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Old June 16th, 2016, 11:35
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Re: 89 Comanche DD Build

I really don't like doing front end work, so I'm going in to do everything right from the start. On the way are all new steering components, all MOOG. Also swapping over to a ZJ V8 tie rod setup.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 10:40
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I like where you're going with this. I've been wanting to do a clean long bed MJ for daily use. I was thinking 4" lift on some 33x10.50 all terrains. Lifted long bed mjs with camper shells look pretty cool.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 12:30
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Rears sitting up now. Still a lot of weight in the bed and none up front, so hopefully it'll level out. Just have to order a track bar and a few other goodies.
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Old March 1st, 2017, 18:46
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Wow, it's been forever. Things have been crazy, I bought a repo house that needed a decent amount of work, but now I have an air conditioned shop to shove my projects in.



In the meantime, the Comanche has been totally ignored. I hate it, but working plumbing trumps MJ.

I did do some thorough cleaning of the engine bay and reinstalled the gearbox and new IRO spacer.

Unfortunately, I've got another project ahead of this one for the time being, fixing a friend's F100 with blown head gaskets.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 16:33
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Well, it's only been forever, but finally got the 4.0 powerstick in. Decided to try to slip in the engine, transmission and transfer case as a unit. At 6'3" long, I thought it'd be a lot harder than it ended up being.



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Old December 26th, 2019, 11:34
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Merry Christmas!

I'm finally getting around to working on the Comanche. I dropped it here behind the shop a little over two years ago, and here it sits. It's been a long road of house repairs and projects, getting married, and having a son. Time to circle back to my dream truck

In 2006, I bought my first Jeep, a 89 XJ Wagoneer. Being in high school and only working part-time, my plans and dreams for it never came to be reality, but now I'm a little better suited to fix up my dream truck.

I'd like to build it in a 2000s era style, along the lines of my plans for the Waggy. I love the 80's-ness of the truck and I don't want to stray too far from that.

What does that mean?

Original front end, no 97+ clip or interior
No LED lights, especially not headlights. Stick to halogen auxiliary lighting.
15 inch wheels, likely bullet holes
32x11.50R15 tires (unless I have to go up to a 33 for more tire options)
Finish the 4.0 HO swap, entire harness and all. Interior color change to grey. Power window/locks
Full console swap. Probably going to stay with the foot E brake for now.
Interior sound deadening.
Roll bar or headache rack for lights.

Basically replicate a fully loaded 92 HO MJ plus a few niceties.

And eventually, paint. I've been leaning towards root beer brown, but I'm liking the factory blue still.

So, in short, nothing has been done. But, maybe shortly, something will be.

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Old December 27th, 2019, 20:02
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Nice! That looks like my truck except blue. I want to do a full console in mine also. Is yours a column shift?
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Old December 27th, 2019, 20:34
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Nice! That looks like my truck except blue. I want to do a full console in mine also. Is yours a column shift?
It was a column shift.

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It was a column shift.

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Did you swap columns or leave the original one in and just remove the shifter?
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Did you swap columns or leave the original one in and just remove the shifter?
Planning on swapping columns. Have an entire XJ donor, so I'll put it to good use.

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Old January 27th, 2020, 21:11
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Actually made some progress. Hauled the Comanche out of the yard into the shop and began work on the floors. Wire wheeled down all the rust, then patched the worst of it, then finally a coat of Chassis Saver. I'd rather have had satin black, but gloss was all that was readily available.

I also installed Noico 80 mil sound deadener to the roof and inside the doors. Much improvement.

Another*evening of wrenching and the XJ donor has now surrendered the dash, heater box, floor and transfer case shifters, and all necessary interior wiring. Added another coat of Chassis Saver to the Comanche floor today and should be able to start going*back together after it cures and I get the sound*deadener installed on the floor, tunnel, and back of the cab


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Old January 30th, 2020, 20:48
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The floor and trans tunnel are now covered with the Noico 80 mil sound deadening. Used all 36sq ft, didn't have enough to do the back wall, so I'll have to order more.

Also installed the newer column, so now I have tilt steering and a much better way to steer and move the truck around.

Complicating things, the rear brakes locked up. The wheel cylinders are leaking so that will be to be addressed.

Bought a new heater core to put in the heater box before interior reassembly begins.

Test fit the new ACC carpet. Should look alright.

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I've got to do this very thing on my truck. Take out the interior and fix any and all issues....
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Old February 1st, 2020, 19:02
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Installed the floor shifter, with shifter cable and interlock cable from the 93 tilt column and the transfer case shifter. Didn't do the linkage yet, still have to find where I put that Boostwerks linkage kit.

New heater core is in and the box is back in the truck. I used the newer 93 XJ box. It seemed less brittle.

And finally, the engine bay is painted and am starting to install the HO engine harness. Wow, the TCM connector firewall grommet put up a fight!

I thought I was going crazy because I could not find the hole in the firewall for the shifter cable. Took me a while to figure out I had to drill my own hole, which the 1-1/4" holesaw made quick work of. Now I need to find something to plug the column shift cable hole.

Y'all, it's actually starting to look like a truck again.

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Old February 9th, 2020, 15:28
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Got the 97+ XJ washer tank installed. It frees up so much space under the hood.

Manifolds are now installed. Gonna see about getting it running first, but new injectors are on the shopping list.
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