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post #1 of 14 Old 09-22-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I got this old Comanche...

and its a total peice of crap. It barely runs, beat to hell, has dryrotted tires, and worst of all.... 3.07 gears.

Title says 87, all parts are from a 88 year? so its a midyear. I just say its a 88.

I bought it Nov. 23, 2011

not worth it to sell... not worth it to scrap... so i pretty much have to keep it. Mostly because it was previously a friends who is now dead.

Im pretty set on keeping it. Now, the bad part, im broke. I have no money.

So, what i want to ask yall, is what should I do with it?



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post #2 of 14 Old 09-22-2012, 03:59 PM
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Get it running decent. Lift it and throw some big rubber under her. Then beat the sh*t out of her.

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post #3 of 14 Old 09-22-2012, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well I was thinking about trying to get the dents out and new panels to make it run good, fix engine, and try to maybe one day get it insured. Is that a bad idea? Im open to all suggestions.

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-22-2012, 08:05 PM
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That thing is pretty beat down, but with enough elbow grease, time and determination anything is possible. If you heart is set on keeping it, start with getting that motor running right, that old 4.0 deserves it. If it runs a little, then a good tune up will probably work wonders. Plugs, cap, wires, fresh fluids, filters, just doing this will really help. But since you said you are broke i guess the first First thing would be to get a job.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-23-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Haha maybe that would be a good idea. Im tryin my best. It already has new plugs. But that's pretty much it. It barely pulls itself in 2 WD

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post #6 of 14 Old 09-23-2012, 06:48 AM
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What's the 10th digit in the Vehicle Identification Number on the title? There were no "midyear" vehicles.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-23-2012, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Well the title is 87 and the digit says 87 but its got almost all 88 parts. Grill, and NP231are 2 big things that I can remeber.

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 11:42 AM
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Fiddle around with the motor and try to get it running as best as possible, then just drive around the woods and have some fun with it as is. I wouldn't bother to insure or put on the road.

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post #9 of 14 Old 09-26-2012, 02:58 PM
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Well the title is 87 and the digit says 87 but its got almost all 88 parts. Grill, and NP231are 2 big things that I can remeber.
How can you tell that the grill and NP231 are from an '88? AFAIK, they're identical.
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How can you tell that the grill and NP231 are from an '88? AFAIK, they're identical.
My thoughts exactly, especially on that old beater.
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post #11 of 14 Old 09-26-2012, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Well everything on this is original. Until me, the bed, front clip, nor gril had ever been off, and IIRC, in 87 they didn't use NP231 and they had different number of slats in grill?

And rymanrph, your MJ is epic. I thought of doing the 97 swap on this one since it would replace most of the dented body panels, dash, and engine. Heck, if I had the money I would have already started.

I think for now im just going to let it sit until I build a shop with a concrete floor, then I will strip it down and do somthing with it.

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post #12 of 14 Old 09-26-2012, 06:27 PM
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4" lift chop it up and 35s!
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-26-2012, 08:24 PM
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Slats in the grille were the same. NP231 was used.
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-26-2012, 08:30 PM
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Buy a annual pass at a U Pull it and work on it slowly....That should keep the budget down.

I would focus on making it run and everything to make it street legal.
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