Alright guys, still training before I go to Iraq with my national guard unit. I've been milling some thoughts over in my head about what I can do to the doodge when I get back. 2 1/2 ton axles shouldn't be that hard to come by for me, so I'm leaning towards them. (By the way, the army and all of the guard units are doing away with the old 800 series 2 1/2 ton trucks, the parts, axles, and even whole trucks should be hitting the auctions pretty soon). A rebuilt 440 with the RV cam and possibly aftermarket heads bolted to my np241 and a 205 that my brother's gonna keep an eye out for. One question though, should I use my 1/2 ton short bed frame? The advantage is I've already got it, the disadvantages are that it might not hold up to the deuce axles and it'll be alot more work to change the body, wiring etc. to a ton frame. Will the 1/2 ton short bed frame hold up? The truck will see mostly mud with the occasional light/medium trail action. I know the question's vague, but any input will be appreciated. Thanks!