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  1. Hey everyone, I finally decided to create a profile. I've been checking out the MJOTM every now and then but I just decided to create a build thread of my own. I've done a lot of work to my jeep and still have a lot to do. I figure I'll start off with a little backstory, then go through my build from the beginning. I plan on picking at this and updating the thread when I have free time. I'll post whatever pictures I have but unfortunately I didn't take very many. I never think about taking pictures until I'm done something . Anyway I have some long stories. Here's the backstory: It's a Pioneer, 4x4, 4.0L, long bed. I've known this Jeep my whole life as it used to belong to my uncle. My uncle's father (married in uncle) bought it brand new in '87. Now this guy did not baby this truck! It's been rolled over on 2 or 3 occasions and it was used to pull a 5th wheel trailer! My uncle inherited it before I was born (I'm 22 btw) and drove it daily. Luckily my uncle took better care of it and even had it repainted. And it was still in excellent shape. Now when I started driving I started bothering him to sell it to me because I always liked the look of it. I'm not a big fan of trucks, or Jeeps, but Comanche's are different, you just don't see them every day. Here she is the first day I owned it. At ~230xxx km and 95% rust free, 100% stock. This was April 2016. You can skip this paragraph. I got it in the mind of my uncle that I wanted it and he liked the idea of keeping it in the family, he offered it to me for $2500 but then gave it to my cousin's fiance free because she needed a vehicle. This c*nt beat the hell out of it, kept it dirty, and neglected it, I was not pleased. I bugged her every time I saw her that I wanted it. Well, after 3 years she decided to get a newer vehicle. So I offered her $500 for it! She accepted the offer! Glad she didn't know the value! The first thing I did was put on some 31" tires I found for $100. Not long after I had to stash the Comanche away. You see, I was living with my parents, I already owned 2 cars and they were not happy when I brought this home. We have limited parking space so I had to put it away for a few months. Stay tuned as the built really takes off from here.
  2. For Sale. $300 obo 1986 Jeep Comanche 2.8 Litre V6 engine 5-speed manual transmission 147,000 miles Located in Baltimore, Md. The truck runs, though it's certainly seen better days. At one point it was owned by the National Park Service. There is a park service property tag on the door frame. Willing to part out as well. THE BAD * Needs new radiator. * Engine has a valve issue. You can hear the valve(s) knocking and tapping, especially when engine is revved or the throttle is opened up. * Rust has eaten through portions of the driver's side floor. Most of it has been cut out. Some final cutting and grinding for prep and patch panels need to be welded in. Passenger side appears to be mainly surface rust. * Missing the grill and headlight bezels. Tail lights too. * The bed has a big dent in the side. This came from backing it into the garage and misjudging the door frame space. * Paint looks pretty worn. *Low fuel light comes on periodically, including times when the tank is full. * Needs seatbelts. The belts themselves are fine, but the "female" ends don't work. * Headliner is gone. THE GOOD I know, I know...what's really left to list as good. But there are a few good things: * Body is pretty much rust free. A few minor spots here and there that are a quick sanding and primer job. Though, I also haven't taken off the fender flares...so there may be something hidden under there. But other than that possibility, body is rust free and straight. Well, except that one part of the bed. * Transmission shifts smoothly and easily. Transfer case works and easily shifts through all settings. * Tailgate is not pictured, but I do still have it. Has fully functional tailgate that is rust free. Also has plastic bedliner. I should also point out I've never taken the bedliner out, so I have no idea what the actual condition of the bed itself is. * Includes tool box mounted in bed. * Tires are virtually brand new, though it has no spare. * Carpeting etc. has already all been ripped out. Trim pieces are all still there, though some are now residing in the bed of the truck. * It may never be a show piece again, but it may make for a decent start to an off road or trail platform.
  3. If you are ready to sell, or know of one, let me know. Prefer a manual that has or had AC. Willing to pay for a good one! Thx
  4. Hello all! Since I am now only 2 weeks away from picking my first MJ off of a very kind man in NJ. I thought I'd start my build thread for it now! Specs: 1989 Jeep Comanche Custom, 4.0L, 5 speed, 4x4, Long bed. Money shot The interior needs work but not too bad. I'd like to swap to an all black interior. And only 109,000 miles! Not bad for a 24 year old truck.
  5. I was browsing CL for parts for my rally car project and searched for "Comanche" out of habit. No results in my area, but the "Local" results showed a thread with a hitch listed for an 88. I emailed the guy and he replied back, so after a few phone calls and a delay due to Sandy, I went yesterday to pick it up. He was not there but had left it in the back of his truck and I left the cash for him. After getting home, I compared it to pictures on here and on the open internet and it looks WAY off, but he assured me that he pulled it himself from an '88 longbed. He had lots of other MJ parts and has multiple MJs, but I can't fight the feeling that something is not right about it. (Before you ask why I did not just test it out, it was still storming here last night so I could not check it out for fit, and tonight is trick or treating for my kids.) So the model number (83147) shows as a match for a longbed MJ: http://www.realtruck.com/shared/pdf/manufacturers/103/06_hhcatalog-212pg.pdf (Page 41) Further reference: http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=65833 The flanges do NOT look right to me, versus what I saw in these threads: http://comancheclub.com/topic/26626-receiver-hitch/page__hl__hitch http://comancheclub.com/topic/28081-hitch-hardware/page__hl__hitch Did I get the right part?
  6. 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.
  7. 1989 Jeep Comanche Long Bed Vancouver, Wa 4.0L / Mannual / 4x4 / 4.5" Lift / 33" Dick Cepek Mud Terrains / 97-01 Fenders, Grill, Doors Custom Quarter Armor and Led Tail Lights Color: Dark Copper / Brown Future upgrades: 97-01 Interior Four link Rear Dana 44s front and back Ax-15 Swap 99-04 WJ knuckels 4.7 Stroker Front Bumper from or fab - http://www.offroadoutpost.com/jeep-cherokee-xj-front-hd-bumper-with-hoop-83240/
  8. 88 long bed big ton. Dana 44, 4.0L, auto with power/comfort mode, 4x4 with posi-lock front end. 4.0L has fresh internals from a rebuild done before I bought it, this was about 7 years ago. I drove it daily for about 3 years then only occasionally for the past 4. Bored .010 with forged pistons and a camshaft from an HO 4.0L. Has a flowmaster exhaust with no cat since its beyond emissions testing years. Brand new alternator. Brand new wires, cap, plugs, and rotor. New main battery cables. NSS has been bypassed. Has a manual electric fan. Just recently put a new gasket at the thermostat that was leaking. Good now. I've always run synthetic oil. Doesn't leak any. The bad part is it runs rough because of the electronics. I think it needs a TPS, an O2, and an EGR. Eats gas, probably 10-12mpg. The battery needs to be replaced. It starts reaaaaally slow even after cleaning and regreasing the starter and having another running Jeep hooked up to it. That probably needs to be replaced too. Spent over a $1000 repairing the rotted frame. It was fixed pro by SVE Performance and a little bit by myself. I removed the bed to clean and paint the frame. Bed is in good condition but a few of the bolts holding it down are broken. It's got 4 good ones. Gas tank was new when I bought it but the fuel gauge does not work. I think its the sending unit. It is bolted to the bed and no longer hangs from the j-hooks, those mounts rotted away. It may still leak. I haven't filled it past a few gallons but I put a new gasket on the sending unit and JB welded around the wires going to the pump. The interior is mostly junk. No radio, no carpet, driver side floor needs replacing, heat smells bad, no interior lights, fuel gauge doesn't work, lights instead of analog gauges, noisy as all hell on the highway because of that exhaust, unsupportive bucket seats from an XJ but I do still have the bench hiding in the garage. Brakes are okay. Removed the rear bed adjuster and plumbed hard lines, never had a lockup but I don't drive it much. Could use a new booster I think but its driveable. The doors are bad. The driver side window cable is broken and won't open all the way. The rockers are disintegrating. 4wd is good, steering is good, suspension good, sounds good with the engine work and exhaust, tires have decent tread but are pretty old regardless. They hold air. I've been saving it and saving it in the hopes of building it someday as a tough truck racer or casual wheeler but that reality is too far into the future. I think with a better mechanic than myself, this can be a really good truck; a fuel cell or a new sending unit/pump assembly, a new brake booster and master cylinder setup, and some new engine electronics and it should be good. I'll get some more pics.
  9. Any advice or write ups on how to do a remove and install the entire dash assembly in our MJs? Mine is cracked up from 28 years of heat and sun. I am taking the dash out of an '88 XJ as it is not cracked or damaged. Wasn't sure how much work is involved or if there's anything special I need to know before starting...
  10. hey just bought a 1987 comanche long bed, metric ton, 4.0 4x4 5spd p a shjot transmision! was looking at putting a iron rock offroad 5.5" critical path long arm on talked to the guys very cool.... just wandering how much lift can you put on comanches before i need a sye and a new drive shaft?? and if i do need that whats the most efficient route? thanks hope i get some good feedback!!
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