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Unread 02-10-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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2000 Comanche Crew Cab (4 doors) coming soon

Let the fun begin! My father, my son, and I have decided to start a new project the 4 door Comanche. This project should move rather quickly as we would like it near completion for Jeep Beach in April. We have acquired both trucks needed for the conversion.

Here is the 89 Comanche 2wd


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Here is the 2000 Cherokee 4wd


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We will start this project when the Cherokee arrives from RI sometime next week. I'll post as many pics as possible along the way. This project will happen, so sit back and enjoy. If any question, compliments, or criticism please feel free to chime in as I look forward to your feedback. Also this is my first build thread so be patient with me as I figure out the whole picture posting.

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Unread 02-10-2012, 09:21 AM   #2
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thats an interesting idea, it would be like a jeep version of an s10 zr5. Good luck to you
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Unread 02-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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looks like an interesting concept, will you be making the frame longer, or will you make the bed smaller?

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Unread 02-10-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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We will be making frame longer so we can keep the bed intact. It's a short bed and I don't want to make it shorter. We will have to make the unibody portion of frame stronger to prevent it from folding in half.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #5
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i think it would be really awesome if you made a new frame out of 3/16" wall rectangle tubing for the whole thing.

but i can understand that that would be a pita to do. whats your plan for making it stronger?
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #6
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i think it would be really awesome if you made a new frame out of 3/16" wall rectangle tubing for the whole thing.

but i can understand that that would be a pita to do. whats your plan for making it stronger?
At this point not so sure! Once we get both trucks side by side next week we will get the game plan together. We have discussed building a new frame tho
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:40 PM   #7
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Good luck. I hate to be negative, I wish you the best. However, the last such project like this I saw floundered and all we got was 1 less MJ on the road. How about just doing a real *****en restore? I love these trucks.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:58 PM   #8
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Good luck. I hate to be negative, I wish you the best. However, the last such project like this I saw floundered and all we got was 1 less MJ on the road. How about just doing a real *****en restore? I love these trucks.
No worries!! I appreciate the negativity. I understand your love for the trucks however we have a 92 (potentially) that we will restore back to completely stock. We have talked about doing this for some time now, so once we get into and see that we can't we will weld the truck back together.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 01:07 PM   #9
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Seen this build ? http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1041059

The rockers are open, and you could sleeve them internally with some steel tube and rosette welds to provide strength and to tie the two sections firmly together.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 01:26 PM   #10
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No worries!! I appreciate the negativity. I understand your love for the trucks however we have a 92 (potentially) that we will restore back to completely stock. We have talked about doing this for some time now, so once we get into and see that we can't we will weld the truck back together.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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Seen this build ? http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1041059

The rockers are open, and you could sleeve them internally with some steel tube and rosette weld to provide strength and to tie the two sections firmly together.
No I have not but I'll check it out better tonight. My father is an excellent fabricator/body man so if we cannot get it to look nearly perfect we will scrap the idea.
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Quite the concept. I wish yall the best on the project. Cant wait to see yall have it completed. And by April? thats gonna be busting *** for 2 months straight.
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Awesome keep us up to date.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #14
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Quite the concept. I wish yall the best on the project. Cant wait to see yall have it completed. And by April? thats gonna be busting *** for 2 months straight.
My father owns a custom body shop and is slow right now. April may be wishing but it's our goal
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Unread 02-11-2012, 07:15 PM   #15
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Not to sound negative, but I have yet to really see a good child born out of a Cherokee and Comanche. I'll be keeping my eye on this though.

The main issue with all of them that I've seen was that the rear doors looked bastardized. They ended up trying to square the doors off keeping the angled windows. What might work is if you basically take the back half of the Comanche and add it to right behind the rear doors of the Cherokee. You will need to beef up the frame rails though since that'll be the weaker Cherokee rails going back to that point. Definitely gusset in around where you merge the frame rails, maybe even think about adding like stiffeners to the outside of the rails (kinda like unibody reinforcements). This thing will fold like a taco if you don't.
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