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Rad_Comanche

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  1. Have you made any progress on this? I was removing my door panel today to replace my weather stripping, and my driver side is warped, ripped, does not hold all the trip clips.
  2. I have been doing a lot of thinking about my build, and wanted some feedback on my current drivetrain plans. I will start from the front and go back. Engine: I would like the build my 2.5L. The plan would be a stroker kit, cam, lifters, springs, porting, etc. All of it can be had for a reasonable price, and would yield 4.0 power and torque from the 2.5. Another Comanche owner has done this exact build here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1402616813111625/permalink/5363638673676066/ Front Axle: HP Dana 30. Nothing special, but I would like a Detroit TrueTrac limited slip in it. OR.
  3. That answers that question! It is backwards and upside down, but this confirms I have a 16 gallon tank, original to my truck at that. Following for possible modifications for that vent tube...
  4. Where is that plate ID you mentioned located on the tank? I was actually just looking at my 86 to see if it was a 16 or 23.5, since my sending unit is wonky. Good to know the 86 filler is also a different shape too. Excellent research on both the tank and send units!
  5. There are more in the engine bay to eliminate, so more wiring practice for me in the future. Papago and I did a lot of driving today. We went to Milwaukee to pick up a 2.5 from an 87 that was sitting in an 86 chassis. The owner was a cool dude; he threw in a bunch of new gaskets, a badge for the tailgate, and showed me how to remove the tailgate in about five seconds. Having a truck sure is handy for hauling things, like a spare engine and parts for said truck! Unfortunately, my power steering pump capped out just before I got there. Lucki
  6. Good to know. I have been looking into the WJ brake master upgrade, so this makes it that much easier to justify. Another quick update. I was disgusted with not getting anything to work today, so I decided 2 A.M. was a great time to replacemy oil pressure sensor and get my gauge working. It was not so simple of course. Removing and installing the sensor was easy actually; it was not stuck at all, probably due to oil leaking from the valve cover. Reconnect everything though, gauge is still dead. I followed the ground wire through the harness and find it disco
  7. Spent the last few weeks researching some of the problems with my truck, how to fix them, and parts I may need. Made a big RockAuto order, and a Team Cherokee one for good measure, and waited for it all to arrive. I have not gotten around to getting photos of it all, but one of my problems has been high idle when warm (between 1500 and 2000 RPM), and trouble idling on cold start unless I give it a little gas for about ten seconds. Mileage has naturally suffered a little as well, with less than 20 MPG unless it is straight highway miles. I know there is a vacuum leak, af
  8. While I was waiting for parts to put the steering column back together, curiosity led me to looking at a few other things that needed fixing. The trip meter in my cluster was not working, and the reset bar felt like it was jammed as well. So I found a handy article for disassembly and took it apart. What I learned is that the springs in the gears have a bend in them that prevents them from turning both ways freely. They can wear out over time, and need to be bent back into place I spent a long time messing with them, but unfortunate
  9. Seems like I need it to snow to get me to post updates, lol. We have had some good weather here since my last one, which allowed me to get the steering column put back together and actually drive Papago on a daily basis. I only have a couple photos, since I was focused on getting everything back together and working properly. I had to spend a while getting the rod that activates the high beam switch to actually work from the stalk. After that, it was a relatively smooth reassembly; I had to fix the way the wires sit for the washer switch, as they were interfering with the turn sign
  10. I have a lot of different topics to post about since last time, but I will put them in later posts to keep them smaller. For now, we shall stay on track with the headlights. Over the weekend I managed to finish disassembling my steering column and remove the wiper and turn signal switches. I was convinced the column shroud was on backwards due to a piece that looks out of place. You can see it jutting out around the five o'clock position from the lock cylinder hole. Now I am not sure, and have no idea why it is there. Either way, someone had broken the shro
  11. If I was not already traveling down there at the end of July, I would be down. I go down there every year to meet up with other car friends and drive Dragon/Cherohala and other roads for a week. Not to mention checking out other parts of the mountains, hanging out, all kinds of good fun. Now I have to tackle Dragon in the Comanche some day.
  12. Following, I have a similar problem. My new high beam switch gets here tomorrow. I had high beams that would not turn off, but when I finally figured out where the switch was, neither lows or highs were working. Probably something to do with me tearing into the column. Hopefully we can find a solution for both our trucks.
  13. Ohhhh, that is a good point. The jaws might have trouble with those. You know what? I already have the crimper, and I need to put new terminals in my fuse box anyway. I will buy some terminals and find out if they play nice together.
  14. Those terminals have the same crimping ends as the pins I used in my Deutsche DT connector. I used the crimper linked below, which has multiple gauge sizes, and two different size "seal" crimp holes to crimp the larger wings that hole the terminal to the insulation. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081381N72
  15. Thank you! I did look the name up before deciding on it, and I saw it was also the name of a local tribe, but there is a lot more attached to it I did not know about. Not gonna lie, that was part of the appeal for me as well. There was another 86 2.5 manual for sale about 100 miles north of this one. It was 4x4 too, but was also an ugly brown color, and had the basic cluster. In hindsight, it was probably the better truck, but I have no regrets. Made some more progress tonight. I rented a steering wheel puller from Autozone after work, then got to it.
  16. Thanks for sticking that video in a post Pete; I was trying to do that on mobile, but it seems to be a desktop only feature. Maybe if I try it on my phone via the actual website instead of the app. I finally have an update. We had some lovely negative temperatures in Illinois the last few weeks that kept me out of the garage, sadly. Last Saturday was in the 20s though, which was warm enough for me to work. I'm my last post, I said I was going to snip off the headlight harness connectors and solder the wires together. A few days later, I was showing an electrical savvy f
  17. I would not have it any other way! Well, it is a little later than I wanted, but I made a video for folks to view. I find it easier to get my thoughts across this way. I am not trying to make a channel to follow or anything, just make it easier to get this stuff to you folks, and faster as well. I tend to go into too much detail. Please feel free to ask any questions or provide feedback here. I am more likely to look for comments and respond here than on YouTube. I touched on a few things in this video, but I did not want to go on too long, and there is a lo
  18. Man, I really need to stop procrastinating making posts. Makes it that much harder to type out what has all happened since the last one! The short version is the truck made the 1100 mile trip home without any of what I would call major problems. The longer version is not too dramatic honestly. The first day heading back was mostly uneventful. My road trip partner and I made it to Emporia, Kansas before we finally stopped for the night. At the beginning, I twice had tail lights only partially working. When I took them apart, I found the sockets for the bulbs
  19. Hello again! Sorry for the roughly three month disappearance. I have been waiting for my friend to finish the truck, so I did not feel like I had much content to provide to the thread right away, aside from the occasional parts purchase. I will address all of that when I get home. For now, I just got my truck back in Amarillo yesterday, and I begin my journey back to Illinois today. Hopefully things will be a lot smoother this time.
  20. In the likely event I cannot get keys cut, the next step would be a locksmith. I just made a purchase that would make either all the better, whenever I get the truck back. Details when I get a package in the mail.
  21. I guess I will be looking behind the bumper then! With the door locks, I agree on them being in need of cleaning. I was more referring to taking my VIN to a dealer and hoping they could cut a key for me, as I do not have the original for the doors. That is an interesting fact about these clusters. I will definitely give it a good cleaning. I also remembered the trip meter is jammed up, so I need to take that apart and fix it too.
  22. I have been reading and rereading your comments for the past couple of days when I have a break at work. I will definitely be investing in Fluid Film when I do finally get the truck home. As for the interior, the previous owner (Cactus Comanche on here) told me he used POR15 on the interior to prevent any future rust. Looking at your comments about that particular product and others like it, I will be looking under the carpet to make sure nothing looks out of place. I said I wanted to make my next post about problems and plans for this truck, so let me see if I can remember them al
  23. I will definitely be looking at both of these things when I see it again. I drove it maybe once at night during this trip.
  24. It is a TBI, but for some reason I thought that was still a carb of some kind with that, having never encountered it before. Glad to see there is another liver of the 2.5L. I have been a Honda owner all of my life, so four cylinders are what I know. This one has impressed me so far with the pep it has, aside from going up the Rocky Mountains, lol. Down the line I definitely want to give it some more pep. I figure has less weight and more room to work in the the bay is a bonus. It is stupid easy to access everything in this engine bay. I can definitely look at those. I was t
  25. I will definitely look for it when the truck is back in my hands, thank you for the tip! Incidentally, thank you for that link to a relay harness in your signature. I have noticed that I may only have high beams on my truck, unless it never came with them. I only have running lights on one setting and I believe high beams on another. Blue indicator comes on in the cluster too.
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