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1968 & 1969 DJ-5 Surrey Gala Ads

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

During the late 1960s, a couple different Jeep dealers in Hawaii offered DJ-5Jeep Surrey Galas for sale. There were at least two different styles of ads published.

In 1967, a Kaiser-Jeep dealership owned by Von Hamm-Young Mercantile, flew the 1968 model of the DJ-5 Gala Jeep to Hawaii. From the story below, it would seem that this may have been the first example of a DJ-5 Gala Jeep arriving in Hawaii. Note that the photo’s caption only describes this jeep as a Gala.

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Over the next two years, the dealer published ads hoping to spur sales. We’ll likely never know how successful sales were, but I’d suspect not too many were sold.

1) The first ad appeared between April and September of 1968. The example shown below was published in the May 30, 1968, issue of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. There are a variety of things that struck me with this ad. First, it’s the first ad I’ve seen for a DJ-5 Surrey/Gala. Second, it is advertised as a “Surrey Gala”, rather than one or the other. Third, it came in six different color schemes. Fourth, later in the year (specifically September 24th in the Hawaii Tribune Herald), Big Island Rambler was the dealer name at the bottom of the ad, with no specific link made to Von Hamm-Young.

Apart from all those points, it’s generally just an odd ad for a vehicle!

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2) This ad appeared multiple times, but only during April of 1969 (I could find no other ads for any other month in 1969), isn’t quite as odd as the 1968 campaign. The ad also doesn’t mention the multiple package options. This particular example was published in the April 4th, 1969, issue of the Honolulu Advertiser.

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1978 DJ-5 JeepRod Lillian, AL$6000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Jeep Rods • TAGS: , .

Here’s a unique project Roger Martin shared.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/316340619334033/

“Male jeep rat truck sitting on Toyota frame has 355 Chevy with 400 turbo ready to drive anywhere new build about 35 miles cell with or without running gear”

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1985 DJ-5 Porterville, CA $2200

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Appears in good shape.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/512919256096829/

“Right hand drive postal jeep excepting cash offers $$$$$$$ serious buyers only”

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DJ-5 Chassis w/ CJ-3B Galvanized Body Salem, OR $2000

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, CJ-3B, DJ-5 & DJ-6, Parts

The DJ-5 has the rear outboard springs. It may have a posi-traction rear. Given much fo the frame is boxed, this could be a good project frame.

https://salem.craigslist.org/pts/d/salem-jeep-cj-3b-high-hood/7108691204.html

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“This is a like- new never installed Jeep CJ 3B tub and used DJ chassis.
The firewall is recessed to allow for a V-8 or different configuration than stock.
The tub and hood are made from galvanized material. The spot welds were covered to avoid oxidation.
The grille is an original one. I have no fenders or other parts.
The chassis is a Jeep DJ or 2 WD one, that is in very good condition, and is included.
Local delivery is negotiable.”

 
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1974 DJ-5 Covington, WA $5000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6 • TAGS: .

Do these make enough money to make a $5000 purchase make sense?

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/kent-1974-dj5-vintage-postal-jeep-ice/7105111679.html

“1974 dj5 vintage postal jeep ice cream truck ready to go make your money freezer included old school music speaker lifetime tabs start your own business, be your own boss, do your own events price to sale”

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1976 DJ-5 Falmouth, MA $2000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: Still Available.

(01/15/2020) Runs and drives.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2964547736897462/

“1976 Postal Jeep Runs great minor choke issue. Fun Jeep!!”

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1985 DJ-5 Porterville, CA $2250

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2250.

(04/11/2020) Appears solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/512919256096829/

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1983 DJ-5 Allegan, MI $2500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Looks solid.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/881980562263927/

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“Wife or Girlfriend tell you your jeep addiction is getting out of control? Dont worry I found you a loophole. When she sees you bring this DJ-5 home she cant say you bought another jeep because gess what… Its an AM General not a jeep. Now your wheels are turning I bet. She will only be pissed for a little as your loophole technically works because she said no more jeeps.

Now for the good stuff. This baby here is a 1983 DJ-5 mail jeep. Shes got one seat already so when you piss the ole lady off dont worry your covered as she can never ride with you. This DJ-5 looks as good as it drives. Purs like a kitten and will get looks all over the place.

So the truth It is a 1983 DJ-5 Manual windows, steering and brakes All lights wipers and powered accessories work as well Has 4 cylinder, automatic 2 wheel drive with AMC 20 rear end.”

 
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1979 DJ-5 Snohomish, WA $1500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

Seems like a good price.

“1979 postal Jeep that was once saved out of a barn and restored by last owner. AMC 232 inline 6 motor Chrysler torque lift 727 transmission 2wd Trackloc New radiator from postaljeep.com 1barrel carb Super fun to drive and get looks down the road. Can drive with doors rolled open as well. Right hand drive so it’s basically a skyline… a yeah.. Starts up every time. Runs great and is nice and warm in the cab. Just put a new battery in it and replaced the starter solenoid. Bought it for 1500 back in October and have barely driven it since. Just looking for what I payed for it. Trying to collect the money to get back to school”

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1973 DJ-5C Layton, UT $2000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Runs and drives.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1851743655125109/

“Here is our awesome postal Jeep we are selling! It is running and such a fun thing to drive! We put it in a new master cylinder and all four wheel cylinders new tires as well! Has the amc 232 in it! Has been waxed to help lock in the authentic look! A great start to a project! Come check it out!”

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Year? DJ-5 JeepRod Franklin, GA $9500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Jeep Rods

If you want something different.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/cto/d/franklin-1960s-ratrod-mail-jeep/7081572584.html

“Mail jeep in the 1960s for trade. It has a 350 motor, automatic transmission, sits on air bags and runs good. For sale or trade for other rat rods, hot rods, or pro streets. This is a one of a kind!”

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1965 Flattie Baltimore, MD $9500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Other 4x4s

This custom 2WD creation is currently being advertised as a 1949 jeep. The axles appear to be from a DJ-5B circe 1972. The centered pumpkin in the rear should help verify this era of rear axle. The body is a reproduction body. The frame could be something from 1965, hence the title. but the DJ-5As weren’t manufactured until 1967.

https://baltimore.craigslist.org/cto/d/baltimore-1949-willys-military-jeep/7080277980.html

“1949 Willys Military Jeep – must see, garaged. Runs and looks great for 71 year old vehicle! Titled as a 1965 for this is when it was released to the public from the US government. Has mount for machine gun. Also have soft top. All military plates still in tack on dash. Have to see to appreciate. $9500 or best offer. May entertain trades.”

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1967 DJ-5 Ivanhoe, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE **SOLD** Was $3400.

Clean little left-hand DJ-5 runabout jeep.

“For sale a 1967 jeep. Has a 4cyl with a automatic transmission so anyone can drive it. It is 2wd. Runs and drives great nothing wrong with it. No doors no top. A bikini top could be added. May consider trade”

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1978 DJ-5 Rio Linda, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1000.

Could be with a look at this price.

“It was my grandads, was a postmaster in oklahoma…no paperwork, right hand drive…will run with little effort, has a new radiator, starter, and rear wheel bearings and seals…4 brand new goodyear all season tires as of 2017.”

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1973 CJ5PEX(?) Ellensburg, WA $5500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6 • TAGS: .

Not sure how the seller came up with the model number “CJ5PEX”. I’d be surprised if this wasn’t a DJ-5. This thing sure has an unusual style.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/582077599000346/

“Sweetie is for sale!!! Start your own ice cream business. Drive the streets, do events, weddings, parties ect! Great and inexpensive chance to own your own business. Inventory available. 6 cylinder motor. Inverter to run freezer. Set up and Ready to go”

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DJ-5 Electruck Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

Thanks to Gayland for sending me this brochure of the Electruck, an electric powered DJ-5E made by AM General.

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1980 DJ-5L Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features

Gayland also sent this standard DJ-5L Dispatcher 100 brochure, form AMG 7-80.

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1974 Custom Jeep Lancaster, CA Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Unusual • TAGS: .

Thanks to Kelso Bob for sharing this unusual creation. I am curious about how the builder went about the Chassis’ ‘Bomb protection’ strategy. It’s not clear if the $40k is a real price or just a place holder.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/558752301516432/

“EXCEPTING OFFERS… This 1974 JEEP AMC was the brainchild of a very creative man. (( Firstly You won’t find another one like this on the planet. Just being honest )).
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY ( COMBAT OR PREPER READY! )
(FIRSTLY) This is the only jeep on the road like this, I repeat the only jeep on the road like this. There is not another on this entire planet, IT WAS BUILT FROM 3 JEEPS, created not purchased. – SHALOW WATER AMPHIBIOUS – RIGHT HAND SIDE DRIVE – SEATS 6 PASSENGERS! – *** SIT ON THE ROOF, GRAB A BEER AND WATCH THE STARS IN THR DESERT *** – Clean title – MUCH BIGGER IN PERSON! SITS 7ft HIGH – Gun racks – Knife Locations – 4WD – 2WD SWITCH – 360 CUBIC “ (5900cc) V8 – 3speed AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION – TVs – GPS – HIGH MOUNTED EXHAUST FOR SHALLOW WATER MOVEMENT – “FULLY ENFORCED CHASIS FOR BOMB PROTECTION” OVER 100k went into creating this jeep.”

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1972 DJ-5 BBQ Athens, TX $2200

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6 • TAGS: .

If you’ve always wanted a DJ-BBQ, this is your chance.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/456308735318558/

“This is a 1972 Jeep grill costume built look close”

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1974 DJ-5 Hyrum, UT **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2000.

(12/03/2019) Runs and drives.

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“1974 Classic DJ5 Postal Jeep. This is a RHD, automatic transmission, postal vehicle. Starts right up! Just replaced the carburetor, all the lights work, tires are in excellent shape, with a nice spare. This vehicle was my husband’s baby but he doesn’t have the time for it anymore. No trades, cash only.”

 
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1978 DJ-5F New Orleans, LA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** 

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“Trading or selling my beautiful 1978 DJ-5F!
It has a straight 6 with 232 ci, 90 hp.
Along with this piece of American motor, you’ll get a set of 4 snow tires and a full spare, the Service Manual, cans of primer, and other miscellaneous bits. I have the original letter platform.

Work that has been done:
-Filters and fluids changed (air, oil, transmission)
-Brakes bled
-Cleaned carburetor
-New front turn signal assemblies installed
-Redone labels for thermometer
-Repaired fuel gauge
-Installed new windshield wiper pump
-Lubricated manual windows
-Lowered gas tank to allow for more rear storage
-Installed kill switch

I have physical and electronic copies of the service manual. If you want to gander at the service manual, email me.

Has been my frequent driver, but times change. I am selling it, because there is no place to install a baby car seat and I have a 2 year old with another on the way.

$3000 OBO. Looking to trade for a Honda Acty Van (which I’d mod the backseat to have seat belts).

Doors currently off the jeep to install new sliding blocks FYI.”

 
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Mail Jeep Article from On All Cylinders

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Blaine spotted this postal jeep article from last year. I’ve added my comments (read corrections) to it, but the author hasn’t approved it as of the writing of this post.

https://www.onallcylinders.com/2018/07/04/neither-snow-nor-rain-a-brief-history-of-the-postal-mail-jeep/#comment-79658

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1974 DJ-5 Greenville, TN **SOLD*

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $2500.

Could be worth a look.

“1974 DJ5 (Dispatch Jeep)..6 cylinder automatic..right hand drive ….It is a 2wd…. NOT 4WD. …runs great..$2500 obo ..located in Greeneville TN”

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1983 DJ-5 Prescott, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $800.

Body appears solid, but will need a rebuilt tranny at the very least.

“Engine runs good, transmission is bad. Needs new brakes. RHD”

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1975 DJ-5 Chino, CA $3000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6

Looks in good shape. Needs battery.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/d/chino-1975-postal-jeep/7020224346.html

“1975 Postal Jeep— new paint job, new glass and seals, new slide doors track bearings, nice seats. 232 six cylinder with automatic trans ran ok before we started paint job. Needs battery so won’t run right now. This was a project for dad that he didn’t finish. That’s up to you. Front windshield is new but not put in”

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