Started to gut the original tailgate to swap parts over to the new shell.
Unfortunately im dead in the water right now; had to go to the junkyard yesterday to find a harness to repair the tailgate harness; im guessing it broke and the previous owner lost the whole chassis side half of the harness, cuz i saved the entire harness from that truck, and didnt have that piece! I also found out that the tailgate kit from JBG doesnt include the felt window run channels for inside the 'gate, so i had to order those too (should arrive today). So hopefully Monday ill begin repairing the harness and start swapping all the old parts into my new 'gate.
Once the tailgate is back together im gonna clean up the garage and bring her inside for the winter. Ive got a lot of parts to start putting back on!