ohhhhhhhh Kevin, tough choice. I absolutely love the CJ5 but the personality and head turning affect of the CJ2 is also irresistable.
The 'build up' is the question. If you were going to basically keep the body and go with all new drivetrain, I would go with the CJ2. If you are more comfortable with Bolt-on, then you have to go with the CJ5.
'75 CJ5 ---Chevy HP 350 motor-- All Fiberglas---one piece tilt forward nose
1985 chevy stepside pickup, 300K on the clock: Original Owner
1989 Volvo 240 300K on the clock: Original Owner
the 1991 X is my newbie with 331K on the clock: bought OCT.'03 with 183K