Sounds like I may have options for improving the front clip
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I will definately spend some time modifying and re-supporting the front clip attachment on my 40' truck before considering scrapping the old work. Based on many of your comments, with a little extra welding and frame support work I think what I have is worth saving.
The truck sits nice and level and feels correct on the short quiet trips I've taken around the block. It may not be pretty but I think what has been done by the previous owner was well set up, level and sqaure.
Now I am after an "under bed" gas tank and an after market truck bed.
Hope to be on the road and legal by March 1st.