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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hey I just bought a project. 71 commando good hard top; 225 buick;T14? (3speed); rusty tail gate, around rear bumper and one rocker; strait body and good glass though. It also seems to run ok with good clutch etc. Paid $1200.

I mostly just lurk here, though a few posts. Anyone have opinions on commandos, sorces for parts? I would like to put in a narrow track dana 30 front in place of the closed knuckle dana 27(?). As I all ready have a trail rig I will most likly keep it mostly stock It could use a bit of lift the stock springs sag.

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Re: new rig good Idea

Have you been to or spent much time on the jeepster boards here. Them boys know and love them. You might ask the same thing there. (because I can't answer your questions [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img])

But I have to say.......you lucky dog. I like those things.
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I had a 73 Com. w/304 3 spd. one of the best rigs I've owned to this day. I drove from Pa to New Mex and back. that Com would go anywhere I had the $%^& to take it. A friend had a71 also. I would buy one in a sec. if I had the oppor.
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Re: new rig good Idea

Second on the Jeepster Board...anything Jeepster/Commando is there. Check it out-alot of nice people there. Too bad you're not closer- I have a narrow track D30 I'm about to pull from my 73 Commando, that I'd let go cheap! The first mod you'll want to do is if yours has the Ross steering, replace ith with the Saginaw style. As far as lift, SOA get alot of flex, just takes some skills. A bolt on approach would be to buy Alcan springs, they flex like mad too, especially since Jeepsters have longer springs than Commandos. Oh, and check the frame behind the front spring rearward hangers, alot of frames crack there.

Here's mine "in progress"
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If you have the steering box out at the front of the frame, you already have saginaw steering. If the box is behind the axle, it is Ross [img]images/graemlins/puke.gif[/img].
If you are lucky enough to already have saginaw, the dana 30 front should pretty much bolt in.
Jump over onto the Jeepster/Commando board and ask away.
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