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10-18-2019 04:11 PM
Originally Posted by Goliath-XJ View Post
I also sanded and painted the engine bay. It was sprayed with an ugly black primer that was peeling off. Now it's nice and black. And looks fresh too. The engine bay is ready to install the engine!

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What engine are you planning to run in your 1989 MJ?
08-12-2019 07:08 AM
RedJeepster1 Cool build, following along.
08-07-2019 08:05 PM

08-03-2019 08:18 PM
Goliath-XJ As you might have noticed, the Comanche project is on hold for a little bit. In the shop, we have some more important project going on right now.*

As of right now, I'm just collecting parts, such as this new Warn Zeon 10 that just came in the mail today.*

Stay tuned for a lot of progress in the next few weeks!

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07-22-2019 09:44 PM
Goliath-XJ After the paint, it's time for the assembly.
I will be ordering a new 4.0 engine.
The aw4 transmission will be rebuilt and installed.
And the last piece of the puzzle will be a flipped dana 300 with twin-stick.

I already have all the +'97 interior as well

Some of the parts needed for the final assembly already started to show up, like these beefy Ironman 4x4 fab motor and transmission mounts!

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07-12-2019 05:42 AM
Aardemae Gotta love new meats! Looking forward to seeing it with new paint.
07-11-2019 07:27 PM
Goliath-XJ The Comanche is getting ready for some new paint, slowly, but surely.
It should be painted and back in the shop sometime later next week.

But in the meantime...

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I love the smell of new tires!
Milestar Patagonia in 38x13.50r17 flavor.

I see more and more people switching to them, and they got great reviews. Some people think that Patagonia is the best non-sticky tire. I guess we will see
Anyway, I was eager to try them as well!
06-29-2019 11:08 PM
Goliath-XJ Not much progress on the 'manche. It's getting ready to head out for some new paint next week. I had to fix a lot of dents, rust holes around the rear window etc.
It's a lot of work, especially since the jeep has every panel in a different color, and only God knows how many times it was painted before...
When it gets back from the paint, I can actually start doing the fun stuff, assembly!

For now, I just came across a great deal on a brand new Trail Gear steering assist, and just couldn't pass the opportunity.

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Also scored a set of JK Rubicon axles, complete with e-lockers, so that's what I'm going to use on this build.
05-05-2019 06:00 PM
Goliath-XJ Some progress from the past few days, on the Comanche.

The floor is done. All welded, sealed, and painted.

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Front fenders are cut to fit the 37" tires. I want to keep it low, so had to trim a little bit more than it normally would be.

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I took the bed off, sanded it for paint and fixed some little dents. While I had the bed off I pushed the Comanche outside and clean the rear frame and the bed from all the dirt and grime. The frame on that Comanche is just perfect. There is not even surface rust on it. I was kinda impressed.

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I also sanded and painted the engine bay. It was sprayed with an ugly black primer that was peeling off. Now it's nice and black. And looks fresh too. The engine bay is ready to install the engine!

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05-05-2019 05:06 PM
Originally Posted by Highgear1 View Post
Cool build I'm putting an nsg370 6 speed in my 89
04-29-2019 12:27 PM
dougcherokee Absolutely gorgeous.
04-22-2019 09:06 AM
Highgear1 Cool build I'm putting an nsg370 6 speed in my 89
04-20-2019 10:02 PM
Goliath-XJ I finished cutting the bed today. It looks like crap now, but once the proper tires roll in, it's going to be badass.
Also, since the axles are really wide (full width) I will probably make some kind of fender flares, to cover some of the tire.

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I couldn't resist and put the topper on the Comanche to see how it would look. It already looks good, but it will be much better all painted the same color.

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Also, the rusty spots in the floor are fixed, sealed and the floorboards are ready to be painted next week.

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04-17-2019 09:53 PM
Goliath-XJ Today, I started cutting the metal!
I "trimmed" the bed to clear the new 37's. I'm also planning to make a nice rear bumper that will be low profile, go around the corners, and won't take away any clearance. In order to do that I cut the rear lower section of the bed, leaving just a little bit of lip to make it look cleaner. I think it looks much better now.

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I also started working on my new seats. Since the jeep came without seats, and the XJ seats from the donor won't really fit I had to make something. I had these Mastercraft Nomad seats since forever and thought they would look cool in the 'manche. However, considering the fact that I'm 6'4", the regular "bolt-on" brackets won't fit, I had to make my own. These are going to work just fine, and I won't be touching the roof with my head. I also made the sliders for them (not pictured).

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Frame stiffeners from T&M Fab came in the mail the other day. I will be welding them after the jeep is painted.
I was looking for the dedicated Comanche stiffeners for a long time, and I saw these on Instagram. Decided to give them a try.
The problem with the Comanche is that they are the same as the Cherokee, to just about the middle of the cab. After that, they are completely different and regular Cherokee stuff won't fit without a lot of modifications.
This is the full set that goes from the very begging of the jeep to the very end (front, mid, and bed section)
So far, they look good, we will see how they fit...

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04-14-2019 08:39 AM
Originally Posted by Jakegrovephoto View Post
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Came real close to picking up a 2wd 88 MJ a few weeks back to swap in a 4x4 AX-15 and 231 I have around. This build looks like you have a solid plan going for it
I never have a solid plan for my builds haha
I always change stuff as I go, but this one is going to be nice.
Stay tuned for more
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