Whoops, this is for Andy,
LOL, yes!!!!!!!!! Like I said in that PM... I don't know the details cause I haven't read into it much, I just know it's an option that exists that I completely forgot about cause of the pathway I've come. With you starting from scratch though it might be a good way to go and end up both cheaper and stronger! If you PM him toss out my username as reference, he'll most likely recognize me and have more comfort in helping you out since your post count is low over there being new.
As for parts in yards, yes, I've seen a bunch of them in both pic-a-parts every time I've gone. They're very common to find. I'll bet you could pull the entire front suspension for a couple hundred bucks out of a yard and if those brackets are only a couple hundred... Then maybe another $250 for radius arm material. You're looking golden! I bet you could do the whole thing for under $750 not counting 3rd member gears.
BTW, as soon as the expos take their positions, you're gonna see some serious work going down compared to the race truck! LOL I'm planning 1 week start to finish on the rear suspension, 2 weeks on the front suspension, 1 week for body and interior and another week to button up stuff. Then hopefully right into paint and tint and game on!!! That's in a perfect world so we'll see... BTW, a lot of that time includes building up two vehicles pretty much. I literally am swapping enough parts so that whitey will hopefully end up on 4 wheels when all said and done. Doesn't have to run or look pretty but would be nice if it's supporting it's own weight and maybe has steering... So some of that time involves bolting stock stuff back onto the white one to keep it mobile in the driveway and able to roll away someday.
Marn, Andy has a welder now, hit him up! I'm not even sure if your ride will fit in my garage? Is my garage deep enough for it to fit?