Originally Posted by Rockdrummer93
Originally Posted by joegarcia View Post
Cant wait to see more pics. I love comanche builds/restores. My ultimate goal is to build one with a 4bt for pulling my boat and hauling my enduros. Most of the ones I see on craigslist are 4x2's and we all know its easies to start with 4x4. Keep up the good work!
2005 Black Rubicon - OME 933/942 - 4" Bilstein 5100 (canister up) - JKS Adj Track Bars Front/Rear - JKS Quicker Discos - 285/75/16
Originally Posted by bigj1974 View Post
Well went to the junk yard for one of their half price weekends. Picked up some dark grey dash panels and center console and managed to fine a 97+ 2 door that I pulled the passenger side seat hinge out of. The driver side seat was already gone. So here is a picture of the dash as it is now and my pretty lazy helper
Scored this gem yesterday. Factory MJ D44, Pick it up for $60. The guy sold it as a housing cause of no shafts and brakes, more of a steal rather then a buy. Will be building it slowly to install later on. will also pick up a HP30 to do the same.
Finished up the harness today, and taped it up all nicely. In the process of getting the interior all back together before I leave for saudi on the 11th
Well unfortunately progress on the MJ will come to a stop for a good while. I am currently in Saudi Arabia. I have a job lined up that will be paying a lot more then my old job. So for the next year the Comanche will sit till I get back and am able to pick it back up again. Looking at it on the bright side. This does mean the Ol' Manche will see some pretty awesome mods when I get back.
Well looks like I am coming home. Job over here didn't really work out. I'll be coming home and going back to school. I will also be picking back up on the manche. I most likely will be selling my XJ because I can't afford both this one and the XJ and I really want a better DD. So the MJ will be on the trail as soon as I can get it there.
OK so here is the plan right now when I get back.. My over all goal is to have the Comanche ready for the Christmas trip we have every year. In order to be finished with the 97+ swap I still need to install the new style fuel pump assembly, the doors and the rest of the body panels.. That is priority right now. Another main issue I need to address before I do anything major is the crack in the frame at the steering box bolt, probably just going to weld up the crack grind it down then install some front frame stiffeners on top to help reinforce it. once all of that is done. Im probably going to paint it. Still not sure what Im going with at the moment. I want to stick with a factory Mopar color. I saw where someone on here did a whole rattle can paint job from those 5oz. cans of Mopar touch up paint and it didn't turn out that bad. Im looking at either PJ4 Cosmos Blue, PEM Red Rock Crystal Pearl, PYJ Inca Gold, PGJ Jeep Green Metallic, PBA Winter Chill or if none of those work out then just an ultra flat olive drab or desert tan from the local auto parts store. tell me which y'all think on the colors. after that, its lift and tires. Going with 6.5 BDS coils, Clayton's Pro series 3-link kit and the Skyjacker M95 shocks off my XJ installed with a nondisco HP30 for the front. Will be going spring over in the rear with the D44 also from my XJ. As for rubber 35x12.5 Goodyear MT/Rs. Have been doing a lot of research over here in Saudi waiting to come home. I am pretty set on the suspension. I am still set on selling my XJ but it will be a while before I can get a new daily driver with the situation I'm in at the moment. Ive got enough saved up that with a little from the sell of the XJ and work when I get home I should be able to do most of this before December that is if the XJ sells quick for what I want for it. I have free range of using my dad's TJ as a short term DD till Im able to get my own DD. So yeah there are my plans at the moment. I know its a lot. But what can I say when I'm over here behind this computer on JeepForum and ComancheClub all day. Can't wait to get home and get started.
If you go to sell it can I have first dibs? Sorry kinda had to but sorry to hear your parting ways with your Cherokee man, it was one of my favorites on here. If you have to let it go at least make sure it goes to a good home. Even I would hate to see it go to a chump who just bought it cause its a "lifted jeep" and beats on it like a pimp with a ego problem. Anywho glad to see your still makin head way on the plans for the MJ. Stay cool over there man and hope to see you in the states n building soon.
01 TJ with some stuff
77 SJ Cruzer
Lifes to short for bad coffee and bald tires
Originally Posted by tofuzeppelin
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Well back in the states. Today has been the first time I have been able to get to work on the Manche. I was able to get the bed off, and it all cleaned up. Starting to prep it for paint. Going to be ordering some door hinges and front frame braces this week. A buddy of mine is going to help me get the crack fixed this weekend. The gas tank looks brand new and after taking more of a look at it, I might be able to make it work with the new fuel assembly. So before I buy a new tank I am going to try it with that one.
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