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.