Not the direction I normally go, but it shouldn't matter what I think. It's your truck and as long as you like it, that's all that matters. Have at it!
As far as the accident damage, don't take short cuts. If you think it's a bad idea in the back of your mind, don't do it. Just wait and get the new parts when you can. Like Curt said, though, all you'll lose is time if you try to fix it. Just don't leave bent metal, slather it with bondo, grind it kinda smooth and call it good. (I've seen this more times than I care to remember) That is NOT a good repair.
thanks alan will do! headed to the local pick n pull to hopefully get lucky and find a rust free radiator support lol I know long shot but worth a try, and a ac condenser too.. but ive ordered everything else so im well on my way I think.. Not gonna lie when I wrecked this my heart dropped cause ive put so much work in this truck.. Im more hopeful now that im gonna get her going.. Yall know of anyone partin out one of these trucks in our wonderful state? or even in our chapter?
There should be PLENTY of them at the pick-n-pull on West bypass in Springfield. There were about 30 of them when I was there last. Super cheap prices too. Also, Roy Scott's up near Rich has a few of them too.
sorry for the long delay since my last post. but here is an update. Ive got all new parts except for radiator support, bumper, grille and lower valence. I still got to measure for frame damage (can I do that myself?) The drivers side fender hits the door slightly when opening, so im just gonna bend that back to where it doesn't.. I scored a Cervini's cowl hood for 300$. Im going to be doing all of the labor myself so I will really need your guys input and help throughout the rebuild.. I guess im at a stand still while im waiting to get the new radiator support, but while im waiting im taking a wire brush and getting the underneath of the truck spotless.. she will be sitting outside all winter and as of right now she is absolutely rust free and I want to keep it that way.
You can measure the frame yourself, but it's easier with two people. Take as many diagonal measurements as you can and measure from hard reference points. (ie: control arm bolts, bumper mount holes, etc.) Body mount holes are another good spot. Make sure the diagonal measurements from side to side are the same. If the frame is out of square, the measurements will be different. ...Is this sounding more complicated than I mean it to?
I like paint on frames better than undercoat. It's easier to touch up and make repairs or changes if you need to.
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