Re: whant 2.5L to be automatic
Without anyone else offering any advice.....
I'm uncertain about the AW4 trans. The 30rh or it's 904,909,999 equivalent will work and will be simple to install. The throttle linkage controls the shifting ...and I don't believe that your year offered a lock up converter in the 4 banger.
IF you go with a DC trans it MUST come from a 4 banger (Wrangler, Cherokee, Dakota).
You must also change the input splines on your t-case..
Someone else may have alternatives to offer you.