My buddy with a Raptor is in the middle of doing this. Here's how he attacked it:
1) with everything together, made little gussets for the frame. If doing this, do it while it's together so you can be sure that the gussets clear everything.
2) disassembled everything
3) cleaned paint from all areas that are getting welding treatment, then install the gussets and fix/reinforce any welds
4) send it off for sandblasting - powdercoating. We found a local guy with tons of colors, he said it would be a week
5) put everything back together!
It's taken 2 weeks to get to step 5, don't know how long it'll take to reassemble, prolly a couple of nights.
I'll post pics of the finished chassis soon...
While all this was happening, it was perfect time to send in the Elkas for servicing and revalving, as well as ordering extra parts that are going on it when it goes back together.
So, what color are ya thinking for "Project450R"?