Thanks for the encouragement. Yeah, the axle project kinda got put on hold.
I considered pulling the tub, but a few things made me decide otherwise. First, my dash is in almost perfect original condition, everything works and looks good. Plus, I'm not particularly good with electrical, so I figured why create more headaches than I needed to. I'm also dong this completely solo, so physically removing the tub would be a challenge. My firewall and insides of my fenders look decent, and I undercoated everything last summer. It won't be perfect, but certainly good enough for this redneck.