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October 2017 - USAFAGumby's 1989 Comanche 4x4

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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

 

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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! 

 

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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:

 

 

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Thanks everyone! I should be dropping an air frame soon and moving to a more permanent location (hopefully one with a driveway and garage). Big plans in the future, thanks for keeping this site up and running :comanche:

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How did you get the fenders to fit! Did they make some for Comanche or are they retrofits from Cherokee.  I currently have some on mine, not sure what kind as I didn't install them, IMO they ruin the lines of the truck, they're too puffy looking. I'm hoping that I can take those off without a lot of metal work and fit some like yours on.  Which kit did you use?

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They are bushwhacker flats for a 2door cherokee. Fronts fit perfect but the rears leave a bit of a gap near the body line. Take your time and line them up better than I did and they will look great!

How did you get the fenders to fit! Did they make some for Comanche or are they retrofits from Cherokee.  I currently have some on mine, not sure what kind as I didn't install them, IMO they ruin the lines of the truck, they're too puffy looking. I'm hoping that I can take those off without a lot of metal work and fit some like yours on.  Which kit did you use?


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