V8 replacing 2.4
I am at the "thinking about it stage" of changing engines next summer. I will have 4 weeks next July to do this project.
My hope is to replace the 2.4 that's in my 2003 TJ with a small V8 of some ilk. I'd like to not have to replace the NV1500 transmission because the engine swap itself seems like a manageable amount of work, but when you start talking about moving around tranny, tcase, drive shaft length, etc. it all seems overwhelming. I am open to any reasonable engine selection.
Not planning on doing anything crazy like towing, plowing, climbing rock formations. Mostly want an engine that can deal with trips through the Rockies with ease.
Thanks in advance.