I apologize. I never knew there was any responses here.
I wanted to keep this as original as possible but after long thoughts, I need this to be more efficient and economical too. Let's say, more up to date.
I also have a '91 YJ with a tweaked frame that I'm not interested in fixing, so all parts are available. Also parts from an 88 YJ. Including the 258.
I've decided to restore the body to original but upgrade the drivetrain and some components.
Before anyone suggests it, I'm not putting any motor in that is not in the JEEP family. I'm set on using this 4.0L bc I have history with it. Thank you.
My thoughts are simple:
1960 Jeep Wagon
4.0L HO motor (1991 YJ)
AX-15 (1991 YJ)
Novak Adapter (AX-15 to T-18)
Original Dana 44 and Dana 27 rears
The reason for using the T-18 instead of the NP 231J are bc the Dana 27 is a passenger side drop. The NP231J is drivers side. People have said to upgrade the front axle to the Dana 30 from the YJ. I'm not going that route bc the Dana 30 is drivers side drop, different gear ratio, and also lug pattern. I believe it MAY also be a slightly different width. Yes, it is set up for power steering and disc brakes, which would only require me to rebuild the rear axle at that point. I'm still factoring and figuring $$$ on that aspect.
As far as the motor is concerned, I ordered a kit from CLIFFORDS PERFORMANCE. I AM degrading to a carbureted engine. I work with computers all the time but rather not have them in my vehicle. With a new intake, dual exhaust. Other upgrades also include ignition system and cold air intake. If you've made it this far, please comment or give me some feedback. I'll appreciate it either way. BTW, I AM AN AMATEUR at this. I do know how to read and use tools tho. Thanks all.
Dip it in Chocolate, cause that's sweet like candy! Seriously. You've been gifted with a relatively rust free vintage Jeep. Obviously you are favored by a divine power. I agree with other posters though, install electronic ignition and disc brakes. Avoid the temptation to install a turbocharged Cadillac V8. ( If I had known that image would still be with me after all these years I would have gouged my eyes out! Well, maybe not, but I'd have worn dark glasses at the least. )