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Going Postal

Going Postal
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Jim Stuart of Enid, Okla. followed his mom into a postal career. Since he also helps out at Stone Cold Customs - a rod shop - in his hometown, he decided to “go postal” with his latest car-building project.

“I decided to create a hot rod out of mom’s 1972 Jeep right-hand-drive post office van,” he told Hot Rod Hotline. Along the way, the former red, white and blue with sliding door became a white and red testimony to his mother’s long career with Uncle Sam’s delivery service.

“She used this very Jeep for many years delivering mail on a rural route in Oklahoma,” Stuart explained. ”It was driven through rain, sleet and hail and always did its job very well.

When Stuart’s mom retired three years ago, he was able to get hold of the van. He dropped it down close to the ground, added shiny 5-spoke wheels and stuffed a 383-cid stroker V-8 under the hood.  He backed up the horsepower with a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. The end result was a real special delivery vehicle that got mom’s stamp of approval.

Stuart painted the body white and added a unique touch by finishing the bottom side of the hood and the interior in color-matched white Scorpion liner material. That’s a spray-in bedliner and sound deadening product manufactured by Scorpion coatings. The bottom side of the Jeep is finished in color-matched Scorpion liner as well.

The hot rod postal van made its debut at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It was one of six vehicles that Stone Cold Customs has taken to SEMA in the last five years. We caught up with the Jeep at The Shop Show in Indianapolis. Stuart trailered it 13 hours to get there. He said that the trip was worth it because different people, including many from the East Coast, got to see it in Indy. “We had a chance to make new contacts,” he said.