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Re: Jeep Looking for the next project.
What's the overall goal of the project? Driver? All purpose wheeler? Hardcore rock crawler? If i wanted to do another all out jeep for wheeling just about everything and a little road driving. I would find a solid tub/ body, then acquire a drivetrain probably a TBI chevy motor, either 700r4, nv4500, or sm465, dana 300, chev 231, or a bling bloing aftermarket t-case, a d44 or 60 front, 9" 44 or 60 rear, figure out what suspenion and wheel base I wanted and build a frame, then find a jeep for dirty cheap for little parts or even in an envelope (just for a vin/ title) and start peacing one together to be exactly what I want. It's some times a lot cheaper/ easier to piece stuff together but it can also be a pain, just have to be resourceful. I look at it as i'd probably swap out the drive train and spend $3,500 on a solid running driving jeep when I can spend $500-$1000 on a solid body and a vin doner and then start buying the rest of my drivetrain parts.
If you have $$ but no time look in an aftermarket frame with the suspension, body, and motor mounts you want and either a solid tub or aftermarket steel tub. Drop the body off at the body shop to get painted, order the frame galvinzed or painted, buy a set of ready to go axles (geared/ locked/ cleaned/ painted/ re-build), buy a garuentted to be good or remaned motor/ trans/ t-case, spend a weekend a you can go from a pile of parts to a roller.