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Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Patrick, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Apr 13, 2019
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never owned a Commando, and have been looking. Today I bought this '70. Needs some work, but I got a fair enough deal, and I don't mind doing the work.
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  2. Apr 13, 2019
    homersdog

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    That looks like a great project! (y)
     
  3. Apr 13, 2019
    duffer

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    Drive train still stock? Looks straight and no rust!!!!
     
  4. Apr 13, 2019
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, but has a spring over with 2" wide CJ springs on the front. The passenger floor board is totally rusted out, but I ordered panels to fix it.
     
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  5. Apr 13, 2019
    Focker

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    Looking forward to you posting again! (y)
     
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  6. Apr 14, 2019
    SKT

    SKT I Like CJ's...

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    Wow, looks like a nice foundation!

    What’s the plans for it?

    Just saw this one recently listed as a Barrett Jackson Jeep. Wouldn’t be my first wheel choice, but thought the paint/decal combo looked really good:

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  7. Apr 14, 2019
    timgr

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    Cool! I like it.

    One of my classmates in high school had one, and he would bomb around town like it was a hot rod. My geology professor at JC had one, and drove it daily. Rode in it once or twice, and it seemed like it swayed a lot - must be the soft rear springs they come with.
     
  8. Apr 14, 2019
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    This one is really soft; it's spring over with 2 1/2" wide front CJ springs. The passenger floor board is basically gone, as are the inner rockers. I've already ordered panels to fix all of the structural rust. Beyond that, I'm going to rebuild the carb, replace the timing chain, and start driving it.
     
  9. Apr 14, 2019
    Chilly

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    If SOA already done maybe a sway bar will tame it down for road use. Disconnects if you still want trail articulation.
     
  10. Apr 14, 2019
    william_cj3b

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    Are you sure they're CJ springs? The later Saginaw equipped C101s had wider springs. I can't remember what the actual width was, though.
     
  11. Apr 14, 2019
    timgr

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    Certainly the rear springs are wider for all the Jeepsters, maybe 2.5"? I've never seen a factory Commando with anything but 1.75" front springs. Maybe they existed - this race car looks lwider than 1.75" -

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  12. Apr 14, 2019
    blevisay

    blevisay Oh Noooooooooooooooo! Staff Member

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    Jeep up front, party in the rear..........
     
  13. Apr 14, 2019
    IRQVET

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    I have to admit, those things are growing on me the more I see what people are doing to them.

    I saw this a while ago, pretty cool video:

     
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  14. Apr 14, 2019
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes. As far as I know, all C101s' had 1 3/4" springs in the front. I know for a fact this one did.
     
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    william_cj3b

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    OK, thanks. I thought I remembered the springs being different on the later C101s. I need to take a closer look at my 2. Maybe one or both of them is modified and I never realized it.
     
  16. Apr 14, 2019
    Patrick

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    This one is a '70, but does not have Saginaw
     
  17. Apr 14, 2019
    william_cj3b

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    Interesting. The '70 and '71 I have are both saginaw equipped. I wonder if the switch to saginaw occurred mid-year. What is the build month on your '70?
     
  18. Apr 15, 2019
    Patrick

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    I need to look. I was told it was a mid-year change. I was bummed, but 101's don't grow on trees anymore..;)
     
  19. Apr 15, 2019
    william_cj3b

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    So I went out and measured my unknown year, saginaw equipped parts rig. It, like my '70 and '71 has 2" wide front springs with the same shackles that adapt the wider spring to the shackle hanger.

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    You're distracting me from prepping my 3B for the Willys Reunion trip. I'm itching to get my 101 back on the road!

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  20. Apr 16, 2019
    Boyink

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    Nice! Looking forward to seeing your work on it..
     

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