Just happened to buy two basically rust free XJ's. Both were $500 with the newer one coming with a full tank of gas and brand new Firestone Destination AT's. Which basically paid for the Jeep since I needed new tires for my DD XJ.
The first is a 2000 4x4 with 200k, blown engine, disconnected air, no brakes, but straight rust free tin. The other is a 2001 2wd with 156k and some slight front end damage and punctured radiator. This example has a brand new tranny, brakes, no rust of any sort on the body or the undercarriage parts. Will run but needs radiator. They both have Chrysler 8.25" with 3.55's.
So my options are to transplant the working engine in the 2000. I would then have a clean 4x4 without a/c, brakes, and unknown tranny/tcase condition. Following all this yet?
Or I could transfer the radiator and tin to the 2wd and have a running Jeep without 4wd. Then at some point I could swap the tranny/tcase to it and eventually the front axle from the other.
I'm more inclined to do the latter and have a car in know running condition. I know the 2wd would take more work and look awkward with different colors but all it's parts have been well kept and rust free. That and it has A/C and an upgraded interior with cruise.
Whatever is left I would just part out and then sell to the scrap yard.
So am I addicted or what?! Which route do you think is best for a working 4x4 next winter?
Agreed. 2wd Jeeps make me sad. See if the local tranny shop (not that kind of Tranny) will take your fresh 2wd trans in exchange for freshening up the one in the 2000. Horse tradin', as my father in law would say.
If you want that kind of tranny shop...I know a place in South Korea....jusssst saying
After looking over both vehicles in some bright daylight, I'm going to do as suggested and put the engine in the 4x4. Eventually I'll move over some better interior parts, brakes, and rear axle from the donor. Maybe a mild lift when the axle is out.