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#1 Alexia

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:58 PM

I bought this 1987 Comanche 4.0 Manual 2WD from RockinMJ today, 2012-03-04. It is having a starting issue that appears to be a bad fuel pump or electrical to the pump. We had a fun time getting it up on the trailer after the ratchet straps failed to help. Since it had a fresh battery and could crank I hopped in, put it in first gear, and used the starter motor to get it up on to the trailer. Even worked to get it off and backed into the garage!(With a few stops to recharge.)

I consider myself the Jeep medic. I find a Jeep in need of love and healing, bring it home, and begin a long process of restoring it. Last year I found a deer collision XJ that I rebuilt the front end and redid the entire interior. Since this is a Comanche and quite rare now I plan to keep this one around. This is going to be a complete tear down and rebuild. There is some light surface rust across the roof and hood. The rest of the body has only one small dent that a is a simple fix, a lightly dented bed corner hidden by the bed liner, and a small bulge on the bottom of the tail gate that will take me less than a minute to fix with a hammer. The under side of the cab and bed look to be rust free. I am expecting a bit of light surface rust under the carpets.

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  • 1997+ XJ Conversion(So cliche, but so worth it.)
  • 4.7 Stroker with Supercharger
  • JCR Offroad Front Bumper - Already delivered and waiting for paint.
  • LineX Bed Liner
  • 4WD Conversion - Donor is 4WD and have a NP242 ready to swap for full time 4WD.
  • D44 Rear Axle

To Do After Drive Train Installation
  • Adjust front axle caster angle and alignment.
  • Adjust sway bar angle.
  • Torque front suspension to specifications.

Before First Drive
  • Verify brakes are bled.
  • Verify parking brake is adjusted and works.


That's a nice Jeeeeeep you have there. Be a ssssshame if something happened to it.
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Inching it back into the garage with the starter.
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Did not even have it in the garage yet and I was already working on it.
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1997 Jeep Comanche - 4.7L Supercharged Stroker - 5.5" Lift - 32" Tires - Build Progress
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

#2 Exxon Valdez Jeep

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 12:38 PM

Did you tow it home with a TJ?

and oh yeah :wavey:
"Of course its safe officer, I built it myself!"
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#3 Alexia

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 01:48 PM

Did you tow it home with a TJ?

and oh yeah :wavey:


LJ - It worked out well enough.
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

#4 Alexia

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:03 AM

This is a 25 year old floor that has been water logged for a while.
The nasty moldy, slimy, and stinky carpet has already been tossed out in the trash bin. I will certainly have this floor cleaned, rust removed, and sealed by the end of the week while doing other things.

Two items I learned removing the interior.

[*:d77g95l8]The B pillar lights disintegrate on contact.
[*:d77g95l8]Lots of old brittle plastic bits.
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1997 Jeep Comanche - 4.7L Supercharged Stroker - 5.5" Lift - 32" Tires - Build Progress
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:47 AM

That truck seems pretty clean. A great base to start your build from.

Nice looking LJ as well!

#6 Alexia

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:40 AM

That truck seems pretty clean. A great base to start your build from.

Nice looking LJ as well!


Thanks! :D

I am a pouncing tiger when it comes to deals. I just arrived back from Tennessee scoring a 1997 XJ donor for $500. I drove to meet the owner at 12:30AM as it was first come first served. I go back later today to pick it up with a trailer. It is wrecked in the rear, which is perfect! Also it is 4WD so the MJ will be converted in the process.
1997 Jeep Comanche - 4.7L Supercharged Stroker - 5.5" Lift - 32" Tires - Build Progress
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

#7 mvusse

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:09 AM

What is all that metal that was under your carpet? Is that one of those mythical "floors" I've heard about?
87 Comanche Pioneer 4.0 4x4 auto, Wilbur. 6.5" lift, Aussie lockers, Jawz JP Customs winch bumper, XRC10 winch and 35x12.50 Maxxis Mudders. Lots of cutting, lots of rust(holes), lots of dents.
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96 Cherokee Sport 4.0HO, Sparkles. mild lift, 32s, 2wd converted to Selec-Trac. Built for my daughter.

#8 RockinMJ

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:59 AM

Sweet deal on the xj. If you find anymore you need to hook me up. I can't find any deals like that.

#9 Alexia

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:37 AM

Sweet deal on the xj. If you find anymore you need to hook me up. I can't find any deals like that.


This was a posted on Craigslist and have to jump on it immediately scenario since the owner already had several people call to come today.(So I came in the NIGHT! Mwuahaha!) There are more damaged front end pieces than I would like, but it has the majority key critical pieces such as drive train and interior.
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

#10 Alexia

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

What is all that metal that was under your carpet? Is that one of those mythical "floors" I've heard about?


It was a factory option. :D
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:22 PM

The license department at the court house is a giant troll. They want me to bring the donor XJ to the court house to make sure the VIN matches since it is an out of state transfer. Guess I am taking up two parking spots with a trailer!
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:25 PM

I picked up a donor 1997 XJ for $500 plus my $170 in costs to go get it. The owner is a true Jeep lover and was really sad to see it go. Unfortunately it was beyond reasonable repair. Even I would not attempt to repair it! It was hit at 60mph in the right rear which sent the XJ spinning air born slamming the right fender into a truck waiting to turn. Luckily for my donor needs the passenger door is untouched! I promised that all the useful parts would go on to be used in other Jeeps and that the carcass would be properly recycled.

My goal is to be ready to pull the entire drive train from the XJ by next weekend. I am fairly close to this goal.

Bunch of MJ Interior Pieces. Anyone want to trade their grey interior for burgundy red?
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Donor XJ inside my tiny garage. Notice my space saving by putting the lawn mower under the rear.
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One good fender removed. Will have to source a hood, right fender, and header panel still.
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It took a lot of wrestling to get the XJ dash out. They are lot heavier than the previous generation and better secured.
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More front end disassembly! The entire front wiring harness, lights, and grill inserts are fine. Only a new header panel will be needed.
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Sort of touched the MJ. It can wait a bit.
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

#13 Alexia

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:23 AM

This is how I deal with stubborn Torx bolts in the door. Just cut the hinge off!
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Dash removed from the Comanche. Lots of little pieces of brittle plastic broke as it came apart.

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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:07 PM

Lot more off both Jeeps. Drive train is about ready to be pulled from the XJ.
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HVAC unit removed from the XJ! No pressure in the AC system so this was a simple unbolt and yank. Passenger side door cut off as well.
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Getting everything cleaned up in the living room and storing it in an empty closet.
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Plastic containers for various parts from each Jeep. All labeled with labeled plastic bags for fasteners.
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:20 PM

I know these pictures tend to be boring, but stripping vehicles is long and boring!

Dehatched
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Deinteriored 1
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Deinteriored 2
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Space Saving, Storing the Hood and Hatch under the Jeep!
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Bunch of useful parts coming off.
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Useful interior parts, but someone else will get them.
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:48 AM

I have been slowly cutting the Cherokee apart to recycle the carcass. As well, I will be cutting around the frame rails to make a drive train stand to work on the parts.

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One big Jeep and a few minutes later I have a taco roof.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

Alex you going to come down and help me do my conversion when I get my 97 and up cherokee. You should be a pro by then.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:25 PM

Alex you going to come down and help me do my conversion when I get my 97 and up cherokee. You should be a pro by then.


Ha! The 1997+ XJs have a lot of sanity in their design so they are easy to disassemble. Electrical harnesses that easily come apart and are physically separated by compartment. The harnesses under the hood separate easily into an engine section, upper fire wall, and light harness. I have absolutely everything labelled down to tiny details and have individual fasteners taped to the matching part. If you need help, just ask!

I have Euramtec B-Pillar lights coming in the mail. I also have a newer 1998-2001 full gauge cluster shipping out soon with about 50,000 miles on it. I will have to rewire the dash connectors slightly for the 1997 dash wiring to support the newer cluster.(Just swapping a couple wires between connectors, simple!)

My friend/coworker is doing a garage crawl this weekend with me. Going to get some engines pulled and I will be out helping him wiring up his drift car.
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2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires

#19 RockinMJ

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:06 PM

Yeah I found a sweet deal on a 97 called on it while I was at work and it was gone by the time I got off work the next day. Just gonna keep my eyes open for another sweet deal.

#20 Alexia

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:32 AM

Just making a list of parts I need to buy.

Header Panel
http://www.quadratec...2503_802_07.htm

Right Fender
http://www.quadratec...2502_806_07.htm

Bushwacker Flares
http://www.quadratec...2506_801_07.htm

Engine Mounts, Transmission Mount, Black Carpet, Heater Core, AC Dryer, Accessory Belt, Carpet(ACC Part # 116387CUTPILEMB)
http://www.rockauto.com/

Square of Black Carpet for rear interior board.
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Chrysler 8.25 Spring Perches
MOPAR P4120074 - Dealership

Metric Ton Leaf Springs
http://www.hellcreeksuspensions.com/

Air box lid, Fuse box lid, and a few other interior parts.
http://www.daveysjeeps.com/

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1999+ Intake
New head bolts
Gasket Set
New Power Steering Pump Bracket
1997 Jeep Comanche - 4.7L Supercharged Stroker - 5.5" Lift - 32" Tires - Build Progress
2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Electric Lime Green - Savvy/Currie 3" Lift - 35" BFG AT K/O Tires