Hey all, new here, and looking for advice. I have been working on old Ford all my life, and finally picked up a Jepe my dad bought new. He took care of the body, never had it off road (don't ask why....), but neglected it mechanically. I only got to drive it for about 1,000 miles and the rods started knocking.... Now my 12 year old daughter claimed the Jeep to be her's when she turns 16, and I am ok with it, so I plan to keep this calm.
I plan to run 31 or maybe 32 inch all terrain tires on it, maintain the stock front axle, maybe convert the rear to the Dana 44 from a Cherokee, or an 8.8 from an Explorer.
My real question is this...... Do I retain the stock 2.5 and rebuild it, maybe add a header, 4.0 TB, and a couple little things that route, or do I convert to either a 4.0L injected engine from a cherokee, or maybe convert it to a 4.3 Chev V-6?
Not too worried about the mechanical part of the conversion, I am confortable with any of it (though there may be some questions asked), just looking more at practicality.... Who has done the conversion? Was it worth it? You know, all the standard bs....
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to get the basics out there.... We plan to make another trip out Moab and over to Colorado again late winter/ early spring... did it earlier this year with an Explorer, but want the Jeep for the next trip.