Mailbox huh?... Orrin been visiting up there, and training ya?
The frame paint aint so hard.... provided you dont want to reach every square inch of it near the trans.. I just did mine, and there's just places ya cant reach unless its stripped.. But, unless you crawl under it, ya dont see it..
a hint... the floor un-screws in sections.. remove the rubber pad, undo the screws and replace the lines... it woulda been tons easier if I had know beforehand.. also, remove the splitter block from the trans and clean and lube it whilst yur there..chances are it'll need it, and its real simple, especially with that floorboard out...
shift boots are cheap on ebay, and at KW.. about the same price.. $25-35 w/ring.. I liked the aluminum one better, cause you can always sand the scratches and rebuff, chrome dont like that..
a coup[le hundred for paint, a hundred for sandpaper,tape, and fiber.bondo... get it ready for paint, make a new friend at a good paint place, pay a little, and advertise his shop on yur brag board at shows, in trade.. I need to do mine by then too..
btw, if you get the urge to replace them bad cotton covered airlines that are wearin out... aeroquip-type hose is usually $5/ft and up.. go to plastic and buy the fittings online..plastic is .06-.80/ft.. fittings about $5-6 ea.. just so ya know..
let me know if ya find a couple good xtra front corner lites, I wanna add 2..
1972 KW925 SC350 12513 240WB, restoral in progress, 1936 CAT RD4 w/LPC 4A blade restored ground up