Oh, I agree on the 4500 issues; there's no clearance to be had and I might as abandon all hope of a flat belly. I really dislike driving automatic transmissions, so that would be an absolute last resort.
Do you need overdrive? I'm sure you've read about the SM465.. VERY beefy transmission, with a DEEP first. Most of the times I use first, I'm goofing around.
It came in heavy duty Chevy's and should bolt right to the LS (they use the same bellhousing pattern as the 350 and 4.3, right?) and hold up to almost anything
But, you don't get OD.. And they shift like a truck; long, slow throw between gears
Anyway...control arms are the next big thing, but I'll be taking pictures of Annabelle doing sheet metal work, first.
Looking forward to this
"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
1990 White YJ TBI350, SM465, NP231, SOA, RE 1.5" SOA springs, Ford 8.8, D30, 4.10's, JBConversions SYE, XJ shaft, Bilstein 5150s, jb4x4 steering, MORE SS brakelines, 35x12.50 15 MT's, '95 YJ Brake Booster, '78 Grand Marquis MC, ZJ Prop. Valve