I just picked up a 73' CJ5 with no engine, tranny, or t-case.
In bringing it back to life I want to use the stock Dana 30 and Dana 44 axles, but I am not sure which is the best direction to head regarding engine/powertrain. I like the idea of a Ford 302/T18 combo; however, I am wondering if this may be a bit much for the stock axles (especially with lockers)? My other line of thought is to keep it simple and go with a later model 4.0L with a stock or common tranny/t-case combo. I would like to run 33's when I have it put together. Depending on tranny/t-case combo, I am wondering if I can keep the stock 3.73 diffs? or does stepping up to the 33's commit me to atleast 4.11's regardless of tranny/t-case?
This is my first jeep, and I'm looking to build a reliable rig that can hit some moderate trails. I feel I have a huge opportunity here given that I have "clean slate" to start with. Thanks for any constructive input.