This is the build thread for an 87 or 88 MJ Comanche Chief. I bought this truck about a year ago from a friend after he and I pulled it from a private jeep junkyard aka a crazy guy living in a compound in the woods with tons of random jeeps - this one was the only one for sale apparently.
Then is was briefly cleaned while in my friends ownership and then it sold to me.
Before I got it, we tried to start it. Fuel pump was bad, so we just started it with ether.... Started and ran briefly on the first try.
So the known things on the truck and axles:
-last was on the road in 2000 - via the inspection sticker
-was booty fabbed to hell and back... It looks as it the owner was adding a "lift" to it and just stopped mid process. Used 3x4" steel on the stock d30 axle for lift and started a soa on rear.
-53k on odometer
-want to bob and use this truck as a learning tool
-appears to have been in a wreck in the rear with a good bit of bent bed and missing a bumper.
-front passenger panel has some surface rust but I love the look of a 20+ year old truck like this and don't plan on changing many of the aesthetics
-I have 2 axles that have been used as trailer queen axles for an old YJ. They have 5.13s, ox lockers f+r, warn hubs and Im told upgraded shafts. These were run behind a 350/ax-15/231 with 38 TSL boggers. I am not really worried about strength on 37s, but they will be gone thru they are under the truck.
-keep the 4.0L and 5 speed (maybe get a 6 speed if I can figure out the swap over stuff and find one on the cheap
-231 for now.
-bucket seats with a cab cage and harnesses (down the line)
-wagoneer 44s and 37s
-low as possible with decent up travel
The name: being a child of the 80s, I grew up on video games like mario. I think that giving this truck a new life and learning along the way is what I want in this truck. I bought it for very cheap so I want to keep it stock looking but super capable and look BA.
Here is the idea I might be going towards when I finish.... very rough though..
Stay tuned, I have started to tackle some of the work and will post up more when I have time. Thanks for looking.