I've got a friend (yes, another one if you're keeping track of my posts ) who is thinking about getting a stock 80 4x4 1500, with a blown engine that needs replaced, sm465, 205, and from the specs sheet on the front page, a 12 bolt / 10 bolt combo. He has a 70's 2wd farm beater truck with a good 350 engine that he wants to put in it if he gets it. I was wanting to know a few things about building this thing on a budget. I can get a set of 52's for a 4"-ish lift in the front, but I was wanting to know if he'll need to modify, or completely get rid of his drive shaft in the front for a longer slip one. If any of you that have done it with the stock shaft please, let me know how you set it up. If not, then the seller of the truck also has a drivetrain-less blazer with (maybe) a 4" lift that he may be able to pursuade the seller to get rid of along with some other parts. I'd give him a home made shackle flip in the rear by cutting holes in the hangers and gusseting them up. He'll then get some 35x12.5x15" all terrains for sale locally for around $200 to mount on some stock 15x8" wheels. I've seen a couple of trucks with that wide of a tire on those wheels and I was wondering if they work allright? Then he'll put in crossover steering by using the steering box from the farm truck and the pitman arm and steering arm probably from ORD for quality stuff, and a flat top D44 knuckle on the pass. side. I'll make the draglink, so is there anything that I haven't mentioned in the steering? It'll probably stay with open diffs because it will be his DD, and he'll probably swap in some cheap axles if they come his way with some lower gears to make up for the 35's. Aside from shocks and brake lines, is there anything else I should think about before I break out this plan on him? Any help is greatly appreciated and I thank you for taking the time to read and lend any knowledge , I'll probably think up some other questions later.