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tugboat95

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  1. So were my hoses by about 6 months 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  2. I just got a new radiator for an open system from Amazon. Spectre model for about 100 bucks. I replaced all hoses and the water pump from Rock Auto. Pulled the bottle and that valve and just routed hoses into the heater with hose adapters. A new electric aux fan operated by a switch by me. Honestly the best thing was that new radiator. No matter who made it. Old one was full of 32 years of crud. And I flushed the engine 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  3. I've been working in California for the last year or so. Still live in NC. I'm just blown away at all the draconian rules, taxes and fees you have to pay there. My job takes me all over the country. Seattle and NYC come close but nothing tops California. Company I work for can't even send certain pieces of equipment there that's used throughout the rest of the country. Just flat out banned. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  4. Gotta agree with the above poster. I'm generally not a fan of the bedliner on the MJs. However yours looks great! Love the color combination. It works. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  5. They are hard to find and can be expensive. I'd try to find some way to make it fit. A cutting wheel, tape measure and some welding. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  6. Modified utility vehicle. – A motor vehicle that (i) is manufactured or upfitted by a licensed manufacturer, dealer, or person or business otherwise engaged in vehicle manufacturing or modification for off-road use with equipment required by G.S. 20-121.1(2), G.S. 20-121.1(2a), except a vehicle identification number, and (ii) has four wheels, an engine displacement greater than 2,400 cubic centimeters, an overall length of 142 110 inches or greater, an overall width of 58 inches or greater, an overall height of 70 60 inches or greater, a maximum speed capability of 40 miles per hour or greater, and does not require an operator or passenger to straddle a seat. "Modified utility vehicle" does not include an all-terrain vehicle, golf cart, or utility vehicle, as defined in this section, or a riding lawn mower. Copied straight from the bill, now law. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  7. I'd love to go but the stars just aren't aligning for me. Spent way to much money in Moab and Vegas Last month and got a trip to South Dakota planned for September that we haven't paid for yet. So the wife said no. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  8. tugboat95

    MJ as a UTV?

    NC just passed a law saying UTV's, mini trucks, and modified Utility trucks (not 4 wheelers)can now be driven on roads as of October 1, 2021. Depending on have certain equipment. Lights, brakes, etc. As of now, I can't register one of my Comanches. Bought it for parts but I'm entertaining making it a trail rig. Has anybody registered theirs as a UTV? Law even states if no VIN then the DMV must assign one. My VIN has been registered as Junk and can not be titled or driven on the road. That Vin can "disappear" Have I found a loophole that will allow me to drive it in some situations? (Nothing over 55mph and can be limited to 35mph.) It meets the engine size and wheelbase requirements. With all these heavily modified trail rigs out there, has anybody been able to do this? I know it's a stretch but what have i got to lose? 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  9. You ain't the first or the last to do that. But I Bet you won't do it again. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  10. You are way over thinking this. Builder doesn't require any permits and they don't do them as they service 3 states. Every county is different. Think large carport...I'm not living in it. Nothing for him to approve or disapprove. He was inspecting location. He will inspect electric when I do that next year. But that's just the 200 amp pole install (security light). He'll never know about the 200 amp box inside cause I'll never tell them about next year. Concrete will be 5 inches for a 6 foot section the full width. Rest will be 4 inch slab with 6 inch footers for wind code. It is reinforced, 3500 psi with metal grid not rebar. Lift manufacturer specifically discourages rebar. I got their recommendations for a 10000lbs lift. There will be no running water or toilet. There will be a gravity fed off the roof rain barrel piped to a a laundry to wash my hands occasionally. 9 don't care about "the next guy" I'll be dead and I didn't build it for him. Yes he has built dozens of these. It's pre-engineered by them, a crew puts it together in about 18 hours. It's a metal building built and certified to withstand 140mph wind code of my area. He does not buy or distribute another companies building. They build it in their facility about an hour from where I live. I do have blue prints that has a certification stamped with a raised seal that I had to submit to the county for the permit. I had a plot plan drawn ad well for the permits to ensure no set backs or right of ways were infringed. Biggest thing county inspector looked at was septic tank location. I do not flood. I'm 62 feet above sea level. Flood insurance is not required. I grew up flooding 3 to 4 times a year. I will never live in a flood zone again. My issue is heavy rain like 17 inches in 2 days will cause ponding just in front of that location. 6 hours after it quits raining, it's gone. It's happened 4 times in the last 20 years. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  11. Oh it was. Kid earned his money. Raised the footprint about a foot. I doubt it floods as the front is in a low spot that tends to collect water during hurricanes and other intense rain events. Started with a wheelbarrow. When I wouldn't roll we fill my pick up bed and moved it. Then we finished off old school. 5 gallon buckets. Lots of 5 gallon buckets. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  12. Reckon I got enough dirt. Ended up hiring a small 8 ton dump truck and a local 14 year old looking for some spending money. Hopefully I'll get the concrete put down in 3 to 4 weeks. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  13. Pretty rough homecoming. But you're home. And you got a place to work on it now....next weekend. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  14. Lol...yeah, I just don't know. I'd love the trail rig idea but I don't have anywhere within 6 hours of me to ride it. And I don't own a trailer. There are a ton of good parts on this truck. And it's completely fixable. No rust in the floorboards. Small amount in cab corners. Engine turns over but I don't know the fuel system status. Ain't nothing that can't be fixed or put on a third truck my wife would kill me if I buy. 89 Comanche Eliminator 2wd 4.0L 5 speed PukeGoat Factory Original
  15. Its a long bed. Thought I had bought a short bed with the dana 44. I just measured the bed. Its just over 7 foot long. Thing full of surprises. I just hooked up a battery and all the lights and stuff came on. Wouldn't turn over though.
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