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Tomorrow I will hopefully pick up an almost exact duplicate of my old Commander Limited. The only two differences I can find between them is that the new one has a Hemi and the VES. The exact same color inside and out and this one looks factory fresh with no dings or modification that I can see. Now the challenge is to choose to do the same mods or to change the plan with this one. I am open to suggestions. I still have the same overall goal of making it an expedition vehicle. Therefore I will probably do another Aux gas tank for an additional 30 gallons of gas. I will need a rear tire carrier to be able to use the space for the tank. Any thoughts on the new tire carrier? I will probably swap out the third row of seats for a locking storage compartment again. That will probably require Superlift rear coils at least for the weight. I will get another locking console from Jon. What ideas do you guys have as to the front and rear bumpers for this one. I got to find another "Gold Miner" for the hood. Lift, spacers, and new tires?. This one has all the factory skid plates. I will need new lower side body protection, Jon? I have a feeling that Jon is about to get a big order....What other ideas do you guys have for a fresh canvas??

Here is a late picture of the "Lost Commander"







I have found a replacement for the Stacker that will need the graphic treatment and it will take awhile to replace the Coach. The new one will probably be 45 feet and have at least a 600 HP Diesel for pulling the Stacker. Still wish I could find my old vehicles, but they now could be anywhere. Need to focus on the future.
 

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So glad that you have turned a negative into a positive we look forward to the garage build. If you need anything let us know, many of us have parts in our real garages.
 

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Great news. What better way of focusing on something besides your resent misfortunes than by rebuilding your Commander and the rest of your kit. Welcome to the HEMI club, by the way.

Where did you find such a choice Limited? I recently had a scare that had me looking for a replacement for Large Marge. A little over a week ago a dually Ram 3500 used me instead of his brakes to keep from running a red light.

One of the body shop guys I consulted said there was a chance the unibody was bent and, if so, that would total my Jeep. Thankfully, it never came to that (photos in my album). Anyway, I ended up looking around to see what was available just in case. Short story, I found little. Seems folks are hanging on to their Commanders. Cheers. Jorge
 

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Picked it up this afternoon. It had a couple of extra things I missed when I first looked at it. It has the bluetooth in the rear view mirror U connect for the cell phone. Also has a couple of wireless headsets for the VES. I was actually thinking as I drove it that it was a pretty nice street jeep. Maybe a "Mall Crawler"...nah. I was amazed that there are no dings inside or outside. I bought it from a Lexus dealership and they really detailed and waxed it. It really does look showroom fresh. I take some pictures tomorrow.
 

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Bring it to Arizona and we can drive up the steps to the mall together!
 

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Took a couple of pictures as the sun was going down.









My cousins Pam and Greg, and his wife and child are going up the coast to Washington state on vacation so I am going to give them the Commander for a few weeks while I plan the mods.

Since I am a full disclosure kind of guy, here are the details on pricing. KBB was just over 23K, bought it for 20K, after TTL it was $22,110.62. Now this was from a dealer and it seems about a clean as I could ask for. It has 62K miles and no they did not do the 60K service, so I will have to. When I bought my other one new it was about 43K and this one has some more goodies
 

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Excellent!
 

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At least You will know that the 60K service was performed since it is on your dime. Glad to see things are moving forward. Looks good.
 

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Got a new "Gold Miner" hood ornament in the mail today. Earlier today I had a Flowmaster #42541, 40 series, 2 chamber muffler installed in place of the monster big factory muffler. Might have lost 50 pound in the trade. I also had them remove the resonator at the rear and put on a straight pipe with a chrome extension on it. Now it sounds like a Hemi.
 

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I had a Flowmaster muffler installed and I got my new "Gold Miner", just need to drill a hole and install it.
 

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Congrats for the new Commander ,, we share the same Commander addiction ;)

since you have a Hemi now ,, do this mod

 

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I guess that you are telling me to get a Hemi badge for the doors. I went the stealth route and got the Hemi Flowmaster sound.
 

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When is the new XK getting lifted??
 

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I don't come around for a while and GEEZ!!! Well your off and running on the mods Bill. Glad to hear you got another miner for the hood. I hope and pray every thing works out for you my friend.
 

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As I post this on a Friday evening Jon (a49erfan) is driving my original Commander home to his house towing the Golf cart on a Uhaul trailer. He recovered them this afternoon in northern Arizona.

Last week I also got the Diesel Pusher and the Stacker trailer back from two different dealers in Phoenix.

All my personel property is gone but I got back all four of the vehicles.

I now have two very similar Jeep Commanders. I think that the new one will become a spare for the time when I want a new Commander and cannot get one because of them being discontinued. I may put it in a controlled storage situation and just moth ball it.

more details to follow and film at eleven or whenever.
 

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Wow..... what a story.

Someday in the future I sure hope I get the chance to share a few beers with you and hear the whole story in person (hopefully with a few laughs since the wounds should be long healed by then!)
 
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