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Hello, I am at the point where my I have my body off my frame. The frame is a roller now and ready to go to the sand blaster and then get power coated however I want to make certain that I don't get ahead of myself and find out I should have done some things prior to this step. I need advice by someone who knows and has done this. I would like to have powr steering, front disc brakes, smooth suspension (without chopping the frame up) also maybe swap the original 3/4 ton rear end out for a 12 bolt or? my question is what frame mods if any should I expect to do? do I need to weld any types of perches or anything or could I get the original frame sand blasted and powder coated ho it is stock and go from there? I am looking for the better way to do this without going broke ofcourse.

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First off, I'm not a fan of powder-coating.
Why? Because you can't "touch it up" if you happen to scratch it up during assembly, or later ... and more likely ... if you get a bit of "gravel rash".

I'm using a (2K) polyurethane paint called Endura EX-2C which is used on highway tractors, aircraft, and oilfield equipment in this area.

It's very tough ... stands up very well to abrasion.

As to the steering and brake questions, Classic Performance Parts is a great source, which I have ordered from a couple of times already.

Here is a $119.00 kit that adapts a common Chevy 1/2 ton steering box (stay under the 1981 model year if you want to use standard 45 SAE flare fittings)

They've got your brake and suspension stuff, too.

Other sources that come to mind:
LMC Truck
Brothers Truck Parts
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Good insight-thanks alot!

This is good knowledge, thanks for this. I think I will not go the powdercoating route afterall, that will allow touch ups, add ons and so on with relative ease. Also thank you for those links, they will soon become very useful as this proccess unfolds. Thanks again!
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just want to caution on the use of endura. it is awesome stuff but make sure you use a repsirator even if you are outside upwind. there is a lot of isocyanates in that stuff and they are really nasty on the lungs etc.
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