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rymanrph 12-27-2009 08:32 AM

90 MJ Comanche Build
I've owned three wranglers, but decided to start another Jeep project. I haven't decided if this will be a fix to keep or fix to sell Jeep yet, but here's what I've got:

Its a 1990 2wd 4.0 5 spd. It has 212k miles, but only about 50k on the rebuilt 4.0. It has some rust on the driver side floor board and the rear dana 35 is pretty much shot. The paint is pretty rough, but the body is in great shape overall.

Here are some pictures of when I picked it up:
(notice the mismatched mirrors)

I don't know if that headliner can be saved, but we'll see.

rymanrph 12-27-2009 08:38 AM

I got the bench seat out and the carpet pulled.

I got a quote yesterday on a transmission and transfer case out of a 92 Cherokee, front dana 30 and rear 8.25, drive shafts and all for $1k. Oh and free delivery. It seems like a good deal to me. Any thoughts?

I also took a trip to the pull a part. I got bucket seats out of a '92 cherokee, a full instrument cluster, front fender liners, digital clock, and tilt steering column out of an auto (not sure if I can make this work), a full front clip (mine is cracked at the top) and the ash tray just to fill the blank in the dash. Not a bad day's work for $127. Pictures coming soon.

jspecfever 12-27-2009 09:23 AM

Sound like a good start! I have a 87 MJ and gonna take the bench seat out and put some bucket seats in it, but im having a hard time finding some to match my tan interior..

rymanrph 12-27-2009 12:21 PM

Bump for working pictures

rymanrph 12-27-2009 05:26 PM

I got to working on the floor a little bit today. I got the broken e-brake cable out only to realize that the new one I bought is not the right one.

The passenger floor board really isn't that bad, just some surface rust. The driver side is worse than I thought. I found a small hole on the side near the rocker panel toward the back of the door and another hole on the left side under the parking brake pedal. There is surface rust all down the firewall on the inside. So I have to figure out what's leaking down.

Passenger side:
Driver side (most of the bright orange is the padding from the carpet that stuck to the floor):
Back driver side:

I obviously want to keep all this from happening again. What's the best way to find leaks? Also, does anyone know how to get the firewall padding off without taking everything off the firewall? I need to get behind it to address the surface rust on the driver side.

rymanrph 12-27-2009 05:28 PM

If anyone knows an administrator on the comanche club forums, can you tell them to please approve my account so I can post over there. Thanks!

jspecfever 12-27-2009 09:00 PM

Wow man, Im afraid to pull up my carpet and see what mine looks like lol

89eliminator 12-27-2009 09:07 PM


Originally Posted by rymanrph (Post 8561079)
If anyone knows an administrator on the comanche club forums, can you tell them to please approve my account so I can post over there. Thanks!

PM Pete M on here.

89eliminator 12-27-2009 09:08 PM

nice MJ, my floors looked similar to yours on both my MJs

rymanrph 12-29-2009 08:22 PM

Well, I have made some progress. The passenger side is pretty close to being ready for paint. Just a little more wire brushing and fill in the the small pin hole. The driver side has been a little more problematic. I've been trying to work around the firewall padding and its been rather annoying. I found the source of my leak. Its a leaky clutch master. The fluid dripped down and seeped in around the fuse panel. My floor boards have seam sealer everywhere. The whole firewall is covered in it. The fluid dripped down behind the seam sealer, so a lot of the rust was covered up.
Passenger Side:
Driver Side (I obviously have some more work to do, but at least all the fuzz is gone). I wiped down the passenger side, but not the driver side, so a lot of what you see is rust dust:
Its made itself right at home, pushing my other vehicles into the driveway.
I got started on my XJ bucket seats tonight, but while drilling out the studs on the old XJ mounts, my drill battery died, so no pictures of those till tomorrow.

JJAMISON_ 12-30-2009 08:14 AM

awesome. Maybe weld in a new floor pan on the drivers side. some 1/8" plate steel should do. or some sheet metal.

LalanP111 12-30-2009 08:33 AM

Nice, this is going to be a good thread! Im doing the 4x4 swap on my 88 MJ, just a heads up on the 4x4..its not all that difficult but make sure you keep it soaked with WD40 or penetrating oil. Also it your keeping the manual tranny..the 94+ (correct me if Im wrong someone) have an external slave cylinder.

good luck! :thumbsup:

ItsaFinRubicon 12-30-2009 09:51 AM

I'm doing a 4x4 conversion in mine soon as well =]

4.0l sahara 12-30-2009 11:50 AM

i love mj's i will be watching this build.

jeeplover88 12-30-2009 10:10 PM

Ill be watching this one. I'd be pretty scared to lift up my carpet too..:$ Good Luck!

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