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  1. Just trying to help you for the next one, or the next guy who wanders across this thread and has an econobox and a budget to match. I assumed that you being in a more civilized area than me, probably have better access to those speciality tools than I do anyway. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  2. Fyi, both Oreillys and Auto Zone have the crimper in their loan a tool program here Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  3. Wal-Mart around here can do the Pats keys for $35. The pressed in hub on the knuckle is supposedly to make assembly faster. I bought a complete assembly when I did ours as i don't really have access to an automotive machine shop anymore. It was about $200 at the time. Crawl underneath and check where the convertor goes into the down pipe. It is bolted with those spring loaded bolts and donut gasket there. I thought it was a cracked or leaking manifold, I found a big chunk of donut gasket missing.
  4. It's a good possibility the harness would break there. It's kinda a strange way it bends there, almost a Chrysler like way. I'm sure it's easier to install that way or uses .0001 cents less wiring. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  5. Our rear hatch switch didn't work. It was absolutely full of road crap/dirt, dried up grease, etc. Once I cleaned it out good and relubed everything it works fine. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  6. Just 3hp is a good increase when you started with 15hp. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  7. Plus that 3/4" suspension lowering on it for extra handling Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  8. That's the sporty model of the older ones Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  9. I think the only colors they came in were red, blue, yellow, white, black and silver. We looked a ton of them and they started to all melt together in my mind from the sameness. Ours has a handcrank sun roof on it. The kid couldn't believe anything ever had a hand crank sunroof. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  10. I have one with the Zetec. The daughter now has it at school. Its an econobox, with the standard econobox stuff. The engine mounts took me about 2 hours to change all three. I put regular rubber ones in both the top mounts and poly inserts into the bottom mount. It REALLY knocked down the weird vibrations in the drive line. The A|C sucks to recharge as the low pressure connection is only accessible through the passenger wheel well. Haven't done a timing belt on it as.. .like you point out, its a non-interference motor, so if it goes, it will get changed then. The next biggest issue is rust. Ours is rusting out in the engine subframe and the uni-body 'frame' rail. Being a southern car, you shouldn't have those issues however. The auto tranny is a like a puddle of mud however... the shifts are very mushy feeling.
  11. whowey

    scam or not...

    I did that also. I broke off more than one or two(only in the Chevy section though ). Stop wrecking my dreams of southern junkyards being filled with rust free gold.
  12. I've bought two foreclosed houses. One from the bank i got the loan from and another from a third party bank. Both times the bank wanted to make the best possible deal for the bank, yes. But and a huge caveat. They could sit on that property and hope someone made a better offer at some point or go to the bargaining table with me and my pre-approved financing. Both times they were willing to bargin with me. The second house, I made a lower offer than another buyer, but having my financing in hand, I could close much more rapidly and the bank took my offer. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  13. whowey


    2.8l auto 4x4. X package. Black on black Chrome trim, door handles, front bumper Factory tow hooks, rear slider In Northern IL awaiting her date with the part out. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  14. I agree.. when I got preapproved, I got a value about twice what I comfortable spending. I could have afforded it, BUT... I would have had to gone with simple things like, lights, hot water and food to pay that much.
  15. Being pre-approved on the mortgage gives you a lot more power in any negotiations, a solid idea of what you can look at, and you will get a lot more attention from the realtor and owners of the property you look at. Sellers become much more receptive when they know they aren't trying to piece together a deal, to have your financing not be approached.
  16. whowey

    scam or not...

    I get that is the trap... The battery is pivoting point. I now have 5 Makita LXT tools, and only 3 batteries. Now I'm looking to add at least three more batteries and a charger this year. The angle grinder really eats up the battery. And I can spend either half a day with a bit and brace, or I can spend 10 minutes doing the same job.... I'll take the quicker time.
  17. whowey

    scam or not...

    I'm not sure I can need a circular saw the saw size as my table saw. But if I was working on timbers, I might.
  18. whowey

    scam or not...

    I got myself the Makita 18v 1100lbs impact wrench from Ebay for about 2/3rds what they are normally. So far it has worked well and I have to say I'm happy. I find myself sliding further into the Makita system however. I would really like to see how well those warmer coats work, without paying for one.
  19. Hoping things keep looking up for you Don. Someone needs to get back to polishing all that chrome!
  20. Anyone else missing the MJ of the Month feature?? I sure miss writing them... Wonder why we haven't seen one??? Well.. we haven't had any submissions. If you want to be considered, its really simple. A. Have a build thread here on CC.com B. Have some cool photos, whether they are in your build thread, or you can send them in. C. Drop me a message and fill out the form we use to give our loyal readers the skinny on your beloved truck D. Wait to bask in the glow of owning the feature truck of the month. 4 simple steps to Comanche greatness and Comanche Club history. Lets get started on the new year with a big bunch of drool worthy Comanches.
  21. Okay... that's pretty nice looking.... Let's get that pesky technical stuff out of the way, so we can go back to drooling over pictures. build thread: YEAR/MODEL ●1990 Comanche Sport ENGINE/PERFORMANCE ● Chevy 5.3 Vortec engine, Novak headers, and Novak Cherokee/Comanche specific engine mounts. DRIVETRAIN ● Chevy 4L65E transmission/231J transfer case, Jeep JK Dana 44 axles front and rear. Front has factory locker COOLING ● Novak heavy duty aluminum radiator w/ 3 electric fans ELECTRICAL/IGNITION ● GM System tied into Comanche fuel and rear taillight harness SUSPENSION/STEERING ● Clayton long arm Radius in front, bastard leaf pack in back with U-bolt eliminator kit. Fox shocks all around. Steering is a stock Jeep Cherokee gear box/pitman arm reamed out to except stock Jeep JK drag link, also stock Jeep JK tie rod INTERIOR ●'99 Jeep Cherokee dash swap, with Autometer gauges to monitor the Chevy motor. The seats will be swapped to the '99 Cherokee seats soon BRAKES ● Stock JK brakes all around, but I need to add a proportioning valve to the rear. LIGHTING ● Start in the front with Truck-lite LED headlights, then LED wrap around pods mounted to the fairlead, red LED rock lights at each corner, then out back I have the stock Comanche taillights and a pair of flush mount LED's in the rear bumper. EXTERIOR ● Front - Early JCR bumper, and I added the winch mount which holds a Warn VR 8000 winch, Rear in a DIY JCR bumper, and Notch Custom Flares to finish the look. WHEELS/TIRES ● Tires are Toyo MT's mounted on 17" AEV Pintler wheels, in the JK bolt pattern MISCELLANEOUS ● Recently painted by me(first vehicle paint job) with the factory paint code, custom diff covers with Detroit Jeepers logo, Bullet lined bed. Remember That One Time?... Tell Us Your Best MJ Story ● My best Story to date is the complete rebuild of the awesome truck. I really haven't had it out too much as the build has taken so long, that I am just starting to get it out to make some memories. CC is Awesome!... Why Do You Think So? ● This site is awesome because everything one needs to know about these awesome trucks is right here in one location. Congrats. Rangel!! I guess we will let you stay will such a nice resto-mod
  22. Build threads guys! That's the first step to being CotM. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  23. whowey

    Memories of Jim

    As many of you know, long time member Jim O'shel passed away this summer. We would like to do a feature on him for the MJotM section. If any of you guys have pictures or stories about Jim(things we can actually post, ya pervs) would you please send them on to PeteM or myself. That way we can collect them and do a memorial feature for the guy. Thanks, Will
  24. This month we bring to you one of my favorite kinds of projects. One that rolls back the years of service and gives a project a great resto-fy. Just enough modifications to help with the age, but keeping all the things that bring back the memories. Here are the details on the project! YEAR/MODEL ● 1991 Comanche Eliminator ENGINE/PERFORMANCE ● 4.0L High Output DRIVETRAIN ● AX-15 transmission, stock D30/D35 axles. 4x4 from the factory. Added Hurst shifter. COOLING ● Stock ELECTRICAL/IGNITION ● Stock SUSPENSION/STEERING ● Replaced shocks and front springs, otherwise stock INTERIOR ● Refit to match original Eliminator specs. When I got the truck it had an aftermarket bench seat, sagging headliner, and a mouse eaten steering wheel. Interior trim was a mix of black and grey. Replaced wheel, carpet and headliner, and found a guy locally who had Eliminator correct buckets and wanted to trade for a bench. Swapped all interior trim for grey. BRAKES ● First job I did on the truck, replaced all brake lines and hardware. Deleted load sensor. Planning to do disc brake conversion in the rear next time the drums wear out. LIGHTING ● Stock, planning on adding fog lights to the front bumper to bring it back to OEM. EXTERIOR ● Full repaint in the original Colorado Red, replaced front bumper and a fender that had been damaged in an accident. Replaced decals with reproductions. WHEELS/TIRES ● Swapped the turbines it came with for Eliminator 10 holes. Goodyear Wrangler tires, 235's MISCELLANEOUS ● The rear bumper was pretty much toast when I got it, couldn't find a decent replacement so I got a JCR Offroad bumper instead. I was also able to source a factory roll bar. Remember That One Time?... Tell Us Your Best MJ Story ● I gotta say, the experience of driving from Philly down to West Virginia to pick up the truck was still one of my favorite experiences. The anticipation and nervousness I felt about starting such a major project disappeared immediately when I pulled up and saw the truck. I fell in love immediately and I still remember everything about that trip incredibly vividly, down to the chill in the air that day. CC is Awesome!... Why Do You Think So? ● You guys are to blame for getting me into this mess! Just joking, but I never would have even started this project without this forum. I was looking for an XJ to fix up and learn to wrench on, then found out about MJ's. I didn't even know they existed, but all the good looks of an XJ up front AND a truck bed in the back? I was sold! Found this forum and read as much as I could to find out what to look for, then stumbled upon the Eliminator for sale not long after. No joke, before I started this thing I had never even changed my own oil! 3 years later and now I'm in the middle of a transmission swap on an XJ. You guys answered every dumb question I had and made it possible for me to do 99% of the work on this truck myself. I've learned so much, met a ton of awesome people both online and in person to buy/trade parts and found a great new hobby that I'll be into for the rest of my life. Thanks CC! I'm really digging that Hurst emblem!!!! And a first place win to boot!!! Matt, a huge thank you for sharing your project with us. (and for having more gray in your beard than me...) Enjoy being our feature MJotM for Sept 18!!
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