Well As the story goes, i wanted a comanche to rock crawl for a while. Spent 4 years looking for one i liked, and when the day finally came... it fell right into my lap in mid 2012. My friend bought it new in 91. Well he had a diabetic coma while driving on the freeway and ran into the back of a lexus GS400 at they guess 45-50 mph with no braking at all. Total'd the lexus, blew the rear window out and the rear doors would not open.
So it started out being known as the toyota killer. Because amazingly, the truck had nearly no damage. I replaced the hood and grill and power steering pulley (was plastic), along with ac condenser and some other small bits. Straightened the slight bow in right front fender, straightened the control arm bucket on the axle and good to go.
If you only saw the comanche youd guess it was a 15mph accident at best.
So i got it going and knew i wanted it to be a driver that was capable, crawler/search and rescue rig. I found comancheclub and that messed me all up, along with pbb.
Started collecting parts right away. Fast forward to may 1 2014. I had all the parts and bought new wheels and tires. Summer came and i was busy as ever, kept putting off the build date. Then my landlord lost the house we lived in after a 4 year legal battle and we were evicted in sept. NIGHTMARE. Didnt get into a new house till end of nov.
Fast forward again to 2 tuesdays ago. I finally had time and said THATS IT... no more BS. i closed my shop down and started on my truck. doing everything alone it took me 7 days start to finish to build it. Two 8 hour shifts a day with a nap in between. Total beast attack mode build.
Here are some pics to tell the story.
Here she is in all her bone stock glory. June 2012 as i had just got her back on the road. That right front fender and lip were in the accident.
Well during my research i decided i wanted a D44 rear. My ebrake would connect back up and it came orig in these trucks. So i set out to find one. I literally just drove to the junk yard one day and OMG.... this was sitting in the yard...
Baby jesus shed a tear seeing that perfect 91 long bed sittin there like that. i looked underneath and couldnt breathe. A d44 with trac lok.
MINE! for 125 bucks i brought her home.
Went back to same junk yard a few weeks later and found a D30 with 4.11s in it. WOOOT!!! Pulled cover and it looked unused. Good for my stage 1 plans till i can spend the cash and build a full tilt D44 front like willy has under his wifes truck.
got my 44 all apart and cleaned up.
Ordered up some goodies. Yukon 4.11s, new Spicer carrier, Yukon master bearing kit, aussie locker. Needed some tools also for dana axles that i didnt yet have. Inch lb tq wrench was stolen some years back. So got that, a clamshell puller and housing spreader from jack geis. (top fuel drag racer)
this photo taken with a potato
made my setup bearings and put the aussie into the carrier..
Did setup and ran my pattern. No easy task with a dana. Got it where i want it.
Time for a little less talk and a lot more action.
time to get the old turdy out of there.
How cute, a wolverine without its claws..
Cleaned up and modded new to me 30 from the yunk yard.