vanquishings Posted April 18, 2022 Share Posted April 18, 2022 Had always wanted a car to tinker on that had (somewhat) easily available parts. Always really liked XJs, but I already have an SUV, and needed something to haul bigger things. Saw a Comanche one day and knew I had to have one. Spent the better part of a year looking for one, and then I found what I was looking for. Wanted one that was relatively rust free, and a decent color. Knew I wanted the short bed, and the 4.0 6L that I've heard so many great things about. I'd assume I'd have to get whatever I found repainted, and undercoated, but lo and behold, I found an 88 Pioneer in NC that had all of those things, and more, with only 136k on the odometer. Now, it's not all daisies, it's far from perfect, but what Jeep is? She starts and runs just fine, and that was the main concern with me. Everything else I'm fairly confident that I can solve with a few beers, this place, and a haynes manual. It needs a lot of work, and I'll probably be wearing out the modifications and repairs sub forums for help along the way. I'm not a total car nerd, but I can turn a wrench and solder, so how bad could it be? I really love this truck, and plan on slowly but surely getting it back to totally pristine. Every time I look at it, I see another thing that needs doing, but here's the list as it sits now, in no particular order. Some tasks are larger than others. If you have advice or recommendations, I'm all ears. I've already bookmarked a few walk throughs on here, but I'll take all the help I can get! I plan on adding to this thread as I go, as well. TO DO: - Chase power steering leak - Very light transfer case leak - Change oil over to full synthetic - fix sagging rear end. Almost seems like the front got a lift kit with new shocks, and the back got maybe just an AAL. It's a minor sag, but enough to stand out when I look at it. - Was looking at a Zone offroad or rusty's offroad 4.5" kit, just to start from scratch, suspension wise. - fix horrendous steering. Driving straight has the wheel at about 10 oclock. Gave it a quick wiggle test and it seems like the track bar and drag link are both totally shot. - might change rear breaks to discs. The drums look fairly shot. - sort wiring. Everything under the hood is a bit of a mess - clean engine bay. For being in decent shape, everything is fairly dusty. - add a winch to brush bar - replace back glass (this one is already proving to be a doozy) - replace windshield wiper motor (I've only got one speed right now, and it's the high setting. And it isn't very high) - replace wheels and tires - lube hood latch - lube tailgate handle - center tailgate - replace/restore sagging headliner and sun visors - replace/restore bench seat upholstery - clean up/repaint rusted seat brackets - replace license lamps and lamp plates - replace rear fender flares for non 4 door XJ versions - replace interior door handle trim (chrome is cracked) - replace driver side exterior handle (black is cracked) - install A pillar screws and screw covers (missing) - install cabin lights (missing) - replace missing lower dash screws - replace rusted battery hold down - replace cracked driver's side window trim - restore underhood retractable light - replace radio/speakers - fix dash gear shift indicator being off center - fix hood prop holder - remove rust under rear bumper -replace grab handle DONE: - replaced transfer case sensor switch to resolve the Part Time 4WD light always being on. - fuel gauge registers backwards. Assume the PO put the wrong sending unit in before MPS made theirs. Have one of those in bound. - cleaned up inside of fuel tank door I have photos of almost all of the to-do list, just to remind myself. If you'd like to see images of anything, or have any of the trickier parts like the rear window/license lamp plate/lights, please don't hesitate to reach out! The same goes for if you see anything that needs fixing urgently. Yall definitely know more about these beauties than I do. I look forward to following this up, as time permits. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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