Hello everyone been a while since I have posted on here but I need a bit of advice or rather everyone's opinion if they don't mind sharing.
I have a '79 CJ-5 an '80 CJ-5 and a 74 Wagoneer. Yes I am a Jeep hoarder, particularily CJ's
Anyway the '79 has a 258 and I am replacing the two piece AMC 20 axles with one piece axles and have to do a rewire job on it and hopefully it'll run like it did before I parked in the garage.
Now here's where I need your advice for my baby the '80 CJ-5 the '79 I just want to get it running and drive it for a bit but everything from all 3 Jeeps is sacrificable for the '80 CJ-5.
choice a 283 small block Chevy came out of an early 60's GMC 4WD pickup (I have the bellhousing to match my '80 tranny to the SB Chevy)
choice b AMC 360 out of the '74 Wagoneer
choice c buy a chevy sb 350
choice a my t-176 out of the '80 for which I have the chevy SB bellhousing for
choice b the 3 spd T-150 out of the '79 (this route I'd probably have to use the AMC 360)
choice c the TH-400 out of the Wagoneer (i'm just putting this out there, I'd rather go manual plus I don't want to mess with the driveshafts too much)
#3 Transfer case
choice a Dana 300 out of the '80 CJ-5
choice b Dana 20 out of the '79 CJ-5
choice c the chaindrive quadratrac out of the Wagoneer
choice a AMC model 20 rear and Dana 30 front
choice b transplant the Dana 44 front and rear axles from the Wagoneer under the 80 CJ-5
Anyways lots of choices I've decided this is the year that I get my Jeeps done, I'm starting with the '79 and I'm going to go from there.
What I'm thinking is going with the 283 since I own it and don't have to buy another one, just have to go through it once since I did rebuild it once a long long time ago, recheck the bearing and regrease everything. Go with the T-176 tranny although I hear the the T-150's hold up a little better it is nice to have 4 spd vs 3 spd. Mate that to the Dana-300 which IMO is unstoppable and hands down the best trans case built bar none. Stick with my stock axles to begin with and eventually swap in the Dana 44's.
Mind you the frame is in perfect condition on the '80 CJ but the body is not lol. Anyways I'm excited to get started on it going to dig into the AMC model 20 rear soon, hopefully it'll warm up some here in South Dakota.
Any opinions you guys have feel free to share or any questions you might have or weird and strange ideas.
I plan on using this Jeep as a daily driver, I will be doing a life on it eventually and plan on around 35's or 36's, just general terrain. Not many rocks for climbling where I live, occasionally mud, just an all around Jeep mainly.