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I have extensive rust issues/holes...should I pull the cab for repairs?

I just bought a 96 F350 Powerstroke 5 speed, with extensive rust issues...
I plan on pulling the totally wrecked bed and replacing it by the end of the summer with a flat bed. I figure with the bed off already, it wouldn't be too much work to pull the cab and fix the rust issues (cab corner, major rust on the underbody sheetmetal right next to the front body mounts) and would allow me to strip the rear 3/4 of the frame and repaint it all as well as clean up the axles and suspension. Is it a drawn-out task to remove the cab? any complications/troubles with reinstallation? will everything be easier to line up while it's bolted down? I may also brace/plate the frame while it's pulled apart, because the rust has taken away an awful lot of metal in places...
If it makes any difference, this is a single cab truck.
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If it were mine, and I had the time and space to do it, I would pull the cab for sure! That will give you a chance to get the cab back to 100% and also inspect/repair any rust on the frames rails. Unfortunately, I can't speak for the "ease" of pulling the cab, especially on an OBS, but it can;t be THAT hard

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Erik, that was my thinking too...anyone know exactly what pulling the cab entails? I'm not really sure how much I have to disconnect from the cab in terms of wiring, steering, clutch/brake linkages, etc. and if there's any special tooling involved.

Anyone that could point me in the way of a guide/manual on the subject (and/or a larger manual on the F350's maintenance in general) would be much appreciated.
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