To all who responded to my request for advice, many, many thanks.
Here some 18 months later, is the result of my 6 month search for a YJ ending with a 2.5L 5 speed with a great running engine (good compression, no valve clatter and no oil consumption).
Some minor body rust was easily repaired with boat building expoxy...I am not a welder, but I know how to use marine epoxy and I do not like Bondo. PM me if you have questions.
In sequence, the photos document the changes I have made to this 1993 S model since February, 2013 using salvage yard parts.
New body mounts with 1 inch bodylift...a real PITA, busted knuckle chore.
New lower steering shaft.
Rust repair to d/s quarter panel & floorboard.
New CJ radiator, H20 pump, salvage yard 130 Amp alternator, & cone air cleaner as OEM would not fit behind CJ grille.
BTW: That is a brush paint job using 8 coats of Rustoleum safety red. At 5 feet not so pretty but a lot of the imperfections will be removed by a final 1,500 grit hand wet sanding, compounding, waxing & buffing. I await warmer weather.
Next major change will be a CJ dash with OEM speedo, Speedhut 4" dual oil/volt gauge & retro-radio with the windshield painted to match the body.
Outer Banks, NC