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Everything posted by Tentrax_Brent

  1. I was able to do it on mobile! Just wasn’t able to find it at first
  2. Thanks a lot!! I’m overdue for a visit to Eastern NC!
  3. 1989 Comanche Eliminator 4.0 / AX-15 / 2wd Current Location: NC, I’m looking to buy! Would love to see some of the build specs, will the VIN identify axle ratio?
  4. Thank you for such thorough responses!! Definitely sound advice and some very good points to think about. I’ll keep the group updated
  5. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the input!! Excellent points all around, especially the fact that no “normal” person will buy a truck that is not running well...and it will probably sit a while as-is at that price. I’ll probably throw a low offer down, see if it sticks, and keep looking!!
  6. Thanks for the education on the CCV system 👍🏼 So currently here are the symptoms that may suggest the most serious engine issues: 1) High volume of smoke/air coming out of the oil fill cap and CCV hose going to the air box when running. The smoke is visible and fairly high velocity. 2) Gas smell and “thin” feeling oil on the dipstick. 3) “Bubbling” in the overflow bottle...but after comparing to my running 88 4.0, this may just be coolant pouring into the overflow bottle. I’m still learning about the Renix engine differences, all my previous Jeeps h
  7. Oh man, this is what most $1500 Comanches look like around here... https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/733085310622982/
  8. The CCV tube from the valve cover to air box was definitely pumping fumes and smoke into the air box, so it sounds like a bad CCV valve or way too much blow-by? The air filter was completely saturated with oil. $1500 sounds like a reasonable deduction to me. I’ll see if he minds me checking compression, though I’m still concerned about the head gasket. Thanks for the multi-MJ warning! My YJ is already starting to get worried...
  9. I promise I know how to use the internet... Is there a way to add a signature on the mobile version of the forum??
  10. Thanks a lot!! That truck is exactly what’s causing me to look for a second...I can’t bear to modify it at all.
  11. Really? That’s good input!! It would be cool if we could compile a database of sale prices on Comanches based on region. Sort of like the charts that BaT has for different vehicles. Hmmm 🤔
  12. Sorry for the barrage of posts in a row... In the absence of a way to check compression, what would you guys consider “too much” blow-by? Oil cap removed, there is visible smoke that is pumping out at a decently high rate. How’s that for subjective? Either way, it’s more than I’ve ever seen on a good-running 4.0.
  13. $2.5k was my thought. That seems to be a typical asking price for crappy MJs around here. And this one with some engine attention could be better than decent. I’m also tainted by the good price I recently got on my mint-ish ‘88!
  14. That’s a good idea, thanks! He also hasn’t advertised it in any of the normal places, so probably isn’t getting much interest. Of course he “knows the market and what these things are worth”
  15. I should have mentioned, I test drove it with no air filter. The CCV tube was in bad shape and the idle was rough...it improved when the CCV tube was connected properly....why would that be??? Expansion tank bubbled when running only; coolant was VERY slightly brown...or just old. I checked all the normal rust spots and didn’t see any concerns. I’d much rather have floorboard rust coming from the inside than outside.
  16. Thanks! I didn’t put them on, but I thought so too. The grey and silver match the Pioneer stripes. Still have the originals in excellent shape too
  17. Price is $4500. Figure I could have gotten it for $3750ish if engine was in good shape. Sure beats the rust buckets I’ve seen lately for $3k-4. It needs a rear bumper and grille. I’d likely wrap it. I pulled the rubber mat/insulation. There is a little rust on the floors; driver side feels solid but the passenger is soft in some spots with a few small holes at the seat mount. Appears to be coming from inside (cowl vent or blower seal based on small puddle after rain). It’s a FL truck. I definitely thought that about the visor...kind of taking a chance on that but I don’t s
  18. Don’t worry, this isn’t a “what’s this MJ worth” post....mostly. I found a second MJ that would work well for my plans to take it camping/overlanding. 87, 4.0, auto, 4wd, long bed. It’s clean, interior is nice-ish, little rust, no clear coat, straight body (except for the rear quarter). It’s one of the nicer ones in the area and a decent price if it was running well...it’s not. Pretty good amount of blow-by, coolant overflow bottle bubbling (head gasket?), air filter 100% SOAKED in oil, engine dies with any load on it. So... 1) How much $ would you take off if the engine
  19. Thanks everyone!! It does look very similar to the other member’s truck from several years ago! It appears this one spent most of its life in Alabama. Doing everything I can to keep it in good shape and original-ish..need to start with relocating the 4.0 badge 😁
  20. Thanks a lot! Just moved up here from Atlanta and Seattle before that. It’s good to be back around mountains
  21. Hey everyone...I’ve been interested in Comanches for years, ever since my first Jeep, a 91 XJ. After a hiatus, I got back into Jeeps a few years ago with a mint 93 YJ Sahara. I pulled it around the country behind an RV and then this year took the plunge and built it up with 1-ton axles, 38’s, blah blah. As much fun as it is, I vowed never to modify such a nice Jeep again. Well, then came the idea to do an “overland” build with a Comanche for my business, given the popularity of mid-size trucks lately. So I lucked out and found a very nice 88 Pioneer locally and bought it fo
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