post #1 of Old 02-05-2013, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
sjones26573
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Concord/Harmony/Raleigh
Posts: 9,836
Opinions: '73 Commando

I never got a response from my thread in the CJ forum (I had already been asking about a pair of CJ-7's) so I'll come over here and get the expert's opinions. My step-dad and I are looking at picking up a '73 Commando with the 304 V8, 400 Turbo trans and 30/44 axle set. The Jeep seems a little worse for wear but the owner claims the V8 runs strong. He says that the fuel system needs a cleaning and he was going to try to get it cleaned by Saturday when we are supposed to be going to see it. However he has yet to do it so we may not be able to drive it. Owner wants a grand, but we're going to offer $800 if he doesn't have the fuel system purged yet but everything else looks good. The great thing is my step-dad picked up a rear full float 8 lug 60 last week that we can swap into it and find something for the front later. He also has the back half of the cage, which we will weld back in.

So, do you think it's worth it? Not sure how much one in this shape is worth (Doesn't have to be pretty. No title means trail rig anyways).

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/pts/3588823482.html





The Offroad Club @ NC State; Founder
The Yellowtail Build
Jeep-Owner.com
sjones26573 is offline  
post #2 of Old 02-06-2013, 02:51 AM
RockRollin
Registered User
1990 FSJ Wagoneer 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Grand Haven Mi
Posts: 1,325
Well, its a field truck. You have to look at how much your going to change. If your looking for a platform to do a modded trail rig, its probably worth it. I would definitely want to test running gear, motor, trans, t/case.

"I like fun" Edd
Clawed: 90GW, TFI, Streetfire, 3"lift all spring, 31"BFG ATs, working RKE, Edel2131, Holly 1850, mild cam,
05 Renegade OME 927, 947, top plate, JBA 4.5s
"Just Jeepin it real"
RockRollin is offline  
post #3 of Old 02-06-2013, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
sjones26573
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Concord/Harmony/Raleigh
Posts: 9,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by RockRollin View Post
Well, its a field truck. You have to look at how much your going to change. If your looking for a platform to do a modded trail rig, its probably worth it. I would definitely want to test running gear, motor, trans, t/case.
Yea, thats pretty much the idea. Keep the driveline sans axles and run it on the trails. With a bill of sale, we could get a salvage title but there isn't really a point. We have plenty of vehicles. The seller saying its the dirty fuel system that causes it not to run seems like a convenient excuse and has me cautious, but $800 isn't to bad. It'd just be cool to have a Commando as a trail rig.

The Offroad Club @ NC State; Founder
The Yellowtail Build
Jeep-Owner.com
sjones26573 is offline  
post #4 of Old 02-06-2013, 08:42 AM
PITA88FSJ
Registered User
1988 FSJ Wagoneer 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Prescott Valley
Posts: 18
A buddy of mine has a 73' commando that we are doing a complete frame off restoration. He's going with an all new upgraded powertrain. Great rig if you ask me, not that many of them out there anymore. With this one I'd listen to RockRollin and check out everything. Not really worth $800 if you gotta spend $3000 to get it running good. How much time and money are you and your step-dad willing to put into her?

Best of luck!
PITA88FSJ is offline  
post #5 of Old 02-06-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
sjones26573
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Concord/Harmony/Raleigh
Posts: 9,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by PITA88FSJ View Post
A buddy of mine has a 73' commando that we are doing a complete frame off restoration. He's going with an all new upgraded powertrain. Great rig if you ask me, not that many of them out there anymore. With this one I'd listen to RockRollin and check out everything. Not really worth $800 if you gotta spend $3000 to get it running good. How much time and money are you and your step-dad willing to put into her?

Best of luck!
Not much of either hopefully. Both wranglers are undergoing axle swaps so not much spare time or money. But it would be nice to have a spare trail rig when mine is sitting on jack stands.

The Offroad Club @ NC State; Founder
The Yellowtail Build
Jeep-Owner.com
sjones26573 is offline  
post #6 of Old 02-06-2013, 04:27 PM
RockRollin
Registered User
1990 FSJ Wagoneer 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Grand Haven Mi
Posts: 1,325
There is a great old school engine builder in S.W Charlotte if you end up needing one

"I like fun" Edd
Clawed: 90GW, TFI, Streetfire, 3"lift all spring, 31"BFG ATs, working RKE, Edel2131, Holly 1850, mild cam,
05 Renegade OME 927, 947, top plate, JBA 4.5s
"Just Jeepin it real"
RockRollin is offline  
post #7 of Old 02-09-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
sjones26573
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Concord/Harmony/Raleigh
Posts: 9,836




The deed is done. The 308 ran with gas in the carb so we suspect a bad fuel pump, as it couldn't pump fuel out of a bucket when tested. The rig has a Toyota rear axle that will be swapped out, hopefully with the 60 unless that puts us in a class we can't compete in at the mud bog.

The Offroad Club @ NC State; Founder
The Yellowtail Build
Jeep-Owner.com
sjones26573 is offline  
post #8 of Old 02-09-2013, 07:46 PM
RockRollin
Registered User
1990 FSJ Wagoneer 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Grand Haven Mi
Posts: 1,325

Keep us posted

"I like fun" Edd
Clawed: 90GW, TFI, Streetfire, 3"lift all spring, 31"BFG ATs, working RKE, Edel2131, Holly 1850, mild cam,
05 Renegade OME 927, 947, top plate, JBA 4.5s
"Just Jeepin it real"
RockRollin is offline  
post #9 of Old 02-09-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
sjones26573
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Concord/Harmony/Raleigh
Posts: 9,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by RockRollin View Post

Keep us posted
I'll try. Been busy today cutting off part of the housing off of a Waggy 44.

The Offroad Club @ NC State; Founder
The Yellowtail Build
Jeep-Owner.com
sjones26573 is offline  
post #10 of Old 02-10-2013, 09:12 AM
PITA88FSJ
Registered User
1988 FSJ Wagoneer 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Prescott Valley
Posts: 18
Congrats!
PITA88FSJ is offline  
post #11 of Old 02-10-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
sjones26573
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Concord/Harmony/Raleigh
Posts: 9,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by PITA88FSJ View Post
Congrats!
Thanks! And even better news, I've been told the fuel pump was the issue and it's now running!

The Offroad Club @ NC State; Founder
The Yellowtail Build
Jeep-Owner.com
sjones26573 is offline  
post #12 of Old 02-10-2013, 04:40 PM
RockRollin
Registered User
1990 FSJ Wagoneer 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Grand Haven Mi
Posts: 1,325
The 304 is a solid motor. Cam it ,replace timing chain and gears, rebuild oil pump. I don't recall what year AMC retarded the cam, but make sure it is zeroed, a Edelbrock gear set will let you zero or advance the cam

"I like fun" Edd
Clawed: 90GW, TFI, Streetfire, 3"lift all spring, 31"BFG ATs, working RKE, Edel2131, Holly 1850, mild cam,
05 Renegade OME 927, 947, top plate, JBA 4.5s
"Just Jeepin it real"
RockRollin is offline  
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome