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Unread 08-03-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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1987 Comanche Restore/ Renix to H.O. Swap

Ok, so I have this build on a couple of other forums and decided to post it here as well. It's been fairly slow so far. I can only go as far as money and time permits; neither of which I have a surplus!

Anyway, it started out as an 87 MJ, 2wd, 4.0, Pukegoat trans. Black interior w/ factory buckets. Slowly becoming 4wd and H.O. Plans are a 4-6" lift, 8.8 and SOA in the rear and 33's.

Here's what I started with:




A few more pics, and some interior shots.















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Unread 08-03-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Some progress pics:

Used Chassis Saver on the "frame" and underbody. Sanded and primed the body.





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Unread 08-03-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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The axle from my donor XJ, all cleaned up and painted, with crossover steering.

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Unread 08-03-2012, 11:33 PM   #4
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On it's wheels again, (for now) so I can get it into the garage and drop the engine in.




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Unread 08-03-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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And finally the donor engine and trans dropped in. Wish I had before pics of the engine, but everyone knows what a greasy engine looks like. It's a reman engine with about 5K miles on it.

Brown Dog Offroad Poly Motor Mounts and an eBay speed daddy header. I sanded and painted the valve cover, then blocked the top fins and finished it with hi temp clear.




This is where I am so far, hopefully gonna start installing all the wiring this coming week.
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Unread 08-04-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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I love this thread already.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Haven't updated in awhile, finally finished the bodywork on the cab, now working on the doors and the bed. Almost ready for some paint. Gotta hurry up and get it finished before the wife and I have our first child in November!







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Unread 05-19-2013, 11:46 AM   #8
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Very cool build thread and nice MJ! Love it! If you don't mind me asking, how much did you buy your engine for?
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Unread 05-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #9
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Very cool build thread and nice MJ! Love it! If you don't mind me asking, how much did you buy your engine for?
Thanks, I don't mind a bit, the engine actually came out of my XJ. It was a rebuilt engine with about 5K miles on it. I paid $600 for the whole XJ. P.O. thought there was something wrong with the engine, but turns out it just needed some TLC and a tuneup. I think I have around $400 in new parts on it, water pump, headers, etc. Plus a ton of time in tear down and prep/painting.
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Unread 05-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #10
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Started on the wiring today, and I am thoroughly convinced it is the devil.

Threw the dash in while I was at it, and painted the gauge bezel to match the interior.





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Unread 05-21-2013, 11:18 PM   #11
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Went to pull a part this morning for a few odds and ends, came home and washed all the interior pieces, put together my gauge cluster, and put in the freshly painted steering column. Still working out the wiring as I go. Gonna leave the stuff for the power windows/door locks, etc. Just in case I decide to go that route.





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Unread 05-27-2013, 02:37 AM   #12
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Well, thought I would be OK with just putting the wiring in and cutting off anything that wasn't being used....then my OCD kicked in......Got rid of all the stuff that wasn't going to be used in the 'manche, besides the power door, keyless entry, and power window harnesses. (might decide to use those some day)

Started with this cluster:





Oh, what have I gotten into????



Meh, not so bad...



On to the rear!!! oh crap,



Gettin' there...



Getting everything labeled



Almost ready to start splicing!



And DONE!!! A complete H.O. XJ harness mated to a Renix MJ harness. (dog for comparison only) Since I will be using the XJ fuel sender in a baffle free MJ tank, I left the wiring for that alone, everything else went together great, piece of cake!



All thanks to my ever faithful, three-legged sidekick!

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Unread 05-30-2013, 06:16 PM   #13
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Had the day off, so after I finished most of the honey-do list, I got started on some long overdue attention to the comanche bed. I also cleaned up the intake, just waiting on new injectors and the bored throttle body.



Pressure washed and sanded the bed (one side anyway)



And then some primer-



I really hate the paint on this side of the bed. The other side and back sand as normal, The bedside was replaced at some point, and the paint that was used is extremely soft, some parts sanded smooth. and a few places look like this- Crap

Maybe another coat or ten of primer will smooth things out.

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Unread 05-30-2013, 08:32 PM   #14
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Looks like its coming along nicely! I have always wanted a comanche!
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Unread 07-08-2013, 07:17 PM   #15
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Looks like its coming along nicely! I have always wanted a comanche!
Thanks! It's getting there!

Got the carpet in and cut, painted the console and bolted it down. Looks pretty good!!! Used Krylon fusion in glass black, looks almost factory.












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