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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lookie what I found.

Egad!  Am I a magnet for wanton, abused 4x4's or what?
Another 1973 (the best 4x4s were in the '70s btw imho) vehicle drifted into my life after going thru months of having no projects, like:

 While eating chinese food the wife was convinced by a couple simple pieces of paper.
These were almost a month apart at different restaraunts.

The wife said that four wheels is not a" fun" investment.
So after taking her statement into careful consideration I found this:

Its a '73 Jeep commando for those that have never seen or heard of one.  The commandos were only made for a few years and only 2 of the years in this particular front clip and funky tailgate.  It was supposed to help Jeep turn the tides against Fords early bronco  and Internationals scout 800s and new scout II which were selling like hotcakes at the time. The commandos were discontinued after this year for the full size jeeps ( Cherokee, wagoneer, & j trucks )
 The stock chassis is a CJ-6 with a full boxed frame up to just past the rear axle.  Its stout.
  Dana 30 w drums and passenger side drop up front (boo), Dana 44 30 spline in back (yay). 
It originally had a 232 c.i. (sibling of 258) AMC I-6 , AMC version of the TH400, and a Dana 20 transfer case.
I received it with NO engine, and transfer case and tranny seperate.  It still has the original light blue front and rear seats in decent/ useable condition, front floor mounted lap belts, and 4 round tires.  That's a good start in my book.

A few links I came across after purchasing:
Heres the craigslist picture that was on the ad:

BIG NOTE: some of the stuff I do is by the book, some stuff requires
additional engineering to make it safe and sturdy enough.
If you don't know what a lugnut or ujoint is, get help.
If you have no fabrication skills, get professional help before attempting any of this
stuff.  A poor weld or design can leave you at best stranded, and at worst you and or others dead. 

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