That is awesome!!! Nothing like having a history of "pushing the envelope" then getting into the Commando and there is no envelope to push. You might have to get creative here. Perhaps next time drive commando in the Commando..
Two words: Nitrous oxide. And after you do that, four more words: Broom and dust pan, because that's what the track crew will be using to pick up what's left of your engine. All in all, great story! Now all you have to do is research the famous "Holy Toledo" drag car from the late '60's. You can live vicariously through the exploits of that entry and appreciate what it requires to make an old Jeep run quick. Of course, you can also look at what Brian Chuchua used to do a Jeep inline six and spend a boatload of money to reach that level. Or, you could stick a 12-valve Cummins in it and roll coal!
One thing about any model Jeepster...you are a 1 person auto show everywhere you go. EVERYBODY has a Jeep story in their life to share and they are pretty good stories too,they run the gamut.And no,its not a Bronco LOL.
Your article caught my eye with it's witty title, plus I've had a few old Jeeps in my time. But now that "going Commando" has become a well-known catch phrase, I want one! Think of all the opportunities to use that line. As the proud owner of a '47 Woodie Station Wagon I'm getting tired of people reversing the "woodie jokes" on me when I'm just talking about her in a serious manner.
Your nightmarish clutch leg and tale of tempting fate with an overheated-motor while waiting for your turn to stage, sounds like every 4th of July parade I've participated in. I think one year I actually may have suffered a mild heat stroke trying to pass on a bit of automotive joy and history to the flag-waving masses lining the parade route.