Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Vakarian

  • Rank
    Comanche Fan

Profile Information

  • Gender

Recent Profile Visitors

403 profile views
  1. Well truck has been down and set on front jack stands. Pulled in the driveway after work and more coolant poured out onto the ground. So out of frustration, I lift the front end and pulled the front axle out. Turns out after getting the axle out I noticed a lot replacing need to take place. So with that new bearing hubs and bolts, ball joints and upper control arm mounts were ordered because they were royally shot on the axle. Also planning on getting new calipers and rotors as the passenger side seemed ot have locked up on the rotor making a nice plateau. While waiting on the axle to get reared geared, I returned to finishing up the transmission. All the internals all back together waiting for the housing to go back on. The following pictures are before I completed putting the detente balls and springs back in. Otherwise I have been working on setting up a new relay box to handle the new lights within the bumper as well as later upgrades since currently the fog light wiring is tired down but is so unclean. I have been enjoying them till the axle got yanked out. First picture below is as I drive down my driving heading to work, while the second is on the main road. Well that is all for now while I continue to figure out why my truck keeps loosing coolant and work to replace the heater core and evaporator in my finance's Cherokee. Otherwise, have a great day everyone.
  2. Finally was able to get the Dana 44 re-geared by a local fellow I was recommended. The previous owner had started to do some work on it and took the brake drums to the dump, so I decided to covert the axle to rear disk brakes. I bought a kit online since the local junkyards were charging a large penny for the parts and for a little more could get new parts. Don't mind the messy garage, in the works of organizing, but my girlfriend got me differential covers as a gift. I saw a discussion and links on here regarding different covers for axles and I left the tab open. Well the kit for the disk brake conversion aligned and bolted up, but allowed a 1/4" of movement for the axle. So will be making a spacer at work via the water jet to take movement out. Additionally, I had to open up the center of the rotor allow it to sit properly on the axle shaft. One the spacer gets cut out , the axle will be completed and ready for install.
  3. Over the weekend I was finally I finished the overheating repairs. With the removal of the radiator required, I decided at the same time to upgrade to a dual electric fan system since I had a fan sitting around that I pulled off a Comanche in a junkyard. Removal of the mechanical fan was straight forward but took a few fit checks to determine what all had to be removed. Initially, I left the fan pulley on to maintain the same belt pattern. However, the studs for the fan were to long so I cut them as close as possible. Still no luck fitting and now there was no going back. So off came the pulley and removal of the studs leaving a what you see below. Then at work on my lunch break I took measurements of the mechanical fan shroud and superimposed the new electric fan. From there I made a sketch to have a co-worker bend me up a Z bracket to secure the fan. I dug through the scrap metal bin and found two angles that I took and used for securing the lower section of the fan into the slots on the radiator. You can make out the three brackets as the fourth holes was aligned to the upper passenger shroud mounting hole. The fan is wired via a fuse jumper into the ignition fuse to start upon start up. Works great but needs an adjustment because when the key is turned off the engine will continue to fun for a few sections before shutting off completely. Remove the fuse jumper and it shuts off normally. Had to buy a new serpentine belt and went with a belt part numbered 840K6. Started the engine to finish the fill up for coolant and the engine was staying at 180 degrees during idle. Upon taking the truck out, it turns out the belt is two long and it slipping. So back to the part store to get a shorter belt.
  4. Thank you for the replies everyone. Went through and check everything again in the fuse box as well as the grounds. After ensuring the ground was good it turned out that the fuse box for the dash fuse was a bit corroded. When I checked and cleaned the fuse, I didn't clean the fuse box side. Now all the gauges expect the fuel work correctly. It seems like the fuel has a bad ground as it moves but is not aligned to the full or empty markings.
  5. Hey Everyone, I have a 89' 4.0 L Comanche where the instrumentation panel won't work except for the turn signal indicators. Everything else won't function including the mechanical speedometer. If anyone has any input that would be greatly appreciated. I have checked the fused under the dash and replaced the one that was broken. Thank you for your time and help.
  6. Found it! Thank you again coolwind57. This will save me some money because I didn't realize that nipple was removable.
  7. Thank you immensely for the response and information coolwind57! Didn't realize they had different threads and made a mess.
  8. Where do you find the adapter for the renix engine?
  9. Hello ComancheClub, SO I had a little fun this weekend after figuring out the CAD system was not working. I just took it apart, slide the fork over and capped the two vacuum ports. Worked great and once the front axle is worked on it be removed. Well I got to hill on the motocross track at a local off road event and with the stock gears in the truck made a bit of smoke. I blew the radiator cap completely off and was eventually found wedge beside the steering box. So the cap no longer locks to the radiator. Below is an action shot of my truck this weekend on the hill that caused the radiator issue. KVID0530.mp4 Besides that exciting adventure, I went to a local junkyard in search of some Cherokee parts and came across this beauty sitting out front in the parking lot. Talked to the owner of the junkyard and said the whole truck was for sale! The truck is in better condition with no rust anywhere. Still going to pull the carpet and check regardless. Went back Monday with a trailer and after a jump, the truck was driven onto the trailer. They said the synchronizers in the transmission where going and it was hard to shift resulting in the owner selling it to them. Added some fluid to the clutch reservoir and it tightened up with no issue shifting. The only issues I could find were a dead battery, instrumentation cluster not working, a few bulbs out and flat tires that have a rounded key for the lug nut locks. This truck is going to be my 2wd daily driver for cruising around town. The plan is to swap the bucket seats over to the trail/camping ridge and put the bench seat in the daily driver. My girlfriend likes to sit in the middle of it when we drive around locally and the bucket seats will allow her to drive if need be out on a trip since they slide closer to the pedals.
  10. Yeah I would definitely like to take those plastic liners off your hand if you don't mind. I would greatly appreciate that. Yeah they got the support brackets and the horns moved up underneath the bumper now. Don't have to worry about hitting those. Are you going to Budd's Creek this weekend? I could pick them up there from you if are. If not, you are local so we can figure something out.
  11. Hope everyone had a great weekend. More progress updates. So the front bumper is complete but first more progress pictures. The front flares were a bit of a pain to get off since they still had the temporary hardware used to hold them up during assembly. Only broke three (3) or four (4) studs, but you can see that the plastic wheel well lining has been cracked to hell. So they have been removed for now and new plastic or metal once have been added to the need list. The original plan was to have the entire brush guard be removable, but to simply the design and ensure overall strength only the light sections can be removed. Now the final install, well 95% installed bumper. Still have to finish the relocation of the vacuum canister, install the license mounting plate, and some fender stiffener plates. The fenders got trimmed for the bumper and the fabricators made some plates to pick up existing holes in the frame and attach to the folded bottom edge of the trimmed fenders. First off, I apologize for the delayed response drcomanche. I didn't receive a notification of the reply. Thank you for the complement on the design. The fabricators took my initial paper concept and we worked together to make this. Now to wiring in the fog, winch, and winch lights before saving up to get a rear bumper fabricated. Also, just realized the horn needs to be moved upward about an inch to sit inside the bumper Until next time!
  12. Hey drcomanche! I sure am the lucky one getting the nice new bumper they are working on. While they were discussing I wonder over and was taking a look at your truck. For the bumper, the lower portion is now pretty much complete just have to more fit / clearance checks for the removable brush guard.
  13. Over the pass few weekends I have been able to get some more work done. The new R151 counter shaft for the AX-15 is complete (minus the 5th counter gear) as well as the output shaft (minus the 5th gear). Below is a visual of the AX-15 counter shaft (in the middle) after being removed next to the R151 counter shaft on the right. After completing both the counter and output minus the 5th gear I remember the issue I notice when the new 5th gears came in. The R452 5th counter gear (33046-25030) is significantly different. The original AX-15 count 5th gear is on the left with the R452 on the right. Left picture is AX-15 5th counter gear and the right is the R452 5th counter gear. As you can see there is a major problem. So now I am trying to decide if its worth trying to figure this out or just install the AX-15 5th gears back on. The original gears from the AX-15 fit on the new R151 counter shaft with no issues and would still give me an overdrive gear from the current AX-4. So with the transmission on hold as I research possible options, I moved on to other projects underway or need starting. One of these projects was working on the relocation of the winch cable node cover sitting on the left side which protrudes greatly above the bumper when situated. I modeled up a cover at work that will protect the cables and reduce the overall height which is bring 3D printed. Lastly meet up with the fellows building my new front bumper to no a fit check before the frame mounts get welded. I pulled up, there was a Comanche out front. He apparently wanted rock sliders made out of some large rectangular tubes as well as eventually wanting to put 40" tyres on it. That is the one side of the frame mount with most of the bolts tightened down. The tape and vertical bar in the center was for measuring and layout how the removable brush guard was going to work. The outer square holes are going to be for fog lights with the inner lights going to flood lights to be used with the winch or off roading. Well now you are caught up on where the Trailbreaker currently stands. Let me know if you have a questions, comments or see something that I have over looked.
  14. Coolwind57, I started dying laughing when I saw this! If it gets any worse will have to figure out how to mount a rotary version.
  15. It has been a while since I posted but work has been getting done slowly. The axle is currently on hold as I wait for the axle shafts to come in so I started tearing into an AX-15 transmission to swap in. Since this is my first time rebuilding a a transmission I have been talking it slow. Note to self, make sure its in neutral! Makes it easier to take a part. Additionally, after some reading on ComancheClub and other forums, it seems you can change out some gears to getting better ratio using an R151. So if this works out I will detail what all was done. Just need to get the external slave cylinder then I should have all the parts I need to complete this swap. Besides working on the transmission, a buddy of mine recommend a some guys to make me a front bumper. Below is the rough sketch for it currently. Going to get a brush guard for my Comanche because I have almost hit like 8 deer so far this year on my way to work. Hopefully I can keep this motivation going and have more updates to show.
  • Create New...