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:
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:
4.0 6 cyl.
5 spd manual
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.