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Preservation or Desecration? The 96/86 Crewmanche Build

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On 2/27/2021 at 2:25 PM, Ollie said:

I love it, wish I had the talent to attempt something like that. I always gravitate to "odd Balls" like that at a car show. Sure going to be a head turner. 


Having Comanche Fun,


Thanks!! And I'm not talented by any means. :rotfl2: I'm just hacking it together with a wing and a prayer. It's not perfect by any means. 

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So I ran out of welding wire the other day... so I moved on to messing with other things till I got more. Redid the headliner, not perfect but it works. I tried to match the cab trim to the Cherokee fronts, but it was a little darker. 






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Pulled the interior back out since it's finally getting warm. Painted the floor and seam sealed everything. Put my sound insulation down, now to put it back together. 


Had a friend come over and do bodywork on the roof, not my cup of tea. :laugh:






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Small bump. Life has unfortunately gotten in the way the past year. 


The main holdup from getting it on the road was a driveshaft. 


I wanted a one piece shaft but after talking to numerous shops, I've been steered toward a two-piece. 


I've ordered a shaft from a 05 F-150 and will have it shorted and swap joints to make it work hopefully. 


Today I got it fired up and did some body work I'd put off. Hope to have it finally going soon!





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Got my conversion joints today and put a Jeep Yoke on this Ford Driveshaft and lo-and-behold it actually fit. 


Threw up a temporary crossmember just to hold it up there. I'll engineer a drop/open space so I can orient the carrier in the correct position. 


While trying to tighten the rear up, I snapped a bolt. Nothing can ever go smoothly. Welded on a nut and got it out thankfully. 


Progress in the right direction, hopefully I can keep the momentum going. 








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