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"Wendy"- 88 Jeep Comanche Build

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On 5/8/2018 at 4:39 PM, cshellaby said:

I've been looking for a bench seat. Do you still have yours, if so would you be interested in getting rid of it?

Chris

 

cshellaby@yahoo.com

Sorry Bud I don't have the seat anymore. The bench was shot

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This is the week my hunk of junk should be all the same color! Tomorrow to be more specific

Earlier this week I pulled the bed off with the help of a buddy, surprised how good of a condition my fuel tank, frame rails and underside of the bed are. 

My rear frame rails were extremely dirty I am in the process of cleaning them, just don't know if I should coat them or just leave them as is for now

 

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with just 2 people the bed is very easy to move around.

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Had to get an extra trap to "extend" my carport as part of the paint prep because the monstaliner can't be painted on hot metal that has been sitting in direct sunlight.

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It Sure looks funny but it gets the job done :rotfl2: I only need it to work for a few hours tomorrow. Jeep definitely looks a bit odd with no bed

 

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The one thing I don't like about painting so far is all the prep work involved, well mostly because I want it to look good

 

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This was some duplicolor bed armour my friend had laying around (not the best but a free gallon) I started the inside of the bed and the tailgate. I was painting with a brush and it was a bit tricky to get the texture I was looking for but its as good as its going to get. I am probably going to do some touch ups tomorrow as I paint the exterior of the truck

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Nervous and excited to get this painting process started and finished.  I have some left over of the duplicolor so I don't know if I should use that for the frame rails or paint the rear bumper with it

 

 

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Today was a long, somewhat stressful but productive day. 

Finished taping everything off and removing what trim pieces I could like mirrors

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I waited for the girlfriend, we began mixing paint and going at it

The color is predator green from Monstaliner

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It came out awesome for my first attempt ever trying a product like this or painting a whole vehicle for that matter

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I primarily used a roller and a brush and it seemed to be all we needed to get the job done. I tried my best to do a good job, there are some parts that could use some more paint, or my taping could have been better but all in all it came out good for doing it in a backyard and minimal vegetation and bug landing on wet paint. If I had to do it over again, I would do some more disassembly and better taping skills. Its experience and you can learn from it. 

Here is a shot of the passenger door done, 2 coats of monstaliner. I'll get more pictures when I put it all back together

 

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On 5/10/2018 at 1:17 AM, Swampy said:

My rear frame rails were extremely dirty I am in the process of cleaning them, just don't know if I should coat them or just leave them as is for not

 

Definitely clean / paint any hard to reach part when you make it easier to get to. I still regret not cleaning and undercoating the trans hump when I had my trans out...

 

Nice progress on the paint! It'll probably be next year before I do mine, but I'm definitely not looking forward to taking the whole exterior apart to do it right... I thought about taking it to a paint shop, but the price tag of a pro job just isn't worth it to me on a truck that mostly is used to haul garbage to the dump and pickup builder supplies. 

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2 hours ago, Skorpyo said:

 

Definitely clean / paint any hard to reach part when you make it easier to get to. I still regret not cleaning and undercoating the trans hump when I had my trans out...

 

Nice progress on the paint! It'll probably be next year before I do mine, but I'm definitely not looking forward to taking the whole exterior apart to do it right... I thought about taking it to a paint shop, but the price tag of a pro job just isn't worth it to me on a truck that mostly is used to haul garbage to the dump and pickup builder supplies. 

probably going to pick up a bottle it 2 of under coating just to give them something fresh, The are in good condition just thinking of taking advantage of the fact that the bed is off.

 

I had the same reasoning when choosing to go with the monstaliner, I didn't want to get a nice paint job and pay for it when it is going to get scratched and ruined when the truck sees some trails. Most paint shops told me $600 if I did all the body work myself. Less than $400 I was able to buy the mostaliner, do the body work and have it all painted. I should have removed the door handles but I didnt know how to do that

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Almost 10 months to date and phase one of this build is virtually complete. It brings a tear to my eye seeing how far I have come, and how much I have learned.

I still have a bit to do like fender flares, windshield trim, speedo, windshield wipers, stickers, gaskets/seals, steering/alignment etc but all the major stuff is checked off. I just got it back together today fully painted. It could look better but from 10ft away it looks amazing :rotfl2:

I got my tail lights mounted, painted my rear bumper, and did the egr delete.

 

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EGR DELETE: the only thing I don't know is what to do with the vaccum line that went to that valve on the intake

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Refinishing the front emblem 

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1-plug looks like the o2 sensor plug and the 4 prong one is for an automatic transmission if you had one...

but all older model Jeep harnesses had them all equipped the same to save time and money at the factory 

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2 hours ago, 88whitemanche said:

1-plug looks like the o2 sensor plug and the 4 prong one is for an automatic transmission if you had one...

but all older model Jeep harnesses had them all equipped the same to save time and money at the factory 

The o2 sensor is hooked up in that picture, I guess they are just random plugs

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5 hours ago, Submariner said:

So why did you remove the EGR valve?

Mostly because I swapped the exhaust manifold and I had to plug the bottom of the manifold and there wasnt really any use for the valve in my opinion. 

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For the most part the comanche is done for now! I love the way it came out. Still have plenty of things to do like gears, lockers, fender flares, bigger tires etc but main fundamental 

 

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Also got a tool box from Walt, it could use a coat of paint but I love it

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And when I look at the before and after pictures I am surprisingly amazed

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Consider it an impulse buy, 4- 36x12.5x15 tsl swampers for $100. I couldnt pass on the deal. Yesterday I mounted them all on 15x8 american racing wheels and I couldnt be happier with the look. Yes I know, I am probably going to have to trim fenders, definitely need longer bump stops (Front and rear), and I need to save for gears and lockers.

 

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I have decided to keep the jeep more of a toy/dedicated trail rig. Until I can put some more money in it to make it even more reliable to be like a weekend warrior :comanche:. It may end up as a trailer queen, but who knows :holdwrench:

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As I keep saying still have lots to do, but this is going to be it for a while, after next week it is getting parked till roughly December time :sad: . None the less I am still amazed by what I was able to do especially under a year from when I first got the jeep. I couldn't have done it without the help of this forum. 

 

These are some pictures from the first and last trip out for a while, this was right by my house because I had to take it out at least once before I left to university. 

What Happened on the trip:

For being under geared and under powered it did well on the trails, it struggled in the softer thicker mud mud because 4banger+ 3.55 gears+ 36" tires+ open diffs= going no where. :peep:

As far as carnage goes, it started smoking because I am leaking oil from the distributor gasket and this plate on the side of the block, lost my exhaust tip, and the passenger side adjustable upper control arm came apart. So those are things added to the list of things to do/fix.

 

But this pretty much wraps up phase 1 of the build, phase 2 is going to be gears, lockers, roll cage (hopefully), power steering, fixing the oil leaks, fix gauges, interior upgrades/missing pieces, radio/speakers, front bumper, winch, battery box, snorkel etc.

 

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Thank you guys again for all the help 

 

 

 

 

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