So this is basically where I left off almost a year ago with the truck. I had some help and removed all the sheetmetal, box and cab from the frame....I stripped it using an angle grinder with a wire cup brush on it...actually used about 4 wire cups to do the whole frame and springs. I sandblasted the front axle and spindles and also blasted small corners of the frame that the brush couldn't reach. Basically it is coated with a small amount of primer depending on the location, and all of the parts are covered with brushed on POR-15 Chassis coat semi gloss black paint. All of the spindles, springs, brackets, etc as well as the frame also have rattle can black on to as an extra barrier. It looks nice and will last quite a while...this will be a driver and will be easy to keep clean now!
I used a disc brake conversion kit for the front end, removing the factory drum brakes and swapping on rotors from any MOPAR A body Dart Duster Demn, etc or Volare Aspen bodied car...As well the kit alows the use of newer single piston Chebbie calipers like Full size Impala or Chev truck, as well as the car brake hoses....all of this will lead to a faster, safer, and more economically repaired system.
I had to get the spacers that came in the kit to "bush" the rotors away from the factory spindles bored out slightly to fit flush against the face of the spindle...as it would appear that this 1/2 ton came with a heavy spec front suspension and spindles that were typically found on a 3/4 ton truck.
I plan to do more updating soon, stay tuned!