Originally Posted by 1SAS
If your CJ is mainly for the street with your wife driving, why not keep it stock?
Yeah, points taken. I'm still considering the 360 for a couple of reasons. First, I've found them real cheap, and they're arguably more plentiful and probably with easier to locate parts than the 304. Also, since the 360 and 304 share blocks, it should be a pretty straightforward swap. That said, this Jeep has been used hard over the years, and the 304 has served us real well.
This project is a labor of love for me. My dad bought this rig brand new when I had just gotten my driver's license at 16. I learned offroad driving in it. I've 'wheeled that Jeep all over as both a driver and passenger. It's main non-stock attributes include a little lift, larger tires, and the Ford T18, all added by my dad. That little 304 in stock trim has taken it over the Rubicon and the Dusy-Ershim trails with only barely-noticable dings. With the aftermarket speed components it tore up the Pismo Dunes. Now it's mine, and I'm gonna resurrect it!
And Dempsey, I know what you mean by "I went a lil overboard". I have a habit of doing that too, which is the reason I'm considering upgrading the engine in the first place. I'll probably still go with fuel injection (for a variety of reasons), though I hear those units are not without their own problems.