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    Default The WYOmanche Project

    I have this posted over at Comanche Club. I figured I would share it with you fine folks. The wording is going to seem weird. I started on this back in March and im copy and pasteing the text and pics.

    New build thread with actual progress happening!

    Circa: 2008

    I bought this truck a few years ago. I moved from Northern MN to Casper, Wyoming a few years ago to work as a welder for a company that builds mining equipment.

    I was looking at CL one day and spotted this truck on there for 800 bucks. Drove 200 miles in a snowstorm to go look at it at a creepy junkyard in Cheyanne by myself. I bought it the next weekend and drove it 200 miles home. (to casper) Truck had 212k. 88/4.0/pukey/2wd.

    I ended up moving back home shortly after buying this pretty much rust free, awesome running, grandpa owned since new, truck. A buddy of mine's boss drives OTR; he hauled it home for me.

    Pic the day after I got it at my apartment in Casper.



    After I got it home to MN. With the painted snowflake wheels gone! Overlooking a local steel mine.



    I used the truck as a couple times a week DD for work which was a 40 mile one way commute. I did regular small fixes on the truck but it proved its stone dead relibility over and over.

    Changed the rear main seal on a sheet of plywood in my parents dirt driveway was the biggest fix to date. Did nothing but change oil and put gas in, in 2009, 2010. 2011, I found some turbines with decent tires and mounted them up.



    Pulls my ATV trailer nice.



    Sold my DD XJ. Been driving my CTD as a DD most of this winter. Working on my MJ plow truck and wheeling XJ took up most of my time this winter. Finally got the garage cleaned out last week and pulled it inside. Started pulling parts.

    2wd front gone!



    Ordered some parts,



    More pics of what Im dealing with:





    Under passenger side rear window. Cracks.....





    Tail lights need attention





    Thats pretty much all I got for now.

    Plans: "Restomod"
    Combination IRO/Hell Creek suspension parts to get to 3" of lift
    New UCAs and LCAs
    New ball joints, hubs, brakes on 98 XJ HP Dana 30, 3.55
    New brake lines
    Replace all hoses/vaccum lines
    Valve cover (97+ steel) with new gasket
    Open cooling conversion
    Fix Drivers door hinge
    New driver front fender
    Might replace doors or at least the driver door
    New bumpers F and R JCR front basic and homebrew rear bumper with receiver hitch
    Get rid of junky tool box and replace with MJ rollbars or new toolbox
    265/75/16 tires on TJ Rubicon wheels
    Chysler 8.25 swap with disc brakes
    Bright White paint
    New windshield and rear slider
    New WJ master cylinder/booster (gotta do more research on brakes)
    Maybe a clutch (hoping this one will make it to the trans swap)

    These are the plans for now to get the Jeep roadworthy again. I have not decided what I would like to do for a transmission/t-case yet so it will stay 2wd for now. I plan to use as a DD in the warm months.

    Future hopeful plans,
    NSG370/NV3550/AX-15 swap with 231 or 242 case
    Line X bed liner
    Interior work, rebuild bench seat, new steering wheel, shift boots
    4:10 gears (axles have 3.55s now)
    Bushwacker Flat Flares

    Im not very good at telling 'stories' like this so please if I missed something important, please speak up. :wavey:

    Stay tuned...
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    Worked for a bit today to finish up the front suspension save for the track bar. Got a call to go into work tomorrow so It killed my ju ju for the day.

    Back on four wheels for now.



    Also spent a little time attempting to clean up the greasy mess on the drivers side of the engine compartment and the frame rail where the track bar mounts and back. Had a beer and called it a day.

    Still gotta order spring perches and Hell Creek 3" leafs. Maybe next week.

    Called Hell Creek today to order my 3" lift leaf springs.

    2 weeks late. Now I may have to wait up to 6 weeks for them. :wall: Oh well. Talked too a guy by the name of Tom for about a half hour on the phone. Very nice guy!! I couldnt help but order the springs from him. Hes "Hell Creek" on here.

    Anyway, since Im probably not going to be seeing my suspension till the end of April or beginning of May, I started working on other things. Replaced the two vacuum harnesses today, along with installing a 97+ valve cover with new fancy fel pro gasket. Ran some engine flush through the engine, and changed the oil.





    Looking at this last pic, it should be white in the battery compartment. I need to find a good degreaser...I've tryed most everything I can use with my low pressure garden hose. Think ill have to load it up and haul it to a carwash....

    Also did some research on brake upgrades. Picking up a master/booster out of a 01 WJ tomorrow. Should be able to get that bolted in, then Ill be on the hunt for a Liberty to steal the rear brakes off of for the disc swap on the 8.25 this truck is getting.

    Found my tires that im going to run on this truck. Jeep club member bought a new tow pig (traded a LB7 D-max in for a 6.7 Mega CTD) and took his tires off his old truck before he let it go. 265/75/16 Hankook Dynapro ATs. Once my buddy buys my built D44, ill pick them up. Sometimes deals just fall into your lap....



    Got a small electric pressure washer and some more degreaser and went to town under the hood. Looks good now. Did I take a pic no. This is the only one I have. Box is coming off tomorrow.

    Finally got a solid day of work on this! :rock on:

    First project was to get the WJ Master/Booster installed.

    Used a step bit to drill hole out to 5/8.









    Little firewall pinch seam massaging.



    Next project was to get the IRO Double Shear Track Bar installed and finish up the front suspension. (for now)



    Box coming off.





    Bought some of this after 3 hours of sanding on the paint and really not getting anywhere.



    Tried it out on a spare (junk) tailgate I had laying around. (Not yours Ben..)



    You can see in this picture that stripper stuff made short work of the hockey stick stickers on the side of the box. Also takes the paint off, right to the millscale. I will still sand down the whole box. Found some bondo, in goofy spots around the gas filler door. Factory maybe?!



    That was the day. I have a solid few hours of pressure washing to do on the truck and finish stripping paint off the rest of the truck. Then off to body work, and finally paint. Gotta go get a new driver fender yet and some material to fix the drivers door hinges.
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    Did a bunch of powerwashing after I pulled the bed off.

    Some awesome welding skill I found



    Check out the heavy spatter! Wow!



    Pulled the drivers door, driver fender, header panel and radiator yesterday. No pics, you guys seen that before... I have some hinge work to do and I have to replace the drivers side fender. Will be going to open cooling system.

    On a side note, my Hell Creek springs shipped today! :rock on:


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    That brings us to today. Yesterday I spent all the cash I had in the Jeep fund to pick up a 91 Eliminator that was listed as a 92....












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    nice work mate...keep the pics coming
    keeping it red........

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    Think I would go that crazy too if my Jeep turned white

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    Love the MJ's!
    Keep the pictures and ideas coming!


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    Got the new springs in the mail last week.

    But I couldnt really do nothing till I ordered spring perches for the donor 8.25. Quick run to Ruff Stuff site took care of that in the form of a 3" axle tube simple swap kit. Very nice kit; almost didnt want to weld on these fancy plates!



    This was extremely easy with the bed off! I carefully unbolted all the brake lines and such.





    Notice my awesome pink project admirring chair. I sit in that and drink beer and stare at my project. I have a green one too but the pink one is more comfy for some odd reason!

    Perches and shock mounts installed.



    Axle loaded in the Eliminator to be brought in for sand blasting later this week.



    Heading off on a vacation next week so there will be no forward progress for a bit.

    Next up is a new aluminum raditor, hoses, water pump, t-stat, and the conversion to an open cooling system. -boring stuff-
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    Axle is blasted and painted with the first coat. Gotta run to town tomorrow to get another can of paint.... I hope to get the axle back in the rig before I take off on vacation...see what happens I guess. Ill snap a pic tomorrow.. Just hate to be tooooooo much a photo whore....

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjrev10 View Post
    Just hate to be tooooooo much a photo whore....
    By all means Ho it up!


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    Took a day of vacation to get caught up with somethings around the house. Wanted to mow grass but the freak out of nowhere thunderstorm shut that down. So perfect time to throw the MJ back together quick to get it on its own wheels.

    I painted the 8.25, and also my Hell Creek springs due to some slight surface rust.



    Bro in law stopped over this morning to help me set the box back on the truck to see how its going to look.



    I think it looks great.

    Next on the list is getting it running again with a new water pump, raditor, (open cooling).

    Then the bodywork and paint. Something I have NEVER done before....

    I do plan, just for heck of it, to get a estimate on a pro paint job. But I really want to learn how to do it myself...

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    Progress is looking good.. You could try contacting local technical schools.. as they sometimes do pretty good deals on paint jobs.... I know our local tech school even pops out the dents when you drop it off for the paint, for no extra charge..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedragon436 View Post
    Progress is looking good.. You could try contacting local technical schools.. as they sometimes do pretty good deals on paint jobs.... I know our local tech school even pops out the dents when you drop it off for the paint, for no extra charge..
    Nearest one is 70 miles away and I bet it's the wrong time of year...I just gotta dive in head first and hope for the best!

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    Took a few pics of the difference between my stock 2wd 91 and my now 88 2wd lifted 3." Difference is definately noticeable....Ha




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    No pics

    But I did order about 250 dollars worth of parts from Rock Auto today for this Jeep to get it running again.

    -open cooling parts
    -H20 pump
    -180 t-stat
    -hoses
    -serp belt
    -fender
    -headlight doors
    -oil filter adapter gasket


    Cant remember the rest

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    Keep up the great work. That is a truck to be proud of now that you are this far along.
    Hey bubba get your hand off my ass,

    Some days it is just not worth it to gnaw through the leather restraints.

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