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How's everyone doing, I'm new to this forum and finally bought a comanche after searching for a few months. I've owned a few zj's and have a xj as a dd currently. I have high hopes for this build and we shall see where it takes me, can't say I have a budget since its a JEEP

Bought it from a member here on CC for $900 and got beat up on the shipping costing me a total of $1525 to my door. Needs a trans seal to get it running ( trans in bed )

Specs
1990 comanche pioneer lwb
174k auto 4x4 355 gears
Solid frame
Newer engine with 85k
Roll bar
Needs rockers and some body work


Here are some pics

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My xj in the background

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Took the bench seat carpet and some trim out

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What a pitta the lower seat belt bolts are

Mostly surface but has a couple poke through spots on the drivers side

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Passengers side mostly surface and nothing too major


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Comanhe- $900
Shipping- $625
Cost to date- $1525

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Made some small progress on the mj

 

swapped the doors from a 99 cherrokee ( still need the door strickers )

 

The Donor Doors

 

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Before

 

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After

 

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Another after pic, Must of delete the before pic :doh:

 

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Still have to line up the body lines, and wire everything up but is comming along slowly

 

 

This weekend i will finish up sanding up he passengerside floor Monstaline the interior and start on fixing and doing the wiring

 

Anyone have a good write up on column to floo shift? The tranny is being refreshed this week and i would like to do this swap before the carpet goes in

 

 

Doors- Free from work :thumbsup:

Cost to date - $1525

 

Will add in the other parts i have as i install them

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Made some good progress on the MJ today

spotted this little jem at my work and will be working on the price with the boss, will hopefully have it at the house this weekend comming up

no rott or rust anywhere just a dent on the lower rear corner

 

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Sold the rims/tires and front brush guard the manche came with for $160

 

The first 3 came off like butter, the 4th was stripped and would not come out. ending up drilling the studs to get it off

 

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will be replacing with zj studs since i will be doing discs in the rear at some point

 

Got the bed off :) what a pitta lifting by yourself

 

Some 5.9 zj rims i tossed on, had left over from a part out, will use for rollers

 

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Little present from the PO

 

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Happy to say the frame is rott free with some flakey undercoating and minor surface rust

 

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Misc picture of the load sesing valve, will be eliminating when i redo the brakes

 

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Do these leafs look correct? seem kinda funny with banna shape they have

 

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made some more progress on the passenger side floor, alot of rust but no holes bigger then a skittle lol

 

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Bed removal was pretty straight foward, with no broken bolts ( soaked them all in crc freeze off for two days ) Gas tank had new hardward which was great and made it easy and even came with a little over a quarter tank :)

 

Making some progress and will hopefully have her in the garage so i can work on it at night after work

 

 

next weekend i will get the frame and under carriage pressure washed, and weather permitting get the monstaline rolled on :banana:

Previous total - $1525

Parts sold- $160

Cost to date- $1365

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Made some small progress on the manche today, Got the frame and under carriage all pressure washed, still have a few more spots to hit i missed

 

In the process

 

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No rott, Just som minor surface rust and flakey unde coating

 

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Tomarrow i have some grinding, sanding and some prep work before the monstaline goes on ;)

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Looking good dude. What happened to that leaf?

 

I bought the jeep like that, does not appreared to be lifted. But would like to correct it or get a replacement pair

Any ideas why it's shaped like that?

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Yep, It's an overload spring. Love the truck. There is one on CL here in OK that looks exactly like yours. Same color scheme and same bar in the bed.

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Hah that's funny, Comanches are scarce around here, is that overload spring stock?

Thanks

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Been awhile since ive updated my build, Stripped the front end of its sheet metal 2 weeks ago, and Finally made some real progress last weekend and got the engine pulled, figured it would be easier to replace the exhaust manifold, motor mounts ect and paint the engine bay with the engine out the way.

First time pulling a motor and it went fairly good with a few broken items but nothing too major

 

 

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Gave the engine a quick bath and who would have knew my block is blue lol

 

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Been a little nervous putting all this time and money into this engine that i never head run since the trans was in the bed when i bought it.

 

Takes a small edge off of things knowing it was rebuild at sometime

 

 

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And the engine bay after a pressure wash

 

 

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Tomarrow i will start on replacing gaskets and some engine goodies :) more pictures to come tomarrow

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Love the progress you're making. Can't say I've ever seen a 4wd with an auto on the column. Great work!

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Love the progress you're making. Can't say I've ever seen a 4wd with an auto on the column. Great work!

 

Thanks I've been debating on doing a floor shift swap, but kind of like the old school column shift lol

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Thanks I've been debating on doing a floor shift swap, but kind of like the old school column shift lol

 

Long live the column shifter!

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With bucket seats it makes no difference but with a bench seat and a column shift your sweetie can sit closer. If you want a floor shift find a XJ with same auto, AW4 and the swap will be a P&P.

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Long live the column shifter!

:agree: Always liked column shifts, I feel strange every time I drive something that doesn't have one.

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Starting to clean up the motor one side at a time, Got the intake and exhaust manifold pulled ( to my suprise all the bolts came out very easy )

 

 

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Knew the exhaust manifold was cracked and prevously welded a few times

 

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Time for an upgrade, picked up some pacesetter headers off ebay a few months back for $147.50 shipped

 

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Quick coat of paint since they had some paint chips from being moved around. ( also painted the motor mount )

 

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Cleaned and painted the intake manifold and heat shield

 

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Block after a cleaning and some paint

 

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Throttle cable bracket cleaned and painted as well

 

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Painted the bolts and will have to swap the washers with the new ones that came with the headers ( forgot all about them till i called it a day )

 

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Shinned up the brass fittings with a wire wheel

 

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Exhaust mocked up

 

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All assembled

 

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Hopefully i can find a good egr tomarrow from the jy, Apparently the egr tube needs to be modified to fit the headers, its off by a solid 5/8 and need to get the one bolt in behind tube 4. Think i will try to grind it down some

 

Previous total - $1365

Headers $147.50

Cost to date- $1512.50

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Hope that motor runs after all that hard work. But I just started my rebuild on my 92 and I'm sticking money into something that Ive never driven. Good Luck

 

I hear ya deffently a gamble, but the owner i bought it from was pretty on the money as far as what was wrong with the jeep, so i have my fingers crossed

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Had another good weekend on the comanche and made some more progress on the engine

 

Pulled some accessories off the front

 

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Did not take too many before pictures, but here are some of the almost finished product

 

New Waterpump and painted pullys

 

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Upgraded the fan clutch with one from a 98 ZJ and painted the fan

 

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New high flow thermostate housing and 180 degree stat

 

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Cleaned and painted the a/c compressor and brackets

 

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Picked up a new to me valve cover from work, Nice upgrade

 

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Upgraded the oil temperature sensor for when i do the gauge cluster swap

 

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Front assembled

 

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Changed the plugs and wires and they sent me the wrong cap and rotor http://comancheclub.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/fist shake 1.gif

 

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Not too bad for a few hours of work

 

Still need to swap injectors

Add a second coat of paint to the valve cover and install

Wait for the brown santa to bring me alternator

Order a new cap and rotor

Change oil pan gasket and paint/clean

decide what to do with my throttle body ( really want to add the h.o one )

Swap in water temp sensor for futue gauge swap

I know I'm forgetting a few other items on the to-do list

 

If theres anything else i should swap out or upgrade feel free to chime in

 

Previous total - $1512.50

Water Pump- $30.00

High Flow Thermostat $50.85

Zj Fan Clutch- $44.95

Autolite Plugs- $9.00

Taylor wires - $43.95

Valve Cover- Work Perk

Cost to date - $1691.25

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Looks awesome you can tell by the first pic you placed in the post! Huge difference in the look of the engine....

 

Thanks it's coming along, not as quick as a prefer but should look good when all done :)

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