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Unread 02-16-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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Junkyard Hero - '73 Commando

So I figure I'll start a build thread for our new '73 Commando. We picked this up recently for a grand total of $800. It comes with a running 304 V8, 400 Turbo trans, Dana 20 TC, Dana 30 front, Toyota rear, a broken windshield, no top, and a dent in about every place imaginable. It does however come with a full DOM rollcage, which someone hacked off behind the B pillar. We have the back half and will be welding it back in. We also got a wide assortment of wheels and tires with it. Currently sitting on 4 TSL's, which are on an unknown wheel, which all match but have a different bolt pattern front to back . The axles will be swapped out, although we haven't decided what will replace them. This will be a junkyard build for the most part, more of a sexy beater to wheel while we save the fancy stuff for our Wranglers. It will also likely see some time at the local mud races, which is where axle limitations come into play to stay out of the 1 ton category with the big boys.





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Unread 03-20-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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Any update on this?

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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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We patched a rotten section of the frame and rewelded the spring hangar. It's been in the shop getting the electrical redone.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:21 AM   #4
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A Commando is on my must have list. Looks like you found a good deal. Hopefully we'll see more as you keep moving on this!
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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:37 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. Still needs a lot of work before making a trail appearence. Currently trying to source new leafs.
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No one tons?! Bull ****.

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That's where the big boys play. I was trying to throw the Dodge 60 we have in the rear but he's skered.
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That's where the big boys play. I was trying to throw the Dodge 60 we have in the rear but he's skered.
Just go all out on it. **** it lol

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So the Commando has finally returned from the shop. All unnecessary wiring is gone, all the gauges now work, and the shiny new ignition actually works. Today, just in time for the mud sling this weekend, my step-dad got it running good. Got tired of tinkering with the carb and getting no results (he ran all new fuel line from tank to carb) and decided to pull the carb apart. Found a mass of white gunk inside the bowl. Attacked the whole carb with carb cleaner and reattached. Fires up and runs like a champ now. This means that we can take it instead of the YJ to the sling. The cage has been pulled and painted. He will be reinstalling the front half this week. The front suspension is shot, so he ran some bolts through the main 2 leafs on each side to support it to get through this weekend. They will be replaced completely soon. Ron's father welded up a rear bumper with a shackle to be recovered from the pit. It has 3 frame tie ins so I'm hoping it will do the trick. Apparently his brother managed to get 1 wheel painted, which means I'm going to have some speed painting to do early Saturday morning. They also made some shims to get the pinion angle down on the front axle and get the knuckles lined up a little better. I don't have much faith that the 30 is going to make it through the pit but if it breaks, it will get upgraded anyway, hopefully to a 44/9" if I have my way.

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Looks pretty good. I love these things.

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It is a pretty badass trail rig. I'm glad it's in such ****ty condition, because if it was nice, I'd feel bad about thrashing it.
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It is a pretty badass trail rig. I'm glad it's in such ****ty condition, because if it was nice, I'd feel bad about thrashing it.
That's how I'd be too. Bring it to uwharrie

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