the secret to hard work is work. this hobby takes a little of it.
take the 10 seconds and search the forums. there are too many different options to explore SOA, SUA, axles, lockers, etc.
get a game plan and then start asking questions.
as far as an opinion on the motor... chevy is a good cheap option with a 700r4 backing it up.
93 sahara, 4.0 5 speed, d30+8.8, worn out rough country lift, 32x11.5 pro comp MT, SOA on the way!!!