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Unread 09-09-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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1989 Comanche Rebuild

To start with, I am a die hard Wrangler guy. I have been obsessed ever since owning my first TJ. After painting rymanrph's Comanche a couple months ago, I decided I wanted my own Comanche. You can never have too many Jeeps!

The other day I purchased (well, my dad purchased) a 1989 Comanche long bed from iaai.com. My dad owns a body shop, and he buys salvaged vehicles to restore and sell for profit. These are the only pictures we had to go by when bidding:

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We were the high bidder for $700. I went and picked it up earlier today. I didn't get any pictures, but will try to get some tomorrow. Here are the specs:

122xxx miles
4.0 6 cyl.
5 spd manual
4wd
Dana 44 rear axle

It looks like it got side-swiped on the passenger side, as it has body damage extending from the fender to the front of the rear wheel well. Left a bunch of big dents, but didn't really scratch it up or anything. There is very little rust that I have seen so far. The paint is also faded really bad all over, so it will have to be totally re-done. Luckily I know a place that does that sort of thing. What suprises me the most (other than the dana 44 rear) is how the nice the interior is. The seat, dash, door panels, and the headliner are all in really good shape. It won't need much inside other than a good cleaning. Oh, it runs and drives too!! I haven't really inspected the engine or drivetrain yet though.

My plan for this build is similar to what I did with my LJ. I am going to completely restore it. You know, get it all nice and shiny. However, unlike the LJ, I am going to keep it mostly stock and use it as a daily driver. This will save gas money (the LJ is a hog) and keep miles off of the much newer and much more valuable Wrangler.

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Unread 09-09-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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If I can turn a heep like this

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into a jeep like this

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just imagine what I can do with this Comanche!
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Unread 09-09-2011, 07:53 PM   #3
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I cant wait to see some progress!
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What's you're plans for her?
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Unread 09-10-2011, 11:26 AM   #10
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Read the last paragraph of my first post.
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Unread 09-11-2011, 07:04 AM   #11
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You say you're going to keep it mostly stock, but pretty soon you'll be looking for your '97+ XJ donor. Great find with the Dana 44. You going to paint this one red too? Check out the comanche club forums some time.
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You say you're going to keep it mostly stock, but pretty soon you'll be looking for your '97+ XJ donor. Great find with the Dana 44. You going to paint this one red too? Check out the comanche club forums some time.
I doubt I do the 97+ swap. I definitely will not be swapping the interior or doors like you did. That is way too much trouble. I'm going to try to keep this as low cost as possible. Right now most of my money gets spent on the Wrangler, and I would like to keep it that way.

Yes, I will be painting it red, same color as my Wrangler. I love me some Flame Red Jeeps!

I did check out comanche club, but when I tried to join it said a mod had to activate me and would send me an email confirmation. I never got that confirmation.

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Have a couple of updates and a bunch of pictures, so I will try to blast through those some time today.
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Nice find, the 4.0 4x4's with a manual trans are hard to find. At least for me... I can only find 2wd. What gives?
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Nice find, the 4.0 4x4's with a manual trans are hard to find. At least for me... I can only find 2wd. What gives?
Even rarer is the tow package with the dana 44 rear.

I would say I got really lucky with this one. Comanches rarely pop up on our auction site, and when they do they are so beat up and rusty they won't even bring scrap value. This one was only a 2 hour drive from my house too!
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Unread 09-11-2011, 08:09 AM   #15
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This red one is actually the second MJ I bought. Here is the first:

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It's a 1988 Comanche Sportruck short bed. It's a 6cyl, 4wd, 5 spd piece of crap. It has rust everywhere. I originally bought it to fix, but is has so many rust issues that I have now decided to just use it for parts, and then scrap what is left.

Few things it did have going for it that will be used on the '89:

A basically brand new set of Goodyear Wrangler Armortracs. They will be going on the alloy rims that are on the '89 'manche. They are slightly smaller than what is on there now, but it isn't enough to bother me. At least it gets rid of the mismatched set of worn out tires that came with it.

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It has a nice looking roll cage in the bed. Should look pretty cool in the long bed.

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I also might take the sliding rear glass out of it. I might be using the right door off of it instead of fixing the body damage on the door of the other one. I might need the radio and a couple of other minor interior things.

More updates later.
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