Those LJ's are amazing. I had a TJ back in the day and when they came out I was twitching to get one. I waited until the 4 doors came out. Now I'm debating on getting a very used (read more affordable) LJ or save up for a 4 door again. Have you had many issues, outside of the regular Jeep issues?
THIS UNIT IS SOLD. I've had I think 8 Jeeps in my time. Let me see; 1949 Willys Utility Wagon Chevy V-8; 1973 Jeep Gladiator J-4700; 1973 Jeep Commando (below); 1982 Jeep Scrambler modded to the max; 1989 Jeep XJ Limited; 1990 Jeep XJ; 1999 Jeep XJ Classic; 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. I think that's eight. For your viewing pleasure, below is the most interesting one because of its rarity and its build. And it's for sale. $8500. SOLD AUG. 23RD. What a great rig.
I have the real Commando, not the come lately in the sidebar above that smells of cultural appropriation. It's totally a California car without rust. The last 22 years it has been garaged. With AMC taking over the helm of the Jeep line from Kaiser by the 1972 year, AMC's car engineers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to make the venerable Jeepster into a Boxy Bronco and Scout look-alike, at least on the longer front clip. When they decided to use the 4.2L, I-6 engine as an option, they extended the front end of the frame and engine compartment 3 inches to accommodate the longer I-6. This model, officially called the C-104, lasted only 2 years: 1972-73. Gone were the flat, iconic 7-slat Jeep grill, and the fold down windshield. But the factory made up for their Ford/IHC chase by adding other features like the torquey 5.0 liter, 304 c.i. V-8; the 104 inch wheel base and much sturdier frame with 5 cross members (which was the prequil to the Jeep Scrambler in the next decade), extra long rear springs for a better ride, 12 inch non-power drum brakes (which work very well, whether the engine is running or not), full removable, no leak hard top, with slope back and an actual drop down tailgate, and Saginaw power steering. My buddie's dad bought this car new to ply the sands of Baja in style, which he did, so I know it's entire history. We are the 2nd owners. After he was done with it, subsequently to make this into a sleek, world class off-roader, we had to bulletproof and slightly widen track on the drive train with a Dana 44 front axle with an Eaton Detroit True Trac torque biasing limited slip; manual 6-bolt locking hubs; shackle reversal, and steering over; a Dana 60, 35 spline rear axle with full Detroit Locker
; both with 4.10 gears for better highway manners; traded the 3-on-the-tree T-15 transmission over to a creep friendly wide ratio Borg Warner T-18 (6.32:1 low gear); and fitted a Dana 300, all gear driven T-case with a 4:1 TerraLow gear set (with the exceedingly rare Texas pattern case bolt pattern used only in the 1980 Scout) making the final drive in low-low a glacial speed 112:1. It has a full custom roll cage and a springs-over-axle swap so there is nothing hanging down underneath except the pigs. The 5 tires are 36x12.50/R15 Super Swampers on 8 inch wide aluminum wheels. It has a Warn 9Ki winch and a back seat. Full custom roll cage; Custom bumpers and great approach, breakover, and departure angles; . The weak part of this rig from the factory was the frame which has been 3-side plated on the front half and front axle located about an inch farther forward making it a C-105. Other than that, it's so low tech there is not much to go wrong. It needs a new bench seat cover and a carb overhaul, with assorted dings and one big gash, but this 45 years old veteran is smog exempt. The carbureted V-8 does very well on steep or side angles or on the highway, and has about 70K actual miles on the original engine which doesn't burn any oil. This is the original paint. I also have 6 inch wide JK fender lips that go with this if you need the cute factor. This was used as a chase car during my brother John's (JR) racing days at the King of the Hammers, hence his number on the bulkhead: 427. Here is a short vid showing this rig doing Winch Hill #2 on the Fordyce Jeep trail, about 15 miles from my place: so open my dropbox for this very unexciting crawlfest: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ihbrpikdnugw184/winch_hill1.m4v?dl=0
This is one rare and capable rig with a lot of best of best, tried and true upgrade parts for the time. Only 9500 units were sold in 1973, the last year of the Commando, and most of them have rotted away. I have the original window sticker and a 1973 Jeep Commando shop manual that goes with it for provenance. jefe