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  1. Finally posting my truck after about a year and a half of ownership, I purchased 2 Comanches from a guy in Woodstock, Illinois. One 86 red 2.5, 2wd, dana 35 long bed and one 86 silver 2.8, manual, 4wd, long bed. All I knew about the silver truck was that it supposedly had a wiring/ground issue and was taken apart and prepared to be parted out. They were both purchased for $500, as well as an additional $150 for a stock pile of extra parts. Both trucks had rust on rockers/bed ect., but at 500 for the pair I couldn't say no. They mark the 4th and 5th Jeeps that I've owned at 20 years old, and the MJ is quickly becoming one of my favorite chassis. When purchased the red truck ran and drove but smoked white out of the tailpipe bad, it sat for awhile and i replaced the head gasket and general top end gaskets, including a check on the head, after it was back together it ran better but smoked even more. I sold it on craigslist for $450 after it sat in the driveway for awhile. I purchased a third MJ around 2 months after the first two, I paid $250 for an 89 Pioneer lwb 4.0 4wd with no motor and the trans in the back, floors were rusted but I wanted a specific set of parts for the other truck. The silver Comanche was missing a drivers side floor, no gas tank, no dash, no interior, no steering column, a broken shock mount on the rear bed frame, and a broken leaf spring plate shock mount. The 89 truck had a burgandy interior with bench seat, a column,a long bed camper shell and the general small parts I needed for the other truck. I took a couple of months getting the parts I needed and then cut up the 89 Pioneer and hauled it to the scrap yard. It left me with all the parts I would need and I got to work patching the floor on the truck. An amazon floor pan didn't fit precisely, but I made it work, I put in a brand new grey carpet that matched a flawless grey dash. The burgandy bench seat followed after I had refinished the bench mounts. I wired the necessities into the dash and discovered that signal was going to and from the column with the key but would not start. I rewired the starter relay to a push button start, replaced a broken engine ground strap and the ignition coil, mounted the fuel tank with new straps and it started and ran alright for less than a $1000 invested. After that I installed a 4.5 inch zone lift and put a set of rubicon rims from a jk on that i picked up on craigslist. Redid the headliner too, new radio with new speakers all around, smoker windows waiting to be installed, and a lund visor to top it off. Shes registered, but not insured, driven alright on the road so far except for a scare or two. Just finished up the Ares Fab DIY Front XJ bumper as they're local to me and installed a harbor freight 9,000 pound winch. Hoping to take her on a lot of great adventures this summer and many after that. Pics follow
  2. Hey all, i'm the proud new owner of this '89 MJ. It came with some issues as most older jeeps do. First order of business, clean the throttle body and iac. Trying to eliminate the vacuum leak, which is massive. Kicking out a loud whoosh when i step on the gas pedal, limiting my top speed to 35 mph. PO installed an electric fan to help with overheating, seems to work well, keeping temps at 220 F if i can trust the thermostat. So i'll be under the hood for a while this week. The forum articles on vacuum leaks are helpful. Also i'll be looking for a new flexplate, mine is cracked. Any advice/info on sourcing a new one will be appreciated!
  3. Finally joined the Comanche club a couple months ago. This is a 1988 4.0 5-speed 4x4 with 180k on the odo. Exactly, what I had been searching for... a shortbed, 4wd, manual with a 4.0. Currently, I am wrestling with some electrical gremlins and goblins. Learning Renix has been interesting, to say the least. Not on the road just yet but, once I am finished sorting out the wiring it should be good to go.
  4. Just bought an 87 short bed, 4.0 2 WD a few months ago. Originally white and sold new in CA. Its been repainted factory red sometime in its life and has the original tan vinyl bench. Bought it from a young guy in K.C. and had it shipped to Ohio. I think it was parked for awhile because the original 5 spd tranny was bad. The guy I bought it from swapped in an AX15 with help from his dad. He also put in a gauge cluster with the tach. I wanted a 2WD because I'm only going to drive it in fair weather. Pretty sure it only has 102k on it. Previously I owned a 91 Cherokee Laredo and drove it daily for 8 yrs. Looking forward to making some improvements as I get more into it. I've only put about 10 miles on it so far as I had to get rid of a Ford Ranger first so I could transfer the plate. Only the 2nd Ford I've owned and it just wasn't me. The other was a Model A.
  5. Hey everybody, my name is Dan, and this is my first post. I've been lurking a while now and I have to say, this is one of the best forums I've ever come across. The vast amounts of information and inspiration are very helpful to new owners. And there is a shocking abscence of bickering, oversensitivity and internet tough guys that seem all too common on other forums. With that said, it's about damn time to start talkn bout Comanches... I've had my eye on getting a Comanche for a couple years. Started seriously looking last January, had a few slip through my fingers, but finally got one in March. Got lucky and found an 87 SWB 2wd 5spd with just under 130k and completely stock. Picked it up for $1800. ;) It had some water leaks(carpet was wet) and needed tires. When I went to leave after sealing the deal, the starter stopped working. So the seller gave me back $60 for a new starter. So for the next day I had to give the starter some love taps to get her going. Turned out to be a loose signal wire. Score! Also, I forgot how much I like driving midsize trucks with a manual trans. Here she is a few days after I bought her: Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics before I started wrenching on it.. Was just really excited. I installed a tool box that I had on a couple other trucks and bought those wheels/tires on craigslist. $70 with pretty worn BFG A/Ts. But they weren't dry rotted like the tires that came on the truck, so that's something.
  6. So last July I bought a house and as an incentive he was going to include his broken down 89 Comanche.(I was going to buy it regardless but I like small trucks always like the 4.0) Anyways what I got is a 89 2WD 4.0 Manual truck. I would like to get it up and running first and then maybe do a 4WD conversion and keep it a stick. I might do a slight 2-4 inch raise seeing as it'll be a trail/dump runner so need to keep it street legal. I have a little automotive experience but not much in the ways of axels/transmissions and such. I did it get where I can drive it. Had to replace bad starter and bad and wrong battery (probably what fried the starter). So it cranks every time now. I do have an issue on occasion with the transmission not wanting to go into gear opinions? Also I have a brake issue they work but the pedal is pretty much at the firewall and it isn't the quickest response. I tried bleeding them but no air bubbles and passenger front has a stripped bleeder screw that I will have to deal with as well. The brake fluid has not dropped so I don't think there is a leak but again not sure. Also runs a bit hot after shut off I heard this is common and only real way to fix is to convert to open system (already replaced tank, pump, and thermostat, helped a lot) Any help would be greatly appreciated also I will post pictures and video of it running as soon as I get home.
  7. So I'm trying to find out why my truck keeps dying. I jumped it off, let the vehicles run for several minutes, took the jumper cables off, and it runs for about a minute, then dies. I also noticed its idling weird. it will idle high, then get really low, then sound like someone is tapping the gas pedal. It will die soon after that. The alternator is brand new, I tried 3 different batteries (can't find my multimeter at the moment to make sure they are good, they are all about 5 years old). So I think I have it narrowed down to the battery, or a connection to the alternator. In the morning I am going to find my multimeter, and recheck the alternator connections. Am I missing something else that it could be? Would a bad battery make it idle like that?
  8. Very sad day, having to part with my 1992 Comanche 2WD Pictures, pricing and all the details can be found on Craigslist, http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/6231005015.html This is for the serious Jeep Comanche collector/enthusiast. This is one of the last 2WD models manufactured in 1992 from the Toledo Ohio #1 plant.
  9. Hi Everyone, This is my 1st post. I picked up this Comanche a little over a month ago(My first!). It is a 88 2wd/lwb Pioneer 4.0/Aw4. 222k on the clock. The original owner purchased it in Missouri. Lived there for a few years before moving to Florida. Then recently made its way to Michigan to his granddaughter here. When once she realized the amount of work needed. She sold it to the shop she took it too. And I purchased it from them. It still has most of it's original window sticker. it is 100% rust free. It has been repainted at some point. The AW4 was rebuilt about 18k miles ago. The shop I bought it from redid the top end due to a bad HG. all new Cooling system. Still the closed-loop. full tune-up. What I've done: replaced the self-destructing balancer, Timing set, TPS, Starter, Starter relay, Cables, re-freshed grounds. added a ground to the core support from the battery, and I left the body to engine ground strap. but added with it a cable from the body to a intake heat shield bolt. Now here is the issue, which has been present since before I purchased it...It starts just fine when it has sat for several hours(overnight, or while I'm at work. Once it is warm. It struggles to start. It will start cranking strong, then it will slow down like the battery is almost dead, and then pick back up, slow down etc. Sometimes it will start while doing this. Or it may take me a couple tries until it lights off. Then sometimes it will fire up with no issues. But that is very rare. I checked the timing, seems to be where it should be. Battery was load tested and passed. The Alt. charges as it should...14.4v. I jumpered the ballast resistor, no difference. Fuel pressure is at 30-31psi w/ vac. 37-38 w/out vac. the vac line to reg. does smell of fuel, but is not damp. I also disconnected the A/C Clutch and no change. When it happens. There is a large voltage drop when it slows. I've noted with my volt meter on the batt. It will drop to 9v, even 8v when it slows, then voltage will come back up to over 10v when it speeds back up. I've even tried hooking a jump box to it, and still happens. I feel that it is some sort of "Heat Soak" Issue. A buddy mentioned possibly the coil. It does appear to be original. I've lurked on this site and have checked countless others. And haven't seen anyone else having a similar problem. I'll post/link my youtube video so you all can see for yourself what I'm dealing with. https://youtu.be/fAZT_wsADR0 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fAZT_wsADR0"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  10. I have a barebones 88 MJ - 2wd, 2.5L, 4speed, that got one option... power steering. After 204K the engine is done, I'm going to swap the entire driveline from a 1998 Cherokee Classic. Thanks to Alexia's 97-98 swap project for insparation! I'll post pictures along the way and am interested in your tips and feed back. As you can see Cherro was in a front end accident, but the engine seems ok accept for the idler pully etc......
  11. I've had my 87 MJ for a little over 2 years. What was going to be a "simple" upgrade of the rear axle to a Dana 44 (to get me to the Metric Tonne place) has gone totally out of control. The rear is now a Dana 60 and the front a Dana 44. Both geared to 4.56 with a four-link in the front, Hell Creek springs in the rear. The lift is designed for me to be able to run 35s. The original 4.0 l-6 has about 275,000 miles on it and the tranny is the much-loathed 5-speed. I also have an XJ with around the same miles, so I am a fan of the 4.0 I-6 motor. I have found an engine rebuilder locally with a good reputation, and I have also talked with HotWire about a harness, so what's the next step? It's a little weird that I don't do a lot of wheeling, but am building the truck for some travelling I do on some pretty nasty fire roads and often just pairs of ruts that go from A to B. I want to go to an automatic transmission and since I'm already committed to some new drive shafts and want a new motor (which i can spec for any year that will physically fit), I'm looking for recommendations for a particular tranny (with overdrive), transfer case and motor combo and from what years in particular. If you have donor vehicle recommendations, that would be great. i have looked over the forums using some generic search terms, and I apologize in advance if there's something out there with good info that I've missed. Most of the posts I;ve seen so far seem to be focused on swaps that allow the use of existing wiring (with modifications) and sticking with MJ / XJ parts from a similar era. (I do have a line on a very low mileage 4.0 from 2002 that I can use as a back up instead of gong straight to the reman.) Unfortunately my job keeps me hopping about 60 hours a week and it' tough to check out the forums on a frequent basis. (yeah, I know... wha, wah, wah!) Any thoughts you have are welcome.
  12. 1987 jeep Comanche 4.0 motor. New water pump. Runs great except fuel filter need to be done I have it just haven't had time with the baby. Also going to need a new starter soon and you will want to replace coolant reservoir had to patch it when water pump went. Interior needs some work and so does the body there is a crack in the frame. Also the gas tank and fill neck should be replaced. It is a project truck but definitely a good starting point just needs a small stuff that added up and don't have time for. $1000 or best offer will not part out unless mostly whole truck goes in all. Any reasonable offer can be accepted so lets hear it. Not sure how many of y'all are my way but worth shot. Email is j.boucher690@gmail.com number is 8608844504 my name is Joe. I will send more pics if you want I work third shift so afternoon is better to get a hold of me. Otherwise my girlfriend Ashleigh might answer for you. trying to figured out how to add pictures
  13. https://muncie.craigslist.org/wan/5395928811.html
  14. Okay so I'm going out on a limb on this project. I know its been done in YJ's and TJ's but ive never seen them in an MJ (or XJ for that matter). What I'm wanting to do is swap a 5.2L Magnum out of a 1999 Dodge Durango into my 1991 Jeep Comanche with a 4.0L, AX15, and NP231. I have the chance to buy this donor for $500. Its a 1999 Dodge Durango with a 5.2L, 44RE, and NP242(if i had to guess). As far as getting this motor to fit, that shouldnt be a problem, but the wiring harness and computer will be a different story. Is there anybody out there that can give a little advice on this swap? And if anybody wants to put their negative comments about "thats a waste of time" or "just drop a chevy 350 in it", i don't want to hear it. Hopefully someone can help me here
  15. So for about 3 months now Ive had a ford 8.8 ready to swap in including a new 5.5 inch lift. :doh:I have everything to do the lift and swap and i know how to do it, but i haven't yet because its different gearing then my dana 30 upfront right now and i need a drivable car and 4wd here in the upcoming colder months. But now that i have this 1995 4wd cherokee with a non CAD dana 30, I'm going to pull it out and have it re geared and put that in my comanche. I'm not going to build it up yet because i don't have the money because i started school and can't work as much, but i just want to replace what i should and get the parts to re-gear it. I'm just wondering what i need to buy for a re gearing? thanks. Id like to get the parts so that i can do this ford 8.8 swap, new 5.5 alexia lift and then this dana 30 all in one weekend. BTW I'm not doing it myself, but i just want to have all the parts ready to bring to the shop. also, the shop in town here is cool with bringing in your own parts. . :MJ 1: . (me after swap)
  16. i got my pats vehicle. I got a ax15. I'm taking that out today. I'm going to put all new seals in it and clean it up and then I'm going to swap it in. I need to know all the stuff thats needed for this swap. I got the cross member, shifter, case, and linkage. I have no idea what needs to be changed or bought for this. Thanks all!
  17. I'm interested in buying a project Comanche Jeep. I'm looking to put Dana 60 axles in it and a 4.0L stroker and fresh paint. I have big plans. I need a solid platform. To make my life easier I'd like to start off with a 4.0 engine so I have the wiring harness already and whatnot. I'd like to re-use the stock AX-15 transmission I would like it to be a short bed and if possible it can come factory with 4wd. Also no rust would be a plus. Text me at (631) 806-1839 for any leads, I'm located in Western New York. I don't mind driving within reason to pick one up.
  18. I'm having a really hard time posting this but I went out and bought a boat this weekend and it's pretty heavy. Too heavy for the comanche, unfortunately. First the facts, then the backstory: 1989 Jeep Comanche Pioneer 4.0L 5-speed manual Zero rust, totally solid floorboards, body and long bed Carpet currently pulled out - buyer can easily inspect the floors, Speedo stopped working 1 year ago. I have a used replacement sitting on a shelf that I've been planning to pop in but was waiting until I pulled apart the rest of the interior to do the carpet, Hell's Creek 3 inch lift with add-a-leaf and new hydro shocks - just enough lift to improve ground clearance and improve the looks but have very little impact on drivability/handling (it actually improved), Manual windows, locks (all working), Front driver's side fender and corner light need to be repaired/replaced. Must have rubbed or bumped something, before my time. This truck runs and runs and runs. I'd drive it anywhere, anytime. The only engine problem I've EVER had is that on a really sunny summer day it can be hard to restart if the sun is beating down on the hood. It can be remedied by opening the hood for about a minute and then it will start right up. I believe this relates to a design flaw with the location of one of the injectors. I might be wrong. Either way, it's never left me high and dry. History: This truck was purchased new in 1989 in Bend, OR. It was driven by a gentleman for 23 years until he passed it along to his grandson in Portland who had helped him maintain and keep the truck nice over the years. Obviously, he continued to take good care of it until he and his wife had a child at which point he realized he needed something bigger. He put this up on craiglist and when I saw it in Chicago I had to have it. It seemed like the best Comanche I had seen in a long time - no rust, fairly low miles, 4 liter and 5-speed. Yes! I called him, got a good feeling and used some miles to buy a one-way ticket to Portland. I was at the airport 2 hours later and test driving it an hour after that. His concern was that when it got up to speed on the highway it would get a death shake and he thought there must be something terribly wrong with it. I could get it to happen, so I bought it and took it to a local mechanic to have all the fluids emptied/flushed/changed and then the next morning I set off an adventure home to Chicago by way of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The death rattle happened 3 times between Oregon and Wyoming and nearly shook the truck right off the road. It was one of the scarier moments I recall behind the wheel of a vehicle! The 3rd dealer I stopped by, this one in Gillette, Wyoming, diagnosed it as a steering damper and $50 in parts and hour of labor later I was back on the road. From this point forward, it was like driving a Cadillac! Since I've had the Comanche it's made the trek from Chicago to Buffalo, NY (530 miles) 3 times without so much as a hiccup. I seldom take it off road but when I do it seldom even needs 4WD - which works great, by the way. I wanted to give the folks at CC a chance before I post it on Craigslist. I'm not 100% sure how to price it, based on MJs (especially around here) typically being buckets of rust - this one definitely isn't. That being said, don't be afraid to reach out and make a reasonable offer. Located in Chicago, Illinois Price: $4,500 I'll get some interior pics posted. The older pics are at the bottom, before adding the new tires/springs/shocks. Thanks for taking a look at my Comanche! If you'd like to make it yours, send me a PM or email me at brian.k.johnson at gee-mail. You can also call/text 773-715-2205. It's pouring out right now but when that's finished, interior photos to come.
  19. Just purchased my second Comanche, 91 Eliminator shortbed 4x4 4.0 I6 HO, Ax15, and the metric ton package (dana 44!). Bought it for $1000 runs great only 168k on it and all stock. Problem is floorboards and rockers are gone. (Literally holes you can stick your leg through) I have replacements for both those but came across a rotten frame. Leaf spring and shackles are fine just drivers side is rotted up to the brake lines and a pretty decent size hole. Has anyone repaired a unibody? I know you can strengthen them with unibody supports but anyone do something different?
  20. I'm looking to buy a fairly clean 2wd comanche, must have 4.0l motor and automatic transmission. Please contact me with any info. thanks
  21. Hi guys, I'm new to this forum so sorry if this has already been covered/asked elsewhere in these forums, but I'm still kinda learning how to navigate. But anyways I've got a 1992 4x4 cherokee loredo, and am in the market looking for a comanche, and I've came across quite a few comanches, but they are all pre-1991 and was wondering what would need to be done (modifications, fabrications, etc) and how hard it would be to swap in EVERYTHING from the cherokee (wiring, harnesses, transmission, t-case, H.O. motor) into the comanche?
  22. Hello All! :thumbsup: So I heard somewhere that I could swap out my stock injectors (I have a 1992 4.0L in-line 6, :)) for some '4-way spray' ugraded injectors that could possibly bump up my fuel efficiency and give me a little boost in power/torque. Is this true...? I have an otherwise stock 'manche. If so, what is the model, make and possibly part number of these injectors? I 've looked a couple places, but they just mention 'Neon' or '703'...I'm not sure exactly what that means... Where could I purchse these new, once I know what I need? Many Thanks! :brows: :bowdown:
  23. Hey Comanche Club My Name is Breven and I am a jeepaholic. I recently acquired my 3rd Comanche(had a 1988 and a 1992 when I was 15), but I currently own three other jeeps(2004 Wrangler TJ, 1942 Ford GPW, and a 1945 Willys MB). I had been looking for a good Comanche for years when I came across this one two weeks ago. I purchased it from Roadtrip Carolinas in Greeneville,SC. I probably paid a little too much, but as far as myself and my dad can tell it has had no rust or mechanical problems, even in it's 170,000 miles on the road.It needs paint pretty bad but other wise is pristine. it is a fourwheel drive 5 speed 4.0 Pioneer in Dover Grey with a burgundy interior. It needs some paint, but is otherwise solid. I intend to change the wheels from the wrangler wheels that are on it as they tend to rub on turns. I'd like to find some wheels like were on my 1992 Comanche. I intend to rhino line the bed and undersides of the truck as money becomes available. I will most likely POR 15 the cab floor and frame. Not sure how extreme I will get into modifying this truck yet, as part of me wants to restomod it.
  24. I am in desperate need of an ecu, full engine harness, and fuse panel for an 87 4.0L, 5speed, 4wd. If anyone is doing a part out on one of these PLEASE let me know. a rat ate through my harness, so my dog killed him, my clutch master blew out and spit all its fluid into the fuse panel...... lots of corrosion there, and then my ecu took a dump. HELLLLLP. LOL
  25. Hey folks, after years and years of driving old Subarus and old Miatas, I picked up two things I've always wanted two weeks ago: an old Jeep and an old pickup. This is Eugenia the Jeep, my new-to-me 1989 4.0 5-speed with 121k. I've been hunting for a small, fairly simple but still interesting truck for months and two weeks ago I saw her sitting for sale and bought her the next day. Had a few electrical quirks (turn signals not working, but they're fine now), fuel gauge pegged way past full, radio and a/c not working (I'll worry about that later) and a very soft clutch. I bought the old gal with intentions of doing as close to 100% of the work myself. I'm pretty comfortable working on small stuff, changing alternators, fluids, plugs and brakes and things like that, but I want to learn as much as I can and I figured this was a good truck to learn from. There seem to be plenty of resources and I went ahead and picked up an old Haynes manual for $2 until I can spend a little more on a real shop manual. Unfortunately the slave cylinder gave up the ghost a week into my ownership and I wasn't in a position to tackle it, so I brought her to a shop and they fixed her up nice for me. New clutch kit, flywheel, oil pan gasket (rubber), rear main seal and some little odds and ends. But, after spending money on labor that could have been spent on beer and bandaids after doing it myself, I'm vowing to try to keep her out of the shops from here on out. Anyway, sorry to be long winded but I'm glad this forum is here and I'm looking forward to reading up on as much as I can. I do have one minor tech question for now, and it's probably pretty simple. When I bought the truck, I was told not to roll the driver's side manual window down all the way, so I've been leaving it up about three to four inches. Last night I forgot about this and the window dropped into the door. I pulled the door panel to investigate, and it was easy to get it back up (just had to lightly lift the glass while cranking the window up) but for the life of me I couldn't see what was causing the problem. Any suggestions? Tried searching for an answer but mostly found the problem with electric windows. Sorry to be long winded but bear with me, and thanks in advance!
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