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89 MJ - Refreshing a Beater

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yup, I love a good restomod. :D   I love that blue too!  my second fav color after the hunter green.

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Before I can put the Comanche in my shop to begin work, I needed to move some stuff off of the floor and out of the way, so I spent today building new shelves. Nothing pretty, but they're solid. a053f70135b062dbcd1a94cf43da584d.jpg

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Finally pulled the donor XJ in the shop to begin stripping the wiring harness and interior out. 4e94d9767448c6fe623be02f7e693f49.jpg5a575ec6be6a37ba7c97386bcf0c7a26.jpg

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Pretty excited, just ordered a Trinity V2 fan controller from Nickintime for my triple electric fan setup. I'm planning on taking my time with this HO harness, and fixing it right, keeping things looking pretty tidy, while integrating my keyless entry/ remote start system, fan controller and auxiliary switches.

I'll be on the hunt for a 97+ washer tank setup to free up space under the hood and around the WJ booster.

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Actually made some progress today. Hauled the Comanche out of the yard into the shop and began work on the floors. Wire wheeled down all the rust, then patched the worst of it, then finally a coat of Chassis Saver. I'd rather have had satin black, but gloss was all that was readily available. I'll add another coat on Monday.

I also installed Noico 80 mil sound deadener to the roof and inside the doors. Much improvement.

It was a full day's work, but it feels good to have actually made some progress. 164c49cd65b2039cb4a3184fc6640dc4.jpg7cfd630455d256e7c13fff2fb2eaeb91.jpg89e27593a2d0864276c6b642e4a08f1b.jpgfdb1cce06dad764fd45c54fa86f8d545.jpga04e979bc19c5c35029116154fdeec36.jpg

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Another evening of wrenching and the XJ donor has now surrendered the dash, heater box, floor and transfer case shifters, and all necessary interior wiring. Added another coat of Chassis Saver to the Comanche floor today and should be able to start going back together after it cures and I get the sound deadener installed on the floor, tunnel, and back of the cab. 9e6fc84f6577b6022b1ddf1093168d94.jpg

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The floor and trans tunnel are now covered with the Noico 80 mil sound deadening. Used all 36sq ft, didn't have enough to do the back wall, so I'll have to order more.

Also installed the newer column, so now I have tilt steering and a much better way to steer and move the truck around.

Complicating things, the rear brakes locked up. The wheel cylinders are leaking so that will be to be addressed.

Bought a new heater core to put in the heater box before interior reassembly begins.

Test fit the new ACC carpet. Should look alright. 7160565e9b5ea179a21b7abaf8ea3ff9.jpg854c824c4846c9c2eb49eca40c9e905a.jpg

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floors are the worst. :(  tons of work that you will, god willing, never ever see again.  But you've done a great job, man.  kudos to you.  :L: 

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Installed the floor shifter, with shifter cable and interlock cable from the 93 tilt column and the transfer case shifter. Didn't do the linkage yet, still have to find where I put that Boostwerks linkage kit.

New heater core is in and the box is back in the truck. I used the newer 93 XJ box. It seemed less brittle.

And finally, the engine bay is painted and am starting to install the HO engine harness. Wow, the TCM connector firewall grommet put up a fight!

I thought I was going crazy because I could not find the hole in the firewall for the shifter cable. Took me a while to figure out I had to drill my own hole, which the 1-1/4" holesaw made quick work of. Now I need to find something to plug the column shift cable hole.

Y'all, it's actually starting to look like a truck again. 8f90dac249532f3069ee35b33e51a1f3.jpg4a099a32314491e3d3c7a61a36d90c26.jpge42a21d323c1ca7449fb881482a60069.jpg

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Junkyard haul for today. 2 door grey XJ bucket seats in decent shape. 97+ washer tank/pumps, and cruise control servo.

Also saw this gem. RIP lil Woody. 2331c28df096ca4d7551f9e0f415d5e9.jpg0f45203b7d0ad5ad370965bc64d66210.jpg

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Got the 97+ XJ washer tank installed. It frees up so much space under the hood.

Manifolds are now installed. Gonna see about getting it running first, but new injectors are on the shopping list. 6b789e28913700c8ce1a97bd03d5d15e.jpg61f7efc875e50000df385545be69ae32.jpga04da75f852b6a5dc360161a334b37a4.jpg

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Wired up the XJ HO dash to MJ rear harness jumpers tonight. Really simple thanks to the guide on here. 1e8e03cf8d98bbb38547c45a046f1f13.jpg

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On 2/8/2020 at 4:23 PM, scguy said:

Junkyard haul for today. 2 door grey XJ bucket seats in decent shape. 97+ washer tank/pumps, and cruise control servo.

Also saw this gem. RIP lil Woody. 0f45203b7d0ad5ad370965bc64d66210.jpg

 

 

awww... :(    that would be a sweet ride. maybe with a turbo in it :D  

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More progress. Spent the day wrenching, and mostly trying to find the right bolts to reassemble things taken apart almost 4 years ago. You know, fun.

I got the dash and interior harness in the truck. Not totally together with the harness inside, I was mostly working under the hood today.

I ended up having to rotate the interior fuse box 90 degrees, made it a bit tight to get the steering column brace bolt in, but it's manageable. The wiring adapters I made seemed to work out well.

The transmission linkage is hooked up now. I ordered wheel cylinders and shoes for the rear to remedy the currently leaking rear wheel cylinders.

I got most of the accessories installed, verified the belt size, got the starter on, installed the rocker arms and pushrods, added the cruise control servo, and EVAP canister.

The WJ booster and master cylinder are installed. I used the brake pedal assembly from the 93 XJ, so I didn't have to modify the booster rod or brake light switch at all. I'll have to run new lines, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Had my little guy supervising the work today, getting a little shop time in. 3efa82c64d7435a301ef12fff597b384.jpgbdff99eeba430b25e894ed83dba30c7f.jpg8237f2cb4f830c3d6b53575b8c15d7fe.jpg1e117dbfd084e3bde7010f7d397df456.jpg6041022275265e43fe26d62f583b842c.jpg

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