Ah yes, the sheet metal shifter cut. As scary as this may seem it is one of the easiest problems you may encounter and normally during a 3” BL and not the 2”. The 3” is a major PITA and something I don’t recommend…2” is not as painful and gives plenty of lift.
The main worry for our 1st Gen trucks is rust. Rusted body bolts, steering shift bolts, etc…almost every bolt we need to work on will be rusted and may need to be replaced.
We did one that had a rotted radiator lower bracket that could not be saved…had to fab one out of a piece of angle iron that was lying around. Otherwise it’s just a lot of steps to follow.
There is a great 2” body lift write up HERE
I got a crew of maniacs here in Brooklyn that knocks 'em out in less than a day for beer, pizza and smokes...