Originally Posted by knifeboy2
Actually the postal came with more than one engine over it's years. They changed that thing around a lot so when people come with questions it's hard to know what they have unless they tell you. Everyone wants to convert one to 4wd but I think most people would tell you they're not worth it. Jeep has made 4wd vehicles for use as postal vehicles though. There was a CJ-8 with a full hard top used in Alaska with right hand drive. They also had an option in the TJ for right hand drive for postal use.
Yes...the Postals were ordered in "batch" and apparently the line was idle between batch orders. The first two batches were when Kaiser was running things...they used a Chevy II engine and a Powerglide two-speed auto tranny. The third was when the operation was renamed AMGeneral, and they shoehorned the 232 in there with a Borg-Warner "Mickey-Mouse" Rambler transmission (which had been discontinued a few years earlier; apparently AMC had a stockpile)
The next batches had the 232 and later the 258 with TorqueFlites.
After the 1979 fuel crisis the Post Office demanded a four. First a VW four was used (same one that was tried in the Gremlin) and then for the last couple of years the Pontiac Iron Duke. Don't know the tranny but probably a TorqueFlite.
The AMC four was born about the same time the Post Office went to Grumman for aluminum postal vans.
The Postal CJ-8 was a special order; and sadly, none of them were ever sold to the public. As the Post Office was changing over to Grumman, a decision was made to stop selling postal jeeps to the public for "safety" concerns. In true bureaucratic idiocy, the Post Office couldn't differentiate between the tippy DJ-5 and the totally compliant CJ-8, so those were scrapped as well.
The right-hand TJ is not connected to the Post Office. That's a D-C project...they make right-hand drive units for export, and they've taken a few and made them Federally compliant for letter carriers who have to provide their own vehicles, for sale in the States.