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Old 04-18-2019, 12:53 PM
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Nice start! Thanks for sharing. I'll be keeping watch.
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:08 PM
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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.








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.







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




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Old 05-05-2019, 07:04 PM
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Some progress from the past few days, on the Comanche.


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







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.







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.









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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Old 05-05-2019, 08:26 PM
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Great work. I love what you have done so far. That camper shell looks horrible on the truck but to each their own, lol
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:33 AM
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Great work. I love what you have done so far. That camper shell looks horrible on the truck but to each their own, lol
yeah, I realized that. it's already gone lol
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Old 06-30-2019, 12:12 AM
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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.








Also scored a set of JK Rubicon axles, complete with e-lockers, so that's what I'm going to use on this build.
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Originally Posted by 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.








Also scored a set of JK Rubicon axles, complete with e-lockers, so that's what I'm going to use on this build.
I've been on the look out for a set of Toyota axles with e Lockers or JK44s with Lockers. I don't know where people keep finding jk44s for their builds because they don't seem to be popping up for sale around here
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I've been on the look out for a set of Toyota axles with e Lockers or JK44s with Lockers. I don't know where people keep finding jk44s for their builds because they don't seem to be popping up for sale around here

Well, it's not easy to find it. Facebook marketplace and buy/sell/trade groups are probably your best bet. You can find gold there. Almost 90%of stuff I buy is from there.
I found the rear axle and then a few days later the front one. Paid $400 total. This trail gear steering assist is from the facebook marketplace too, only paid $100 for it.
Deals are out there, you just have to keep an eye out for them
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Let us know your thoughts on the trail gear kit. I've been looking at one for a while.
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Originally Posted by GOLIATH-XJ
Well, it's not easy to find it. Facebook marketplace and buy/sell/trade groups are probably your best bet. You can find gold there. Almost 90%of stuff I buy is from there.
I found the rear axle and then a few days later the front one. Paid $400 total. This trail gear steering assist is from the facebook marketplace too, only paid $100 for it.
Deals are out there, you just have to keep an eye out for them
Man if you find another deal like that on axles send them my way. Everything I find is either missing most of the axle or they think it's gold.
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Originally Posted by GOLIATH-XJ View Post
Well, it's not easy to find it. Facebook marketplace and buy/sell/trade groups are probably your best bet. You can find gold there. Almost 90%of stuff I buy is from there.
I found the rear axle and then a few days later the front one. Paid $400 total. This trail gear steering assist is from the facebook marketplace too, only paid $100 for it.
Deals are out there, you just have to keep an eye out for them
Holy COW!! Those are DEALS!!!!

Congratulations on those finds.
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Nice Comanche! Have u though about post in comancheclub.com?
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:45 PM
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Nice Comanche! Have u though about post in comancheclub.com?
Actually, I never did. I'm gonna post there as well
thanks for the heads up!
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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...













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!
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