I havn't had a Jeep in 8 years. Back in the day I had an '87 with a 4.2, 4:88's, stock axles, 2.5" spring over with 36" Boggers. I never had a problem in the woods. I now have a '94 4cyl. auto. I am wondering if I should put some money into it to make a good wheeler. Here are the issues.
-Tub is rusting out
-Frame is pretty rusty, the rear by the shackles has a rust hole about 1"
That said, I plan to just wheel it. Maybe some trips into town but not a daily driver. The 2.5 has no nuts on the road but I am wondering how it handles the trails. I'm not really into huge mud holes but more hills with a bit of mud. Will this motor do it for now?
Sould I trust the frame? It feels fairly solid except for the rear but I took off about 30 LBS. of rust when I stripped it and undercoated it. Will it handle the flexing. I plan on putting a frame tied cage in it next week so I think that will help.
If I plan to just wheel it should I plan on a motor swap, 4.0L or SBC? Or will the 2.5 do fine for what I do.
1994, 2.5, Auto. 30/35 axles welded, posilok, 4:10, 4" lift,
1" Shackle, 33" BFG MT, 4.0L Throttle Body.
Please give me your ideas.