So guys, time for an update.
The jeep has been having a rest since it moved to its new home and since ive been very busy with work. Fortunately I have free time again now so its time to start work on the jeep. I was concerned about leaving the motor sitting for so long but in theory it shouldn't have been much of an issue, I bought and fitted an exhaust, fitted a temporary fuel tank and set up a temporary 12v electric system, I span the motor over on the starter and only got 25psi on the oil pressure gauge, this seemed a bit low but I went for a start anyway.
The motor fired up quickly but ran pretty rough and wouldn't idle, after about 30 seconds of total running all of a sudden the motor smoothed out and it ran well. I think that a valve may have been stuck from the motor sitting around during winter for a couple of months. I was only getting 25psi on the oil pressure gauge though, no matter the engine rpm. This seemed odd as if it was an engine issue or pump issue I would expect the pressure to change a little bit depending on rpm but it didn't move at all as the following video shows:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExHpsgbuVV4
I asked on the boards and John and I agreed that it was probably a gauge issue so I purchased a new gauge and retested the engine. It fired right up and the video below shows how it was:https://youtu.be/AlKDs-vi1uo
Good oil pressure and no strange noises which was excellent, thermostat worked and temp got to around 140. I slowed the idle down and the engine ran as below, sounds a little 'tappety' to me perhaps up close?:https://youtu.be/PRX6iApCfHM
The only issue so far is an intermittent squeal from the front end that I traced to the camshaft plunger, pushing the timing chain cover got rid of the noise. I left the engine for a bit and then came back to it and I didn't get the squeal anymore so I'm hoping some oil has got behind the plunger and stopped the noise, I must not have greased the plunger when I fitted it; lets hope that the noise stays away otherwise I will have to investigate further, grrrr...
I tested out the clutch and it seemed to work fine, no strange noises, I then put the jeep in first and let it go forward a bit, seemed to work fine. I then put it into reverse and backed it up the slight incline into the garage, it pulled fine with no bogging and no strange noises from the transmission so all in all so far so good!