I bought a mechanical oil pressure gauge and will be putting that on and testing for pressure before pulling the pan. I hope to pull the pan New Year's Day to see where I am.
My end goal is a really, really good question because I really don't know - this wasn't in the plan. I have had the CJ for about 9 years and my wife is cool and understands the jeep thing even thought she wont wheel with me any more - when one jeep rolls 4 times down a hill right before we almost rolled cured her for trail rides. We have talked about swapping the good parts onto a TJ Rubicon but it just isn't a classic jeep.
These are my options
Option 1 - don't need a rebuild and all is good...this is slim
Option 2 - buy a TJ so I can drive to the trails and not have to tow every time I want to wheel and pull the good parts off my CJ for the TJ - rear ARB, Tires, OBA, front limited slip Bumpers... and sell the carcass or part it.
Option 3 - Wait to find another CJ that is being parted and snag the motor - I hate waiting
Option 4 - invest $1700 on a rebuild which just doesn't seem worth it as I think I'm ready for a different jeep to build
This is her before the rear swing our carrier and locker/LSD