I'm totally stuck in the planning stages...need some sage advice please...
I want this CJ to be basically a road jeep, but I do want to be able to do light trails etc some mud..no rock crawling, no severe stuff. It will spend far more time on streets than trails. Some things I want for no particular reason other than I just want it that way, like the way it looks etc... I'd like to be able to do 65 mph without over-revving... This thing is purely a toy, won't be making cross country trips on the interstate etc..
Things I am certain of...
AMC 360 with a carb, no FI. It is pretty much stock, back from the machinist waiting to be assembled.
Front Dana 30, wide track from '84 CJ 7 see above. Gearing is believed to be 3.07, but I will open it and re-gear as/if needed. Further looking at the front end...the plate on it has 30-43-13...which I think indicates 3.31 gears. If this is wrong please correct me.
Transfer case is a Dana 300 which I have. I will have it gone through and serviced, I'm not capable of doing that I don't think. I'd like to have it twin sticked for no particular reason other than that everyone says I should and it looks cool...
From here on I need help.
Rear is undetermined. Either a wide track AMC 20 from a CJ 7, or a Dana 44 from a Scout or other suitable... Gearing is undetermined, I need help there. I would want to do the modification to the 2 piece axles and replace them on the AMC 20.
Transmission: big question marks here. I would like ideally a T-19. One suggested setup is a T-19 5:1, with adapter to the Dana 300. With that gearing, then the rear would be geared higher to make it more streetable (I'm told)...cost is very high, I just am not able to find one used to have rebuilt and don't know enough to know which ones can be modified for my purposes... The adapters from Novak or Advanced look like min $300. A rebuilt Novak T-19 basically about $1500.
T-176. The benefit is no adapter, its compatible, less hassle, it's a 4 speed which I want. The downside, I cannot find one, it's not as heavy duty as the T-19, but perhaps would be fine for my purposes even behind the 360. I don't know how it is geared, but I assume it either is or can be altered to fit my purpose.
T-150. I don't really want a 3 speed. I have the original one from this jeep. As you can see from the history of this jeep, it would need to be overhauled. Same compatibility benefits as I see it with the T 176. Cost is obviously the biggest advantage here. My old '73 CJ when I was a kid had this transmission, I just didn't care for it much. All in all however it may be the most sensible thing.
I have asked questions as many places as I can to figure out a plan before spending big $$$. I'm just not getting much information. I know when I am out of my knowledge league and at this point I am, I know what I don't know...hence I need guidance.
Please make suggestions, I need a plan and am not going to figure one out without some help. Thanks.