Frame shop has the frame hopefully it turns put good and have it back sometime next week to start prepping it and such.
Looking at the possibilitys of lifting at the same time I do all of this. I figure all my shocks are gonna break while I take them off and I'd like to lift it any how. Looking at a rough country lift. Allot of the other options seem to be out of my price range.
ok, sorry, long time no update. so I found a frame on craigslist and told the owner id take it. went to get it and I realized it was bent out of shape and that it was a newer year frame (wrong gearbox mount). talked the owner down and got a hell of a deal on the frame. although it was rust free it was bent so I took it to a local frame shop where they straightened it for me. took it home, sanded, drilled drain holes, cleaned, epoxy-primed, and bedcoated the entire frame. I swapped everything over from the old to the new frame while adding a 3" zone suspension lift. I used the original steering box so I had to relocate one mount point. have put over 1000 miles on it since the swap and all is well. just need to finish up some bs odds and ends and find some bigger tires.
any questions feel free to ask, ill try to get back and possibly post some pics. thank you for all the support.
Frame was bent pretty good. Twisted. Not diamond . Frame shop said frame must have been ran over with a heavy piece of machinery or something to bend it the way it was bent. But they got everything pretty Dang straight. My body went practly directly on with little issue. As for price I am not really sure what it would regularly cost. It was kind of a bartering deal. Seems my recent luck with phones has caused me to lose all my jeep pictures. I will have to try and find some or take some new ones.
Other things I did while frame swapping were... All new brake lines , gently used gas tank skid pan, came with frame (mine was ready to fall off), new hardware in a few places. Oil pan and gasket. Rear main seal. Valve cover gasket. Checked on the clutch. Serp Belt. changed Fluids in front and rear diffs and gearbox. and new Evap lines.