My name is Britton and I am an addict...jk but seriously though haha. Career wise I am a mechanical engineer but I prefer to consider myself a jack of many trades and a master of none. I am constantly tinkering on something, working any number of projects, and tossing ideas around in my head constantly (both a blessing a curse).
Anyways, I've been into Jeeps since I could drive and this is officially the 4th Jeep I have owned.
1999 2 door XJ 5 speed, 4.0L, 3.5" lift, 265/75/16 BFG ATs on TJ Rubicon wheels, overhead console, cruise control. She was a street queen and truly hated to see it go. Especially since it was my first car with a lot of memories.
1999 XJ 4 door, 4.5" lift, 33x12.5x15 Federal MTs, doorless mod, bedliner floors and headliner. Nothing special made for the woods but not a true beater and I still took care of it
Sold both and bought a stock 2005 TJ/LJ Unlimited 6 speed with 78,000 miles. Installed 2.5" suspension lift, 1.25" body lift, 305/70/17 Goodyear MTR/K on JK Moab wheels. Kept it otherwise stock and clean because I started to venture away from tearing things up off-road and prefer mild trail riding and camping now.
Then I stumbled into this project...1989 Jeep Comanche MJ. Drivetrain and dash were swapped but not finished and virtually rust free with 4/5 star floor boards compared to a lot of other Comanches.
The back story:
Me: "Dude look at this Comanche! Its half way converted, you think I should buy it?"
Friend: "Do it! You always said you wanted to build one. It'll be fun."
It is not fun. Well sometimes it was but never again will I take on a project like this. It might just be the straw that broke the camels back. Still undecided...
I have a bad habit of getting started on a task and becoming completely focused on completing it then forgetting to take before and after pictures. I usually remember about halfway through that I should've taken before pictures so I apologize in advance and I'll try to explain each picture/process in detail to give the full picture.
As bought condition 12/1/18 (Previous owners shop, but wish it was mine):
-Full 2000 XJ swap interior, exterior, and drivetrain
-Dual gas tanks ~40+ gallons (TJ gas tank behind axle and Dakota gas tank in stock location)
-Metallic silver paint
-Ford 8.8 rear axle
-Spring over rear
-4.5" Rubicon Express front coils (possible spacer to level out)
-Rubicon Express control arm drop brackets
-JKS Quick Diconnects
-ZJ V8 tie rod and draglink
-Ten Factory Dana 30 axle seals
-JL Rubicon wheels with 285/75/17 BFG KO3s
-1.5" wheel spacer adapters (5x4.5 to 5x5)
-Rancho 9000XL adjustable shocks
-WJ control arms
-Raptor Liner or LineX bedliner
-Custom bed rack
-Custom bed rails
Teaser shot of the current status as of 9/29/19:
I will be posting a full start to finish timeline/explanation/how-to of the build in the days to come to walk everyone through the long process this has been. So stay tuned for that.
As of right now (10/10/19) it is currently my daily driver while the LJ is being worked on.
Here is a list of things I still need to do on the MJ to make it "100% finished":
-Bedliner (probably Raptor Liner)
-Restore tailights (maybe LED bulb swap)
-Modify and install overhead console (shorten, graft, LED bulbs, and determining mounting)
-Reupholster visors to match new headliner, LED bulbs, and install (matching material was provided with it)
-Install tailgate (at sand blasting 10/8/19)
-Install Dirtbound Manta Ray rear bumper (ordered on 10/7/19)
-Replace clock spring (possible WJ steering wheel swap at the same time)
-Mount/Install emergency brakes with 8.8 adapter clevis
-Fender flares (Very undecided on this. Napier or Notch or just stock trimmed with rubber edging)
-Front bumper (JCR Crusader or Dirtbound Mojave. Really like the thought of a hidden winch front bumper and hope these could be modified for that)
-Gear swap to 4.10 (front Dana 30 is 3.55 and rear 8.8 is 4.10 so 2WD until then)