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Old May 18th, 2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Low buck build - 1987 Jeep MJ Comanche 4x2

I know it isnt much of a build to say the least. For the time being its a low budget truck restoration to get it dd-able. Right now I am driving a 4.3 Chevy Blazer that is anything but good on gas. So my plan is to take this 1987 Jeep Comanche 2wd shortbed 2.5 I4/AW4, fix it back up to decently presentable condition (it is basically a collector's item after all) and throw it back on the road to achieve some better mileage numbers.
The last thing I'm going to do is make the same mistake twice. The 4.0 (4.6)/AW4 that is soon to call this truck home is from my 1992 MJ Comanche Pioneer shortbed. It fell victim to some serious uni-frame rot and nearly broke in half before I stopped driving it.
Somewhere down the road she'll be getting either a small block LS/4L60 or an AMC 360 when finances permit it; havent quite made the decision yet though.

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WEEK 1 - Made some discoveries about this $300 Comanche. (1) The p/o was a total moron in terms of body work - duct tape and bondo are not a good substitute for steel patch panels. (2) Pulling the inline TCU fuse and hacking up the ecu harness into all kinds of hell, creates more issues than it solves; trading off erratic shifting due to a failing solenoid for essentially no shifting at all is not a good one.....so far thats all the issues Ive got.

I fixed all the electrical issues in hopes of just keeping the 2.5/AW4 in the truck and driving it as is. But with the serious lack of power compared to my 87 XJ 5spd, I figure a swap is definitely in order.
I dropped the gas tank and pulled the bed off. Using a 60grit sandpaper flapwheel and my grinder I cleaned up all the rough edges and surface rust spots on the rear frame area.
Once all clean n smooth, laid on a couple coats of POR-15 semi gloss black rust proofer.
Next I gotta start tearin into the front end of the truck. Need to get my cherry picker back so I can pull the engine/trans, and start work on separating the body from the frame. That'll be fun.

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