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Old 05-09-2019, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tits and Ass - 1990 Comanche build

Wanted a MJ for a while and Found a 1990 Comanche Pioneer 4x4 for sale in Arkansas. The truck has a 4.0 auto with 138K on it. Over all it's pretty rough and in need of a lot of TLC. I would like to get the truck running and make it a toy/wheeler/ dirt bike hauler. Been working on the truck for a while now and figured I would make a build thread.


Day I bought it. Ran so crappy I barely got it on the trailer.



Pass floorboard was rusted pretty good. Im guessing the window was left down or something as the rest of the truck is completely rust free.




I scored a 4x8 slightly rusty piece of 18gauge sheet metal for 20 bucks and went to town fixing the floor. I cut out all major rust and wire wheeled everything.




Wire wheeled, scuffed and then POR15 on both sides for good measure.






Seam sealed all the welded areas.
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok, floor fixed, what's next?
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Next I started replacing parts. I did a basic tune up, Cap/rotor, coil, plugs and wires, relay, ballast reistor, belt and a oil change. The PO had hotwired the fuel pump to 12volts because the relay on the pass fender was bad.

I did all of Cruiser54's steps to try and get the Renix 4.0 running right.



The PO had done a horrible intake with RTV and a cheap filter, it was HACK! I ripped that shit off and did a spector plate and a EBAY intake kit. Turned out pretty decent. The PO also cut out the TPS connector and tried to solder the wires. And no that is not garden hose, although I thought it was it says heater hose on the side, lol.



Also cleaned the throttle body. Jeep runs pretty good now.


Found a 1999 XJ at the junk yard and pulled the front end, doors, seats and interior parts. I sold the stock parts, bed, tail lights and came out ahead



Bought some metal for the rear bumper and the bed. I dislike the long bed and the bed itself was pretty beat up. I decided to make a flat bed similar to the blue one on NAXJA and WantAnMJ on here.



I cut the frame right at the rear shackles.


I capped the frame with a 2x4 1/4" wall bumper.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I cut some holes in the bumper for some LED trailer lights.



I capped the ends of the bumper with some 1/4" plate.





Thick to thin. Had to turn the welder down as I burned through the frame a little but I got it dialed and it turned out pretty good imo.







Started working on the bed. Made from 2x3 1/8" wall and 1 1/2 square 1/8" wall.






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Old 05-10-2019, 12:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I spent half a day cleaning out the old fuel tank only to find out it had a pin hole leak so I replaced it.



I put in the 97+ seats and mounted the doors.





I made the new doors removable and used some 5/16 bolts for pins.



Mounted the 97+ door strikers.


I Cut and welded on some flat stock for the board mounts on each end. Also made a fuel tank/strap mount. Hit the whole thing with a flap disk and wire wheel getting ready for paint.


I made a mount for the fuel tank.


Also made a filler mount.


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Old 05-10-2019, 12:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I put a trailer hitch on the bumper.




I got some tractor paint and sprayed the bed and rear frame.










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Old 05-10-2019, 01:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Plans for the Jeep are,

35" tires
XJ D44 rear with SOA
Non CAD D30 front with 4.5" springs
3 link front with home brew crossmember, 1.25” heims, 2” DOM links.
1.5” DOM steering with gm TRE
Trac bar 1.5” DOM with 7/8” heims
Frame stiffeners front and mid
2x6 sliders

I got a set of used 35" KM2s and pro comp steel wheels for 300 bucks.


Got some 3 link tabs, spring perches, shock tabs and trac bar mount


RE 4.5" springs


I really wanted a 5 speed truck so I bought a wrecked MJ for 500 bucks and swapped mine to manual.



I canned all the extra parts I could think of and then sold the roller to some kid for what I paid for the entire truck.

AX15


Another good running renix 4.0


Steering column


Got a 96' XJ master cylinder/booster and drilled the firewall for the clutch master.


AW4 out and engine cleaned up and ready for the clutch.
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I got the clutch installed. I did the external slave conversion on the MJ AX15 trans.



I drilled the trans to clock the Tcase up.





I rebuilt the shifter


I put disk brakes from a Jeep Liberty on the D44. Also cleaned up the axle shafts and installed new bearings, seals and studs.




Removed the D35


Cleaned up the leaf springs and put a coat of tractor paint on them.






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Old 05-10-2019, 05:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Going to look good on 35s.



Got the D44 in and brake lines routed.





Shot of the rear


Diff cover installed and fluid topped off


Started on the 3 link crossmember. Cut some 2x6 1/4" wall and 1/4" plate.


Cleaned up the frame


Cut out a notch for the trans mount. Clamped it down to prevent warping.





Test fit. Flat AF.
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Got the lower link mounts welded on. Cranked the Miller way up to weld the 3/8" tabs.







I used short tabs so I had to notch the crossmember for the the heims to clear.








This is pretty much where I am at with the build today.
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Love the build so far! Wondering exactly how you used the tractor paint.........I need to paint the crap out of my rig and debating on how. I really like how your tractor paint came out.--------------Kyle
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:45 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks. I used tractor supply house brand majic paint, $25/gallon. I prepped the metal with flap disk and wire wheel then cleaned it with acetone. I used some majic rattle can primer and then shot the paint with a harbor frieght HVLP gun. I mixed the paint per mfg instructions and used their hardener and reducer to shoot it with the gun. Paint is UV resistant and has rust inhibitors. Guy at the store said it was tough as nails when I bought it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:13 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Got some work done on the crossmember. Notched for exhaust and driveshaft also cut out the center section.










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Old 05-19-2019, 12:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Finished up the welding on the crossmember. I found a setting that I really like on the 215.



Cut a hole in the floor.

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Old 06-03-2019, 08:07 PM   #18 (permalink)
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CICK BAIT! All this scrolling and no tits or ass

I'll keep coming back just in case
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:57 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Finished the upper mount on the crossmember.









Got the old dana 30 out.



Got the drivers side lower link mount removed, welded on the stiffener and trimmed a for clearance.









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Nice build!
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:11 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Looks good man, Iíve always wanted to do a Manche build. Around me itís either a clean one Iíd never wanna cut up for $7k or a completely rusted non running shit box for $3k.
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I'll keep coming back just in case
He got me too!!! Was gonna say he sucks...Ö.nice build though.
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Made some frame stiffeners from 3/16” flat bar.



Welded some bar through the “frame” crossmember and frame stiffeners.



Welded the stiffeners on. Welds look like shit! Overhead welding to sheet metal sucks.



2x6 sliders.




Bought some metal.

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really awesome. inspiring to see the progress and the super high quality work. thanks for sharing.
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