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My answer is - it depends.
Its unlikely the front of the frame is that rusted out and the rest is fine... I'd pick at it with a hammer all over and see if it's soft anywhere else. It looks bad right up where the steering box mounts. That's really ultra not-good. You don't want your steering box tearing out. That's really really not-good.
The best and hardest way is to swap all your parts to a nicer frame. You prolly don't wanna do all that.
Next possibility is taking your best stuff like that new trans and VP44 and swapping to the nicest non-running truck you can find, if you can find one.
Rusted out frames really suck. What I'd do depends on how nice the truck is. If it's really a choice cream puff, it's worth the effort and expense to fix. Otherwise, man I dunno... I'd probably get rid of it and buy one from the west coast or southeast.
If somehow it really is only rusted right there, remove everything around the rust, grind it all out, and weld plates on, but make SURE its strong where the steering box is!
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