Thanks for the replies. My plan was to start with the engine and tranny and then when I had all the goods (suspension, drive train and tires at same time).
I have a rebuilt 350 in a family members garage and a 302 at my disposal. I've been looking for a tranny and that was going to be the next purchase and then the motor mounts, AA/Novak and Painless kits to do that job at one time. I might add, that once I accumulated everything I needed for the job, the Jeep was no longer going to be my daily driver and take up semi-permanent residence in the garage.
After the engine and tranny, I wanted to start on the suspension, axles and tires (as a package) by getting the pieces and parts and doing it at the same time. Tire wise, I would like to get into 36's or possibly 38's. I haven't put a lot of time into either because that part of my buildup is down the road.
As for offroad driving, it's mostly desert stuff right now, with what I would call pebble crawling thrown in here and there. Eventually, with time and experience, I would like to graduate into more serious rock crawling and all around offroading. Experience being the biggest key factor and I wanted my Jeep to grow along with the experience level. What I don't want is a "hey look at my cool big Jeep" but rather a solid Jeep that I can build in stages as money and need dictate.
I've learned a lot from everyone here at the board even though I don't post often, I read daily. The do's and don't(s), what works and what doesn't. In the end, the hope is that I don't make mistakes in the direction I'm going that will cost me more to correct than doing it right the first time.
Thanks for any more info.. Believe it or not, I'm basing my decision and what you guys think is the right way for me to go at this point.
83CJ7 definitely broken this time