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86 Comanche “Joanne”

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Starting a build thread after 3 months of owning my 86 Comanche, had a TJ a few years back and ended up having to let it go. Since I sold it I knew I wanted another Jeep  and now needing a truck I stumbled across this gem in Lancaster PA. Drove it home to Baltimore MD in poring down rain with a decent driveline vibration and dry rotted tires, safe I know. But this is a strong truck or so it seems. Here’s a pic from the craigslist ad:

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1986 Jeep Comanche X 4x4 Lwb

2.5 l

AX-5

Np 207

Dana 30 front 

Dana 35 rear 

3.53 gears

31x10.5r15 BFG Long Trail 

 

Seems mostly stock besides some pocket flairs, d window wheels, snorkel, JKS sway bar disconnects, and a homemade front bumper. 

 

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I’ve done a few things since owning her starting with a H4 relay harness, a new headlight switch, and connector. Glad I did this before it caught fire.Threw some leds in the dash while I was at it.

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New U joints in the rear drive shaft, had the exhaust patched and re attached to the trans bracket.

Put a new trans mount in, cross member bolt broke but I’ll fix that at a later date.

80w-90 in the diffs, fresh fluid in the Np 207 and a new output shaft seal, for some reason it was impossible to find until I went online.FCF9D71F-A04A-4B68-9734-1A8BB81FF545.png.091e959f9d858a0a9bd816c405f7463e.png

And a oil change after a sea foam treatment. Gonna pull the trigger on some redline soon:cool:

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I plan on doing as much as the work I can myself as I want to really learn how to wrench on her properly. Here is how she’s sitting currently:

 

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Picked up some wheels last weekend for $50 so I threw them on the mj. They have maybe 30% tread left but have no dry rot unlike my old tires. Pretty much running these till I can afford some 31’s. Then I’ll have to decide which wheels to go with, I like the 16’s but as you can see with the stock backspacing the flares look pretty bad. 

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Old vs “new”

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Finally got around to putting in my gauge cluster with actual gauges. It doesn’t have the clip for the speedo cable but works just fine. 106622E4-8CCB-4E17-8DEE-57D4235EA800.jpeg.6c00cc7b455fc83137ebd5510cc39867.jpeg

 

Oil pressure sensor

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and the temp sensorFBF551AF-7FCF-4C7C-8D03-6E250F238EAF.jpeg.4d7ce70afa615a0470c9dae578b0e1be.jpeg63C9D5EC-AD76-46BC-AD64-9D31C4DCF2C5.jpeg.f601629a42f75473badc4e421504a1f1.jpeg

 

Oil pressure seems pretty high which doesn’t seem like a bad thing and the temp sensor seems to be very sensitive since I can see when the thermostat opens up via the gauge dropping the temp.

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Pulled my front bumper off to paint it and install some Harbor Freight fog lights.

 

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Also scored some chrome windshield trim that looks pretty sweet. Need to purchase some clips from teamcherokee since quite a few of mine were broken or missing, but there’s enough to hold it on for now.

 

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Also got some rugged ridge mats and loose fitting bench seat cover off amazon. :doh: It will work till I can get the bench  reupholstered.

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2 hours ago, Pete M said:

how well do the lights work?  are they LED or regular?


They’re okay for the $10 I spent on them, and there regular incandescent. The light output isn’t super impressive and the included wiring harness uses a pretty small gauge wire but with higher watt bulbs and some larger wire I think they could be improved.

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