I currently have three front beams: 1. The current front beam on Nigel (OE), 2. The NOS beam I bought eons ago that has very slight surface rust on the needle bearings and 3. The beam that came from Ferris, which is harboring sand due to being subjected to one of the many incompetent powder coating shops I managed to find. The beam that's currently on Nigel will ultimately become the 'spare' beam-assuming that it's not rusted out in the lower collar corner (typical place for them to rot). Ferris' original beam is intended to go back once the sand is flushed out and these bushings are installed. Control arms will be stripped and powder coated, new ball joints, tie rod ends and a reconditioned steering box will be added.
I plan to post up a comprehensive review and comparison between the two kits once I've had a chance to get everything together. I realize that the 'review' will probably sound biased based on my recent experience with Airkewld but that's on them, not me. I'll do what I can to make it objective but the facts will likely show what I already suspect.
I can't wait to start getting some of these parts together...it's been way too long.