5 Jeeps are still in use today in rural America.  Jeep also produced a longer version of the DJ-5 called the DJ-6 and was produced from 1965 until 1968. The DJ-5 was made by Jeep into the early 70s and production continued under AM General.  DJ production years were:  DJ-3A - 1956 through 1965.  DJ-5 - 1965 through 1972.  DJ-6 - 1965 through 1968.

Postal Jeep Model Information over the past 30+ years

DJ-3A (1955-64): Four cylinder L-head, three speed manual
DJ-5 (1965-67): Four cylinder L-head, three speed manual
DJ-5A (1968-70): Chevy four cylinder, Powerglide automatic
DJ-5B (1970-72): AMC 232 I-6, B-W T-35 three speed automatic
DJ-5C (1973-74): AMC 232 I-6, T-35 or M-11 automatic
DJ-5D (1975-76): AMC 232 I-6, 727 TorqueFlite automatic
DJ-5F (1977-78): AMC 232 I-6, or 258 I-6, TorqueFlite automatic
DJ-5G (1979): Audi 121 four cylinder, 904 TorqueFlite automatic
DJ-5L (1982): Chevy or Buick 151 four cylinder, Chrysler 904 transmission
CJ-8 (1984): Used in Alaska only 258 I-6, Chrysler 999 transmission

Surrey Gala Package - 1959-1964 DJ-3A
 

 
 

 

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