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Unread 01-25-2010, 08:33 AM   #61
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Your truck is looking great!

We repainted the needles on my guage cluster this weekend as well....LOL!

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Unread 02-23-2010, 09:47 PM   #62
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Build is lookin sweet! anymore updates?
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Unread 02-23-2010, 10:03 PM   #63
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No updates worth mentioning. I have pulled the front clip, fuel tank, and rear flares. Also hosed everything down with PBlaster.

I have since started a new job, moved 2 hours away from the MJ, and got engauged. Hope to get the bed and drive train pulled and frame stripped within the next few weeks.
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Unread 02-23-2010, 11:04 PM   #64
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This is cool I have always wanted a Comanche....keep it up!
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Unread 04-26-2010, 11:05 PM   #65
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A small, unimpressive update. April 2010-
Slowly making forward progress on the truck. Got the bed removed and started getting the frame rust ground down. Looks to be in great shape so I will simply soda blast it then coat in POR 15. I am working towards pulling the drivetrain before blasting the undercarriage. One more afternoon and the engine, tranny, and tcase should come out with out much trouble.

How she sat this weekend:


Here we have it, a goal to reach. I spent a little time getting a loose rendering done of what my ultimate goal for the MJ is.



EDIT - Hell Creek Metric Ton Leaf packs and V8 ZJ front coils Stock suspension with V8 ZJ front coils to level it out
EDIT - Rubi D44 front axle with MJ D44 rear axle with 4.10s
EDIT - Vanco Big brake kit up front with ZJ rear disk brakes in the rear
- Rubicon Moab wheels with an aggressive 30" AT tire
- Black flares
- Full on 97+ conversion
- Jeepsticker's "Comanche" door sticker
- SkinnyPedal's IPF/HID headlight conversion
- Tinted side and back windows
- K-State tag up front

The only thing that may be different would be a tougher front bumper and tow hooks.
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Unread 06-10-2010, 06:10 PM   #66
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May/June 2010 Update
Between working on wedding plans I have still been able to get some work done on the ol' MJ.

My first order of business was to verify the donors harness and accessories still work 100% after being thinned down. Naturally, I had to take a test drive around the property:


It was then time to pull the drivetrain out. Decided to take out the 4.0/AW4/231 as one piece. Used our John Deere 4210 loader to pull it out, worked great!



Some MJ nudes:




Then I gutted the interior:


My next step will be getting the XJ dash fitted (need to pick up a spot weld driller) and firewall patches cut and outlined for the body shop to weld in.
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Unread 06-10-2010, 08:43 PM   #67
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nice!

glad to see you are making some progress again.
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Unread 07-21-2010, 10:56 AM   #68
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First I used a spot weld driller to remove the 3 brackets from the firewall. Then I started testing out how the XJ dash will fit. Need to get the top of it mounted securely. I was surprised how little effort this took. Just needed a couple new holes drilled and she was up and in place.



Dash to windsheild clearance.


Slowly but surely!
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Unread 07-21-2010, 03:46 PM   #69
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Lookin' good!
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Unread 09-28-2010, 04:35 PM   #70
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So whats going on w/ this thing???
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Unread 09-30-2010, 10:27 PM   #71
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No progress that is real exciting. I have been carefully been pulling out the dash from the donor so I can access the firewall sheet metal that needs cut out. What dash is fitted in the truck was a spare I picked up some time ago. I have also been researching abrasive blasting methods to clean up the frame so it can be treated with POR15. Also been in contact with the body shop so they can get ready for the rolling chassis.

I removed the MJs doors and lets just say 200K miles of rust made this a chore. I wound up cutting off 6 of the bolt heads due to their rusted nature.

I got the doors hung and continued to test fit more of the dash pieces


Loose striker pin attachment. At this point they keep the doors shut as I do not want to finalize their location before I get the hinges repaired.


Door stop bracket was busted, so I replaced it:



Rough dash mounting:
Still needs finalized and cleaned up -






I still have one dash tab to be retrofitted, but need to get an extra tab welded to the body.

I did get some of the sheet metal set on the front end for fitting. The driver side fender I picked up is apparently a reproduction piece and does not fit nearly as well as the OEM passenger fender.

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Unread 10-01-2010, 09:45 AM   #72
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Awesome man, looks great. I loved watching woodkrawler's build, now I can watch yours too! You might have said it earlier but what are your plans on axles? I know you said its just going to be a DD but didn't know if you were thinking of anything different.
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Unread 10-01-2010, 02:32 PM   #73
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A page or 2 back you can see what my ultimate goal for the truck is; its a photoshop. I have a MJ D44 sitting in the garage. Plan on rebuilding it and installing a locker. I am still trying to decide on gears. The axles sit with 3.55s but with a 30/31 tire I think 4.10s might be more fitting. That is still a long way down the road, so it coil change.
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Unread 10-02-2010, 11:19 PM   #74
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O ok, sorry. yeah that is going to look great.
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Unread 10-03-2010, 11:54 AM   #75
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I love these 97+ Conversions for MJs. Its gonna look sick!

Keep up the good work!
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