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post #1 of 7 Old 08-02-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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98 Cherokee into a Comanche

Where I live it's next to impossible to find a Comanche, even just a beater for parts, therefor I would like to turn my 4 door Cherokee into some sort of truck.

How would you go about challenging this project?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-04-2013, 01:07 AM
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Sawzall and a welder.......

More trouble than its worth IMO

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-04-2013, 09:06 AM
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by the time you remove that much sheetmetal, you would have to build a decent cage for structural support out back, essentially loosing the bed space you have gained.

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A guy in my wheeling club has a friend that has made a Cheromanche, I will see if he has a build thread on some forum. I might even see him today
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A guy in my wheeling club has a friend that has made a Cheromanche, I will see if he has a build thread on some forum. I might even see him today
I actually really like that idea. Four seats...but cargo room for coolers and gear. The shop is inheriting a cherokee....will consider this seriously...

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-07-2013, 06:58 PM
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It's my opinion that it's more work than it's worth. The Cherokee is shorter than the Comanche as I recall, and it is a unibody vehicle. The roof is as structural as the rails below the floor. You can get away with cutting behind the C pillar and making a tiny little bed back there, but you'll be losing cargo capacity overall. Better, I say, to keep it intact, put the back seats down, and load it as such. I mean, it's not like you don't have space in the back already. The seats do stow. If you're not a fan of carpet in your cargo volume, go ahead and rip it out and bedline it. It'd wash out just as easy that way.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the want for a pickup, but the unibody design of the Cherokee is just not conducive to that. By the time you'd replaced the structural integrity you removed by cutting the roof off, you'd have lost all your cargo space again anyway.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-12-2013, 02:43 PM
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Go over to Pirate4x4. It's been done hundreds of times over. But yes, without reinforcing with the likes of a cage, it will be structurally weak. It may be more effort than it's worth, but tell that to the score of people who have done so in their wheeling rigs. I'm sure an adequate solution can be made for the X tube in the back.

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