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I acquired a 1990 Comanche Eliminator, 2wd, 4.0 auto, about three years ago for $0. It had been abandoned and picked up by a buddy (wrecker company), long story short he gave it to me. It has sat in the garage waiting for me to make my mind up and money. I have been lurking for awhile and will be using quite a few peoples builds as references: Wrenches gone Wild/Mild, Drahcir495's Build-up, Project Onyx, to name a few

My intentions are to have a dependable truck that looks decent and functions properly that can be possibly passed down to my grandson(jury still out on that one).

Things that I want to do:

'97+ front clip - looking

'00 Cherokee Doors - have

'00 dash - have

'00 interior - have

'00 wiring - have

POR15 floors

updated windshield moulding and windshield

2500 taillights - waiting for

LED interior/exterior lights, except headlights - working on

fresh paint , Gun metal grey

new decals(vinyl) "ELIMINATOR"bed, "JEEP" front/back, "COMANCHE"fenders (old style font) no gradientImage Not Found

new undercoating

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powdercoat bumpers

showbar, black ?????

removal of any and all chrome, sorry Hornbrod

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4.0/AW4 rebuild (undecided)thanks Bo

4.3/700R4 ?????? - have

8.8 axle - have

complete rebuild the suspension (bushings, etc)

powdercoat clear or black chrome wheels

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original truck pictures

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Removed the windshield trim, wipers, cowl to remove the windshield.

I used a flat tip screwdriver on the passenger lower corner and pried up. I lifted the windshield up and pressed from the inside with my hand with no resistance, until i go to the driver side top and the windshield cracked.

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I know now why the carpet is screwed up.

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Scrapped the windshield frame

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I'll finish it when I get the dash out.

removed back wall carpet, there are 2 clips on each side and 2 screws on the bottom.

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removed the rest of the passenger trim.

the passenger door, '00, had been put on earlier when I got a spurt to do something.

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Make sure you post a few "before" pictures of the truck. I always love to see how the project started out ;) . That sucks about the windshield. My windshield was the cause of all my floor rust :fs1: . I hope you can get one of those S10 bumpers on it soon; I am dying to see a write up on it. JohnQ said at one time he was attempting to do the same thing. You may want to hit him up for some input. Keep us posted on the build-up, it should be very interesting :cheers: - Rich

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shelbyluvv - I appreciate the parts, did you get the axle off loaded

 

Drahcir495 - I'll try to get it out of the garage this weekend, hopefully it will stop raining. working on acquiring the bumper and then try to do a write up

 

jtdesigns - looking for the light bar, a little steep at the dealership, If I can't find it in the junkyard will probably buy the housing and go from there.

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jtdesigns - looking for the light bar, a little steep at the dealership, If I can't find it in the junkyard will probably buy the housing and go from there.

I found them on carparts.com in a few places,, trick is searching for "roof" on 02-06 Renegades. :thumbsup:

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---small update---

started removing the windshield trim pins, all but removed the engine wiring harness (PO really hacked the hell out of the harness), removed the header panel, pass fender.

 

moving slowly, honey do's keep getting in the way. More later.

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  • 4 weeks later...

still looking for a Colorado rear bumper, picked up a '98 S10 bumper for 50.00.

Turned it around so I can get the motor out. Removed the front bumper, breaking all four of the clips.

Started disconnecting the wiring from the motor and draining fluids.

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removed old bumper leaving the brackets attached to the truck. 15mm socket and wrench.

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Switched the brackets on the S10 bumper. there are four bolts, two are accessible from the bottom of the bumper 3/4 socket,

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the other two you have to remove the plastic cap, I started on the end and slowly pried with a screwdriver

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remove cap and expose the other bolts, 3/4.

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I switched the brackets loosely tightened, "C" facing towards the center,

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to see where I needed to cut the S10 brackets, removed the brackets and measured approximately 5 1/8 from the edge

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reinstalled the brackets, loosely tighten bolts, and placed the bumper on the truck bumper brackets for mock up and alignment

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haven't decided if I going to weld the "new" brackets to the "old" or bolt them. Later I will check to see if I can drill holes for the upper bolts in the "old" bracket in case of removal later on.

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  • 3 weeks later...

got the motor/trans out 02/24/2009 took it to the scrapper today.

completed the first bay cleaning with degreaser and oven cleaner.

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finished removing the dash and started on the padding.

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started working on the seat brackets for the '00 seats, work in progress.

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once I finish stripping the interior I'll address the rusty areas, small areas on the passenger side floorboard (no holes) and the battery tray/frame area.

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been collecting parts:

new e brake cable - 52128164-AB

new retainer plates for '00 doors - 55256174

new lower plastic for S10 bumper

"shark fin" antenna for GPS???

new radio antenna, '08 Charger, removing the fender mount

 

started removing undercoating

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Thanks for the compliment.

Been collecting parts:

spring over conversion from Motion Offroad, thanks again

all new steering linkage from NAPA. awaiting delivery

97 ZJ OHC, WJ LCA, ZJ V8 steering gearbox and front swaybar for 100.00

I've also had a chance to disconnect and start removing the Dana 35.

 

More later

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haven't posted in a while a little progress:

cleaned up the ZJ power steering gearbox (awaiting paint),

ZJ LCA (painted- done),

pressed out ball joints (PITA),

burned out axle bushing,

Stripped paint on frt axle with aircraft stripper (awaiting paint)

cut bracket off 8.8 (awaiting to be paint stripped)

 

will post pics later

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  • 5 months later...

Finally after a loong delay got my front axle back in, all poly bushings are in except for shackles. Picked my motor up again and two wiring harness. Been working on a new cluster since the '00 cluster will not work with my motor, obd1+obd2=X, plexiglass and auto meter gauges using the '00 overlay.

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