It would help if you gave an indication of how you are going to use this Truck. Eg. Drag, Street Rod, Show and Go. Modified Frame, Boxed or Tubing. Do at least box the frame anyway or the torque will be too much stress on an Aluminum Radiator. and an Aluminum Block. In this case TWEEK is a very bad thing. If you have the straight axle still under that 55, You may want to change it to IFS. This will take up alot of the Torque. and save Engine mounts and Blocks.
Usage will be strictly street. No drags. A daily driver.
Stock frame. No boxing. The boxing is only recommended for these 1947 thru 1955 Chevy AD pickups if you are going to run a big block - like if I had bought Tom Savini's 502 Ramjet!
The tranny corssmember WILL be replaced by a very modern and strong one from Chassis Engineering (arrived yesterday), that serves also as a very effective additional chassis crossmember (its mounting method is very robust).
Stock straight axle, but steel 8 leaf springs replaced with mono composite springs at each corner! Manual steering and manual brakes.
Again, this is NOT going to be a street racer or dragstrip vehicle. This is a daily driver.
And, since it weighs only 3000 pounds AND is limited in the size of tires that will fit, it has a built-in "low amperage fuse": the tires will break traction long before we apply enough torque to tweask things!
Moody Blue: Ford????? No, no! This is a 1955 Chevy Advance-Design pickup - the grandfather of all our SSRs!