How to Restore a Jeep Commando

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Also known as the Jeepster, the Jeep Commando was only manufactured between 1966 and 1973. Never gaining much popularity during production, this rare Jeep model has gained notoriety amongst rare car enthusiasts. The Jeep Commando came in three models: a pick up, a wagon and a convertible. Restoring your Jeep Commando may be challenging, being that this vehicle was only in production for a limited time and replacement parts may be difficult to acquire. Still, anyone can successfully accomplish this task with basic automotive knowledge and patience.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Jeep re-chroming kit
  • Grease
  • Large tarp
  • Storage containers
  • Large rubber mallet (optional)
  • Ratchet
  • Socket set
  • Tire iron
  • Power sander
  • Sandpaper (industrial grade)
  • Enclosed work area
  • Jeepster replacement parts
  • Automotive tools
  • Jeepster re-upholstery kit
  • Air compressor
  • Portable welder
  • Primer
  • Exterior paint
  • Engine hoist
  • Welding protective gear
  • Obtain guidebooks and magazines detailing the restoration process of classic Jeep vehicles. Become a member a Jeep enthusiast group to network with others who may offer advice or help. When restoring such a rare vehicle, it is essential to obtain as much information as possible in order to successfully complete this project.

  • Create a work space that can fit your disassembled Jeep Commando, as well as lighting, large equipment and storage containers. Secure a tarp to an area of the floor for placing larger parts and store smaller pieces within labeled containers.

  • Raise your Jeep with a car jack, then place jack stands beneath the frame for additional stability. Dismantle the bumpers, tailgate, hood, fenders, front grill and the doors. Remove the windshield, windows and mirrors. Disconnect and remove the headlights and taillights, then remove the wheels and axles. You may use grease and a rubber mallet to help with the removal of parts suffering from excessive rust.

  • Disconnect and remove the engine and all similar power components using an engine hoist. Lay all parts onto your tarp. Store screws, nuts and bolts in labelled containers.

  • Disassemble your Jeep Commando's interior. Dismantle the parts and components of the console, then discard the carpeting. Remove the seats, and use a Jeep specific re-upholstery kit to restore these separately.

  • Survey, clean and restore all parts and components separately, replacing all damaged pieces that show signs of erosion or rust. Purchase replacement parts through Jeep authorized dealers, rare auto parts catalogs and restoration specialists.

  • Check along the main body, frame, hood, bumpers, tailgate, fenders, doors and floorboards for damage and ensure that the body is straight. Perform patchwork by using a portable welder to repair rusted areas, holes and erosion. Wear protective gear as you solder metal onto these damaged areas.

  • Use a power sander with industrial grade sandpaper to make the Jeep Commando's exterior smooth, then reassemble the exterior. If the Jeep Commando's panels are aligned, apply a thick coat of primer. Once this primer has dried, paint the exterior of your Jeep Commando.

  • Restore all power components separately. These include the engine, radiator, alternator, transmission and carburetor. Examine the driveshaft, starter, axles and brake systems, and replace components as necessary. Use your engine hoist to lower the engine's parts back into the Jeep, then install them carefully to prevent damages.

  • Check all electrical components, and replace damaged components or wiring. Rewire and install the head and taillights, then install the brake systems. Install the windshield, windows and mirrors. Use a re-chroming kit to repair any exterior trim, then fasten new wheels. Disengage the jack stands, then lower your Jeep Commando to the ground.

  • Install the Jeep Commando's interior by inserting new carpeting and installing the re-upholstered seats. Maintain your Jeep Commando's authenticity by using factory materials and colors. Attach the door handles, the console, all controls and install any interior trim. Once all interior components are operational, test drive your Jeep Commando.

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