ok, So this morning in auto shop, I casually said to a buddy that I wanted to work off a truck this summer, and he told me that one of his friends is selling an old '86 comanche.
So, anyways, getting to the point, how are the old camanche's for reliability, power and such. ALSO, how wide is the box on them? I need to be able to fit my snowmobile back their. Thanks in advance for all the help.
If the MJ (comanche) is really an '86, then it will have either a 2.5L straight four, or the 2.8L V6. It would be better if it has the four, for that is a good and strong jeep engine, the V6 is a pile of ***** made by GM (ask anybody). If you want serious power, put a 4.0 straight 6 in from a newer xj cherokee, try and get a 4.0 HO (high output) those are the '91 and later ones. However, you will find the conversion costly and somewhat difficuly, better to find an '87 or later already with the 4.0L trust me. I had an xj, '87 and it towed my brothers full size jeep (flat ground), and brother-in-laws '89 fourrunner up a mountain trail, plenty of power with the 4.0l, and mine wasn't modified or the high output. The comanche is in my opinion the best mid size and smaller pickup ever made bar none. Hell if it's a 4x4, it is the only one made with a solid front axle, and if 2x4, it is the easiest truck to convert plain and simple no torching or anything all bolt in!!! Good luck with it.
Junior, my father has an '86 Comanche long box w/2.8 V6 and manual tranny. It is hell for stout! Yeah, the motor is weak and reputed to be horribly unreliable. But other than a dieseling problem that he had fixed, it has 126k on it and is showing no sign of stopping.
If I were you, I'd be patient and wait until you come across exactly what you are looking for. You would be much better off to pay a bit more for a 4x4 with the tranny you want, than to have to fuss with a conversion. It will always be more expensive to convert than to just pay a bit more initially for the right truck. Wait for a '91-'92. They have the HO motor.
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Original Owner, Moss Green / Camel, 56k miles, Up Country Pkg, Stock with three exceptions: BFG AT KO, Optima Red Top and K&N Air Filter. Yes, she's beautiful and perfect!
well, got my truck a week or so back, '88 4wd 5speed inline 6 4.0L
men, took lookin to find on elike that that someone was willing to part with, I dunno the story on it, but the dealership guys where talking about the former owner like he was dead, to bad, but hey, atleast his truck is in good hands.
jcomanche88, I see what you mean about massive torque, ya, I actually think that it could climb a tree if it could get the traction, my buddies and I had a "start yer vehicle in highest gear" contest outside the shop one day, and I swear it before god, I started the truck in 5th : ) wasn't goin fast or far, and I shudder to think what I did to my clutch disc, but hey, I WON. agaist 2 little rice burners to (89 prelude and '93 cavalier, both modded right out, cavalier got goin in 4th, prelude in 3rd for all those interested, I think the cavalier had the better driver tho)
ya, amazing truck, anyone lookin for a midsized pickup, I highly recommend it, for reference, the box is 44" between the wells, and atleast 50 between the sides, LOTS big enough to fit a sled in, if you have narrow ski's, you can even drop her in between the wells. box's in '89 came 6' and 7' long, but my '88 seems like 7.5, to get a 4x8 sheet of plywood in as bed protector I had to cut 5-6 inches off anyways, so that gives ya an idea.
if anyone has questions about the truck, feel free to email me, I"ll do the best I can to answer them.
well i just bought one it has a 4.0 way stronger and faster than my yj it has a 4 banger in it. The mj i bought is 2 wheel drive i love it it has 142678 miles and driver's real good for the age the 2nd owner put a lot of money in it paint misc stuff all said and done i love my 2nd jeep i have the so so trans pouegt trans in it