Since Jankoid had such good response with his '89 MJ build thread, I thought I'd go ahead and post up some info on my 2nd Comanche.
Since having one Comanche is never enough, here is #2. Its a 1988 Pioneer Olympic edition. 4.0, 5 speed, 4wd. I got it from another Jeep lover across the state (about 10 hours of driving in one day) and I'm picking up where he left off. I'm not sure sure what the final plans for this truck is, but I know my dad has his eye on it, so we'll see.
Straight body, excellent rear bumper, has AC, relatively new carpet and headliner, bench seat in good condition, upgraded gauge cluster, open cooling system, hitch, rear slider window (not sure how it opens yet), nice wheels.
The not so good:
Tiny bit of rot on both rockers, decals and body moldings have seen their better days, tailgate needs paint (paint in general is average, but not bad for its age) and it appears to have a leaking slave cylinder.
All in all, its a great platform and it has tons of potential. I had a great day driving with my dad and the previous owner is really excited that someone is going to be able to finish what he started fixing. Its been a fun day being a Comanche enthusiast. Now that I'm finishing up my '90, I've got another project to keep me busy.
I got the moldings and stripe off. You can see on some panels where the decals were applied before the paint was completely dry, but it looks pretty good from a distance. When I removed the door handles, I broke the spring on the inside, so I swapped out the handles from the rear door of my '97 donor. I tried polishing the wheels, but I only got half way done on the rear one and quit.
I swapped out the half-working fog lights for my Hella driving lights that I had on the '90.
The covers are white and black so they look better on this truck. I haven't upgraded the head lights on the '88 like I did on the '90, so I think having driving lights will be better than the fogs.
I dropped the truck off at the body shop yesterday. It will be getting the rust holes in the rockers patched and the tail gate will be painted. I also found out the front shocks are toast. I still have the original suspension from the '90, so I'll try those shocks (and springs) to see if they're any better.
I still had the old bench from my 1990 and the back was torn on the cover of this bench seat, so I took it to the upholstery shop and had him repair the tear and put it on the old back. Now the cover is repaired and it has head rests.
You're probably thinking, "he did the '97+ front end swap," but you're wrong. I actually traded it for a '99 2 door XJ.
Its a Sport model with power options and cruise control. They guy that I traded wanted to keep his wheels and tires, so we swapped.
Its going to be my new daily driver. It will get better gas mileage than the green MJ and since I'm working in uptown Charlotte now, not having to drive the stick shift in the cobalt will be nice.
I'm going to miss the '88. Its been driving really great recently and I've got a lot of compliments on it. For where I live and work and what my needs are, this is going to be a good swap for me. I gave the new owner a CC card and told him to swing on by. For posterity, here is one last shot of both MJs this morning: