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  1. Its time to find another batch of great Comanche projects to feature for our monthly feature, MJ of the Month!! The benefits are mighty! You get to have your truck featured here in our annals and become FB (semi)famous as it is featured on our illustrious page. If you are interested and you think you have what it takes. Drop me a PM and we can talk.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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    Buying a house...

    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
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    1JTWE6577GT135433

    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
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    Buying a house...

    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.
  8. whowey

    Buying a house...

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    One of our own is down

    Hoping things keep looking up for you Don. Someone needs to get back to polishing all that chrome!
  13. 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
  14. This month we veer back onto a bit more traditional path for the MJotM... A truck that has some fairly significant work and modifications on it. It's Swampy's 1988 base model, he affectionately calls Wendy. I guess given the old adage it might be appropriate.... Swampy's 88 build thread: https://comancheclub.com/topic/53661-wendy-88-jeep-comanche-build/ YEAR/MODEL ● 1988 Base, came 2.5l and 4spd ENGINE/PERFORMANCE ● 2.5l 4banger DRIVETRAIN ● Ax15 trans/np231 tcase D30 front and C8.25 rear 3.55 gears front and rear (for now) COOLING ● New stock-style radiator, going to be getting an electric pusher fan added soon ELECTRICAL/IGNITION ● All stock wiring, with new distributer, plugs and cables SUSPENSION/STEERING ● Front: -4.5" Rusty's Offroad coils w/ 1.5" coil spacers -Rough country quick disconnect swaybar endlinks -Adjustable trackbar -Adjustable upper control arms (Cav-fab stage 1) -adjustable lower control arms (Rusty's Offroad) Rear: Soa lift w/ 2wd leaves and stock shackles INTERIOR ● Swapped MJ bench brackets onto xj bucket seats and xj center counsel BRAKES ● Stock style master/brake booster Front brakes are stock componets with extended lines Rear brakes have been swapped from the stock C8.25 drums to KJ 8.25 disc brakes w/ extended lines LIGHTING ● All stock, upgrades are in the near future EXTERIOR ● Painted Predator Green from Monstaliner WHEELS/TIRES ● American Racing 15x8 outlaw ii wheels with 36x12.5x15 super swamper tsl's MISCELLANEOUS ● Still have lots to do, this build is not done by any means, but this is a start Remember That One Time?... Tell Us Your Best MJ Story ● So far my best MJ story has to be the first time I drove it. I got my MJ with a bad internal slave and was never able to drive it. I parked it in the backyard and the build began. 9 months into the build, finished the ax15 swap, got the driveshafts cut to the right lengths, and with a fresh battery I cranked over the MJ. She fired up and when I pushed the clutch pedal in, put it in first and releasig the clutch the jeep started to move, I felt a such a rush of excitment knowing my hardwork paid off. CC is Awesome!... Why Do You Think So? ● CC is awesome because I previously had very little knowledge about jeeps in general much less comanches. The learning curve was steep but all the information on this site helped tremendously. I am still learning and hoping I can contribute just like so many other members
  15. 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!!
  16. Build threads guys! That's the first step to being CotM. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  17. whowey

    92 Turbo, Autocross MJ

    When you get ready to race, let me know. I'm about 4 hours away. I'd love to come see it, shoot the bull and get some pointers on going through tech, etc. I need to bring a cap out to a guy in Iowa anyway.
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    Picking up a new hobby I've always wanted to learn!

    The worst part of the chicom welders is the wire. The wire supplied is hot garbage. Get better wire and clean your work pieces well. Both make big differences in the work you will generate.
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    92 Turbo, Autocross MJ

    Contacting your local club and it's safety officer is really your best bet. The one I spoke to was really helpful for me understanding the differences in classes. And for a general understanding why the XJ/MJ I saw in Auto X were built the way they were and the classes they competed in. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
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    92 Turbo, Autocross MJ

    The SCCA has a large .pdf on their website under the Auto X section about the classes and what is allowed. I was concentrating on the lowest classes as I wanted something fun to play with a few weekends a year, while being able to drive it the rest of the summer. The lowest class 'H' allows only factory available configurations. This includes engine and transmission changes also. Brake modifications are a little more generous in the lower classes. My local SCCA club safety officer helped me determine that a 2wd MJ/XJ would never meet the lowest two classes because drop spindles and/or coil changes aren't allowed. The other side of that coin for you, is that drivetrain changes are limited at the lowest classes. Because you want a turbo, you would automatically have to move to a different class for forced induction. You can really build stuff out in some of those classes. In my case, because I wanted to stay down in H or HS, it was a better decision to get something that wouldn't take a ton of work to get me racing. I ended up buying a Focus and adding the ZX4 suspension to it. Then my oldest shanghai'ed it to drive to college because it got better fuel mileage than her nice safe GM sedan. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  21. whowey

    92 Turbo, Autocross MJ

    That's the box, I was referring to. Basics of it, is that track width must be equal or larger than height. No XJ/MJ meets it by stock specifications. The lowest classes of racing don't allow suspension modifications enough to lower them into compliance either. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  22. whowey

    92 Turbo, Autocross MJ

    I have a SCCA club and a MSCC club local to me. The SCCA affiliated club adheres to the 'box' and classes strictly. No Comanche would be allowed to run on any class stock. But the MSCC club would let a stock 2wd run in the H class if you had a current DOT approved helmet and seat belts. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  23. whowey

    92 Turbo, Autocross MJ

    Check with your local series sponsor as to what their safety requirements are. I find that different sponsors interpret the SCCA 'box' a little different from each other. Hate to see you build it, then have to run in a different class or not be able to run at all. Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
  24. whowey

    Bought a Grand Cherokee

    Having towed about 4k with mine stock with the towing set-up.... 6500 would have been white knuckle scary to pull anywhere with hills.
  25. Do you have a build thread yet? Sent from my SM-S727VL using Tapatalk
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