Well I purchased my first 4x4 about three monthes ago. It is a 1984 K10. It has a 79' 400cubic inch V8 with a stick. It started as a V6 auto. I purchased new rancho shocks got it tuned up and did all the basic maintenance that you should do when you purchase a used vechile. Unfortunalty shortly arfter purchasing the car a friend hit a curb at about 35mph, tacoed the rim. I believe that my frame is slighty bent and same with the axle. The transfer case was also cracked, so the truck slips out of gear when I drive on the highway for sustained periods of time. I just purchased a new front and rear axle and tranfer case for $500. It came with a 6 inch lift springs in front blocks in back. Now I don/t know what to do. I am thinking about taking it down to the local frame and axle shop and have them look at it. If anyone has any helpful suggestions please let me know. I also have a 84 2wd Surburban that only needs an alternator to run to trade for parts for my truck. I live in Seattle Washington. Thanks again.