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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. The rear leaf seems like it may not be the original, looks beefy to me. 

 

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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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Wanted to throw some TJ pics in here for my own archive if that’s cool? Had a lot of great times and were I originally caught the Jeep bug. Was totally stock when I bought it so I painted angry eyes on it and threw a few other parts on it.

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4.0 with a 5 speed and some stock axels. Had a OME 3 inch lift, JKS track bar and sway bar disconnect. 33x12.5’s and some other goodies.

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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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