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Updated on May 06, 2012
Here it is. 1986 jeep comanche, 2.8 liter v6 POS engine. the replacement is a 3.8 liter Buick v6 from a 1996 camaro, which although it is a 90 degree engine, mates up perfectly to the gm 60 degree bell-housings.
Overall it should be a fun project...i'm basically done with the engine, just need to finish cleaning the accessories and mounting them. scheduled installation is 3 weeks from now...around december 20th once i'm off school for break.
this should increase the 2.8's horrible gas mileage (10.8 on a good day) to around 22 mpg as the camaro gets 30 mpg, and increase power from 115hp and 135 ftlbs/torque to 200hp and 227 ftlbs/torque.
The truck itself I've fully restored, as you can see by the pictures and body work i did. the worst thing about the body was that the rear right fender was rusted out, and the front left fender had a whopping dent in it at the back and top of it.
So what i did was replace the front left fender with a OEM replacement. I had to pull out the panel behind it, as it was dented in too. What i did to repair the rear right fender was to take the wheel opening from the front fender (i cut it out) and match it to the wheel opening on the rear, then weld it in and smooth it with a MINIMAL amount of bondo. that's what bondo is for, smoothing, not filling holes as some idiots think.
after that, I had it painted ($1800 for the finishing smoothing, and painting).
i got a set of american racing rims which are 15x8.50's, and then some nice 10.50 all-terrains (which now have 15,000 on them and still look new). Mate that with the Rough Country 3 inch lift (consists of rear add-a-leafs, new lower control arms, stainless brake lines, new shocks and stabilizer, sway bar drop brackets). I'm really happy with the performance of this lift, it's a stable and smooth ride. i do want another 1.5 inches on it though.
This was the Custom version of the Comanche, meaning that it was a base model. it was a radio delete, all manual, bench seat, 2 wheel drive pickup when i started. I put bucket seats from a cherokee in it, along with the full center console.
I added a aluminum toolbox to it later on, which looks really good.
there's also a picture of my brother's and my dad's comanches.
the blue one is my dad's, it's a 1986 2.1 liter Renault Turbo diesel, which is rare in the extreme. we got lucky enough to find a brand new engine for it for cheap, so we are going to replace the one that's in it as it has a small crack in the number 2 cylinder, and a crack in the head (at 200,000 miles)
My brother's is a 1987 4.0 liter, but we are probably going to put a stoker kit in it to make it a 4.5 or so. we've completely rebuilt mine and my bro's, and the 2.1 is the last one we need to redo. we also own another 86 2.8 which is our off-roading one.
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now thats a very nice jeep good job on the restore
Kickass man! That series 2 looks right at home in there! Gives me an idea? I really love 3800's, and Cartuning makes a turbo kit for the L36! Would make for a street raping 2WD?
Just joined cardomain great to see another 86 Comanche -- the idea of the Buick engine sounds great with better gas mileage a real plus. I need to see what other engines will fit. Would like to muscle it up. Don't need to tell you about the V6 2.8L. My ride is in petty good shape. Needs some interior work -- seat covers & new carpet. Will get some pictures on site if you would like to see. Had to do some bondo smoothing on the body but no major rust throughs. Got a cheap bandaid paint job for now but it looks good.
Come on man, keep the page current. lol
It looks a lot better now than in them pics, show it off some.
Anywhos, thanks for the comments, and see ya in just over a week for more work.
man it looks great just bought a 88 2.5 lt l4 with a 4 speed manual in it . got a set of 87 cherockee seats out the bone yard droped in today. any way lookin for new doors do u know if the cherckoee doors will fit if so what years aslo lookin for that center console any hints were to fin a full on. ill put pics up soon of me baby its just really rough right now. thanks an hit me back
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