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A College Students V8 Comanche

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update since I haven’t been near my truck since January. I have been collecting parts for it though so I can start to replace some of the worn out appearance parts. I scored a nice non faded set of taillights that look a lot better than the ones I have as well as a nicer set of Comanche emblems. I found a factory radio that I want to put in to replace my 1990 era cheap radio since I like the look of the oe one much more. I also got a different style of side mirror that isn’t the breakaway style from a 93-96 cherokee since mine arnt in the best shape. I’ll be able to start putting some of these parts on it this weekend. I hope to have time to change out the rear flex brake line as well as finish putting the passengers door back together and fix the turn signals

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Holy cow! Those taillights have mirror reflection to them! That's a score to make some jealous. Did ya find them in a junkyard?

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1 minute ago, eaglescout526 said:

Holy cow! Those taillights have mirror reflection to them! That's a score to make some jealous. Did ya find them in a junkyard?

I actually found them from a guy who was parting out a comanche in Michigan.  I didn’t pay junkyard prices for them but I also didn’t pay more then I’ve seen hazy sets sell for. They are still shiny and very clear unlike my other set

 

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most of the hazy ones can become shiny again with a bit of work. :L:  

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19 hours ago, Pete M said:

most of the hazy ones can become shiny again with a bit of work. :L:  

I’m sure mine can probably be made shiny again but I got a deal I couldn’t refuse on these so I’ll probably just keep the other set as spares. I do also have a third imperfect set that has some age cracking but I don’t think there’s anything that can be done to fix those

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I simply cleaned this pair and hit them with some clear coat.  it may not be the best route for ones that can actually be brought back to perfection, but they look dang good from 10 ft. :D 

 

 

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I got my coolant reservoir mounted today which was one of the last things I had to do to my truck. I’m back home on spring break so I hope so get it insured and registered on Monday so I can take it to get a tuneup and allignment before I have to go back to school. I need to try to find a different upper radiator hose tomorrow since the one I have is very very close to hitting the belt and I’d like to do a few things to the interior 

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Today I got a new upper radiator hose installed in my truck that clears the belt much better as well as the ac compressor (which currently is bypassed). I also thinned out the factory engine bay harness and removed all of the wiring that I didn’t need anymore. In doing so I found a mess of splices and junctions wrapped in duck tape which may explain some of the electrical gremlins that I had. It looks much cleaner now and it’s much easier to find and trace wires. All of the splices got soldered and heat shrink tubing so I hopefully won’t have any more issues

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I finally got my truck registered and insured after owning it for 3 years which was a pretty big milestone. I also made the discovery that the front accessory drive that I have on my engine hits the hood when I install the ac compressor. I had a bypass pulley on it and had never tried the actual compressor until a few days ago. I’m going to source another one from a 94-95 Chevy truck with the 5.7 which I know will clear the hood. The 4.3 Chevy blazer set up that I have on it now is getting sold to my dad who wants to use it on another project. I also got the truck tuned up and figured out that the carburetor was messed up again so I had the shop install a low mileage pretty much new one on it just to get it back on the road. I plan to do throttle body efi at some point after I get the rest of the truck dialed in but I’d rather use that money on the ac components that I need right now

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1 hour ago, 88mjsally said:

I finally got my truck registered and insured after owning it for 3 years which was a pretty big milestone.

 

indeed it is! :applause: there are a bunch of MJ owners familiar with that feeling. :L: 

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My dad took the truck to get aligned last weekend while I’m at school and he says it drives much better. I also picked up a new to me toolbox that was cheap but needs a little cleaning up. I’ll be back home working on it more this coming weekend so I can finish up a few more little things and possibly drive it back to clemson for the end of the semester. I need to change out the instrument cluster, fix the seat belt buckles, fix the floor, tighten the drivers wheel bearing and adjust the almost worn out rear drum breaks

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I’ve been working on the truck again this weekend since I just got finished with school until the fall. I got the rear drum brakes replaced since they were worn out and I didn’t want to mess with a disk brake or axle swap right now. A ford 8.8 is coming soon but until I fix some other issues I am going to hold off on that and just drive it like it has a dana 35. My dad has been driving the truck around a lot and it’s doing pretty good other than some speedo bouncing issues, no windshield wipers and a horrible windshield that is very scratched up and needs to be replaced. I’m going to try to troubleshoot the wipers today and maybe do a few other small things

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On 5/5/2019 at 9:38 PM, Awinski said:

love this build!

Thank you, I appreciate it!

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I have started finishing up the interior recently including fixing the wipers, installing door panels and adding courtesy lights. I picked up a xj third brake light from the junk yard and I’m planning on trying to adapt it to fit in the back window so I have one

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