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Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #-1 on: August 10, 2016, 07:26:31 PM »

Just picked this up from another club member, she's really rough around the edges but has great bones and could be something great with some effort. I will be building it for my wife Amanda but will also need to "test drive" it once in a while myself. We want something that she can drive on the trails but can also take to work on nice days with the top dropped.

The plan right now is to get it basically mechanically sound and to replace most of the floor, both front fenders, the tailgate and replace the top with a soft top. The floor and rockers are just wasted, going to have to put a temporary frame in the body and then cut out just about all of the floor and the inner and outer rockers. The engine starts and runs pretty well, looks like the carb was recently rebuilt and the distributor was upgraded from points to HEI. The brakes need to probably be completely replaced from the master cylinder out but that's pretty easy. Amanda doesn't drive manual trans so I am going to have to convert it to auto at some point. So far I've really just charged the battery and vacuumed and scraped as much of the rust and junk out as I could.  Here's what I am dealing with.





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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« on: August 11, 2016, 06:30:43 AM »

 8) nice
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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2016, 09:12:10 AM »

I tried to get my interested in this so she would let me buy it. No go... Lucky bastard.
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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2016, 09:26:34 PM »

There's been some heavy discussion on if we were going resto (never really top choice), resto-mod, or just accepting the tub is beat up and just going down and dirty...  Well Amanda came home from work yesterday saying there are Monstaliner color samples coming, looks like that last option won. The current favorite on color is named "Sans Panties"... poetic justice for a "Commando"! LOL
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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 10:18:38 AM »

you may want to join this group jeepstercommandoclub.com/. Lot's of useful info. They also have a facebook page.
Good luck with it.
I have a 72 and try to use it as much as possible. Bronco Kev (also a member here) also has a 72 Commando.
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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2016, 10:33:00 PM »

Thanks Insanitize, I am on that forum with the same screen name, nice to see it recommended! I didn't know about the Facebook page, I'll look for that.

I got off the couch and braved the heat for a couple hours yesterday and got the seats, floor mats, seat belts, and some stainless steel pop riveted floor panels out to get it to almost a clean slate. The floor is at least as bad as I thought it was. This thing MAY have an aftermarket gas tank/skid though. Tonight after work I started looking at the under-dash wiring and yanked out the Sony deck. That wiring is scary to say the least, wire taps all over the place, tape coming apart, cooked wires and insulation... its bad.






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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 09:01:49 AM »

Can't wait to see this build Sean.
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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 10:46:47 PM »

I have been pretty bad about updating this... the winter was fairly uneventful but prior to the hard top going back on I got the seats out, braced the tub with some 1" square tube and some help from my boys, pulled out some of the rusty floor, and built a new body mount, inner rocker, floor riser, wheel tub front, parts of the door jam... all for the passenger side so far. Ok, time for some pics;













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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 06:45:37 AM »

Thought you gave up, slow and steady gets the race done
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Re: Amanda's 1969 Jeepster Commando
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 07:12:11 AM »

No I took the winter off since I don't have indoor space to work on this. I spent the weekend cleaning up some stuff in the garage so I can start making some progress.

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