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Alexia's 1987 To 1997 Comanche

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Garage is not insulated so the past two weeks it has been 110F out there. Also went to visit PA to finally see my grandmother's grave.(Couldn't make the funeral, but I spent a bunch of time with her beforehand since we knew it was coming.) :P I have been cleaning lots of parts in the living room. Not exactly update worthy material.

 

The HVAC unit, if I can get the defrost flap repaired properly I am going to have to source another.

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Springs arrived today, control arm brackets arrive tomorrow. I need to order the control arms next week.

 

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You going long arm or short? What size tire you going to run?

 

Short arm setup with RE's drop brackets.

 

Tire size is unknown at this time, but I have a general idea. Probably going to do a 33" tire to avoid trimming too much.

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The HVAC unit, if I can get the defrost flap repaired properly I am going to have to source another.

 

How is yours broken? The arm was broken on the shaft of mine. It was a pretty simple fix.

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The HVAC unit, if I can get the defrost flap repaired properly I am going to have to source another.

 

How is yours broken? The arm was broken on the shaft of mine. It was a pretty simple fix.

 

The half star shaft on the flap snapped off inside the plastic arm. I have a bigger screw it now and it works smoother pressing it manually, but I have not taken it outside to the other Jeep to test it yet.

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Rubicon Express control arm drop brackets came in this morning. The metal is so thick they would probably tear apart the unibody before getting hurt.

 

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Testing fitting the the steering brace.

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Testing fitting the the steering column. Leather steering wheel with cruise control! Smells like perfume.

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Coming right along. Looks good!

 

Thanks! Just did some more. :D I finalized the repair to the defrost flap on the HVAC box. Some additional glue and a slightly larger screw securely fastened the arm to the flap.

 

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I have a bunch of photographs waiting to be released in a huge batch. I made lots of progress with the interior that was on hold while I was away on a work trip.

 

However, I did pick up these set of five JK 17" Moab rims and Goodyear Wrangler tires with roughly 65% tread left. The rims are in perfect condition. One has a minor blemish from a wheel weight that can easily be removed with a clay bar.

 

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I like the wheels. Post some pics of interior. I need motivation.

 

As you command!

 

HVAC Unit Test Fit

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Big Gap Needs Filled

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Filler Piece Cut Out

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Filler Piece Painted

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Test Fit of HVAC Unit with Filler Piece

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Checking Placement of Wire Harness Support

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Wire Harness Support Painted

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Wire Harness Bolted and Sealed - Steering Shaft Bushing

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Steering Shaft Bushing

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You know those rims are the wrong bolt pattern, right?

 

Yep, 5x5" bolt pattern and 6.25" backspacing on the JK Moab rims. I am ordering 5x4.5" to 5x5" adapters that are 1.25" thick. That will change the 6.25" backspacing right to the 5" I want which is the same as the TJ Moab rims.

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Just finished cleaning up after lighting a fire in the garage. Going to just skip the rest of working for now!

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My crappy welding will not be shown since it is covered in seam sealer! WIN! Anyway, the ENTIRE UNDER DASH SETUP IS IN PLACE! WOOOOOOOOOO!

 

Right Floor Pan Repair

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Left Floor Pan Repair

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Footwell Pedal Area

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Left Firewall Pad and Steering Brace Installed

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Right Firewall Pad and HVAC Installed

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The Dash FITS! YEAH! SO MUCH WORK!

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Dash back out to modify the 1997 dash harness to work with the 1999-2001 style gauge cluster.

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New carpet is on the way. Center console, passenger door panel, passenger air bag cover, and a Select-Trac shifter bezel all in black are on their way. Soon the interior will be done and I can move up on to assembling the engine bay.

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Lots of parts arriving, time to save up for paint! I am doing other items that need be worked on to help me find anything that might need to be done before paint. I did find another hole I need to drill in the firewall. The 1997 Cherokee never had power options so many of the wires to hook up the connectors are not on the wiring harness. As well, I would have needed to reduce the size of the harness anyway so this all works out. After lots of research, studying, and printing out connector diagrams I figured out how to rewire it cleanly. There are still three larger wires that need their own power harness wired up.

 

Connector Work

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Full Wire Harness

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Connector Work Close Up

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Other Connector End

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Right Door Panel

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Header Panel and Grill

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Right Fender

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  • Fender flare brackets left and right sides. No rust at all, no broken bolts!
  • Right fender to inner fender bracket.
  • Matching fuse box cover.
  • Complete matching key set including the glove box.
  • Glove box!
  • Right flare already in the final chosen color.
  • $7 found in the glove box.
  • Free hammer someone left behind in an engine bay.
  • Also, it is a half price weekend at LKQ!

 

 

LKQ Picks Labor Day Weekend

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Fuse Box and Cruise Control Servo Installed

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Air Box, Computer, and Brake Booster Installed

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Windshield Washer Fluid Bottle Installed

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Left Engine Bay

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Right Engine Bay

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Test Fitting Shifters

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Wiring Harness Adapter Plate Installed

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Parking Brake Paint Detail Top

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Parking Brake Adapter - Cut the entry point for the parking brake cable off the MJ firewall brake mechanism and bolted it on. The distance from there to the cable holding matches perfectly.

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Cut off the hump that normally sticks down through the floor pan since it is unneeded.

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Test Fitting the Sacrificial Center Console

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Paint all the brackets black! I like the clean look of the rust converter spray paint over the corroded bare metal brackets.

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Damn key cylinder that will not go into place!

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wow. first time ive looked at this build in a couple months. amazing what you have done in just 6 months :thumbsup: will be watching here on out for sure

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