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Okay... that's pretty nice looking.... Let's get that pesky technical stuff out of the way, so we can go back to drooling over pictures. build thread: YEAR/MODEL ●1990 Comanche Sport ENGINE/PERFORMANCE ● Chevy 5.3 Vortec engine, Novak headers, and Novak Cherokee/Comanche specific engine mounts. DRIVETRAIN ● Chevy 4L65E transmission/231J transfer case, Jeep JK Dana 44 axles front and rear. Front has factory locker COOLING ● Novak heavy duty aluminum radiator w/ 3 electric fans ELECTRICAL/IGNITION ● GM System tied into Comanche fuel and rear taillight harness SUSPENSION/STEERING ● Clayton long arm Radius in front, bastard leaf pack in back with U-bolt eliminator kit. Fox shocks all around. Steering is a stock Jeep Cherokee gear box/pitman arm reamed out to except stock Jeep JK drag link, also stock Jeep JK tie rod INTERIOR ●'99 Jeep Cherokee dash swap, with Autometer gauges to monitor the Chevy motor. The seats will be swapped to the '99 Cherokee seats soon BRAKES ● Stock JK brakes all around, but I need to add a proportioning valve to the rear. LIGHTING ● Start in the front with Truck-lite LED headlights, then LED wrap around pods mounted to the fairlead, red LED rock lights at each corner, then out back I have the stock Comanche taillights and a pair of flush mount LED's in the rear bumper. EXTERIOR ● Front - Early JCR bumper, and I added the winch mount which holds a Warn VR 8000 winch, Rear in a DIY JCR bumper, and Notch Custom Flares to finish the look. WHEELS/TIRES ● Tires are Toyo MT's mounted on 17" AEV Pintler wheels, in the JK bolt pattern MISCELLANEOUS ● Recently painted by me(first vehicle paint job) with the factory paint code, custom diff covers with Detroit Jeepers logo, Bullet lined bed. Remember That One Time?... Tell Us Your Best MJ Story ● My best Story to date is the complete rebuild of the awesome truck. I really haven't had it out too much as the build has taken so long, that I am just starting to get it out to make some memories. CC is Awesome!... Why Do You Think So? ● This site is awesome because everything one needs to know about these awesome trucks is right here in one location. Congrats. Rangel!! I guess we will let you stay will such a nice resto-mod
Every month we get to feature some great Comanches, a lot are terrifically built trucks with all kinds of purposes in mind. This month we are highlighting a true survivor of the brand. Its an almost stock 1989, that belongs to BuxMJ. I will let Buck describe his truck in his own words! BUXMJ's 89 Year/Model 1989 Pioneer Engine/Performance 4.0 stock Drivetrain 5 speed AX15, stock transmission with the 4th (I think) clutch. Cooling Stock with aluminum overflow tank. Electrical/Ignition Stock Suspension/Steering Stock with helper springs added Interior Reupholstered driver's seat with stock material. Center console from a Wrangler, cut down shorter. New stereo and door speakers, rebuilt box speakers from '89, upgraded dome lights. Exterior Pioneer stripes removed when repainted in 2000. Repainted again in 2010 in slightly darker grey with black flares and lower panels, drip rails and cowl panel. I had an aluminum topper for 20 years and I feel lucky to have found a Comanche specific topper that cost more to ship than the purchase price but worth every penny. Miscellaneous My mj has earned its retirement and is only driven about 2k miles a year now, currently sitting at 261k. I do use this as a truck still and don't know what I would do without the bedslide. I think I have every receipt for service, repair and parts since I bought it 28 1/2 years ago. Best story: I was cleaning out the back after hauling mulch. I had stopped to use the vacuum at a convenience store and a Jeep CJ pulled up. A father and his young adult son got out and said they tuned around to come see my mj. They said they had owned and restored many jeeps over the years and wanted to stop and thank me for taking care of this Jeep. CC is awesome, tell us why: Since I joined CC several years ago I have been a quiet lurker for the most part. I do not post a lot but have been so impressed with so much on this site. I use it to answer my dumb questions without having to post those dumb questions, there are are so many knowledgeable people who give great advice freely without a condescending attitude for those of us who might need a stupid question answered. I am continually in awe of so many of the Comanches and the stories that go with them.
Fall is officially here gentlemen... Cool weather, crisp sunsets, falling leaves, and the smell of bonfires. Be sure to take those MJ's out and enjoy the ride. This month, we feature a member and truck that is clean, cool, and crisp, just like the season. USAFAGumby's 1989 Comanche 4x4 YEAR/MODEL ● 1989 Base short bed 4x4 ENGINE/PERFORMANCE ● 4.0L: 60mm throttle body, Dodge 703 injectors, THOR cowl intake, catless exhaust DRIVETRAIN ● AX-15 / external slave swap, Ford 8.8 limited slip, 3.55 re-gear, Novak cable shifter, Rustys trans X-member COOLING ● Open cooling conversion ELECTRICAL/IGNITION ● Stock SUSPENSION/STEERING ● Crown Heavy Duty tie-rod and drag link INTERIOR ● Herculined floor, full instrument cluster swap, Euramtec cab lights, 12" sub/component speakers/amp/head unit, airspeed indicator BRAKES ● Rear disk brakes w/ ZJ parking brake cables LIGHTING ● Hella H4 headlights with Putco harness EXTERIOR ● Bushwacker flat fenders, Warrior Products front bumper, two stock side mirrors, Herculined bed, bed rails, body line, fiberglass sun visor, blue MAACO paint job, SoftTopper canvas topper, pitot tube WHEELS/TIRES ● American Racing AR767 with 31x10.5 R15 BFG A/T KO2 Remember That One Time?... Tell Us Your Best MJ Story ● Which time?! This has been my first and only vehicle and I've driven the pants off it. I could start with my pathetic and destructive attempt to repair the rust in the floors; I could talk about the several 24hr trips I've taken to and from NC and CO, including the trip I made with the transmission I rebuilt that wouldn't shift into 2nd, or 4th; There is the ice racing trip I took and proceeded to incur some body damage on the way home from the lake; The hopeful Dyno runs with high expectations and realistic outcomes; Or recently when I finally got stuck for the first time and spent several hours in the mud. Point is I love this truck and the stories keep getting better! Never gonna sell it and can't wait for the next story CC is Awesome!... Why Do You Think So? ● I didn't have any mechanical background till I bought this truck in college but I knew I wanted to work on cars. This site combined with my Formula SAE team taught me everything I know. Literally whenever I have a question, or a no start, or a weird noise this is the first place I turn and somehow I fumble my way into fixing it. Everyone on here is helpful and the tech articles are always super detailed. Keep it up everyone, there are a lot of aspiring mechanics out there who appreciate the help! ====================================================================== USAFAGumby, allow me to be the first to congratulate you on the spotlight this month. This truck had simple roots with a surprisingly clean body for being Chicago-driven. Luckily you saved it from an untimely demise in the rust belt, and made it into one hell of an MJ. Congrats again, Rob :cheers: