The lift really isn’t that bad. Unless you are just all eat up with rust it shouldn’t take but a day.
I don’t really have a local shop that I would trust to work on my cruiser. I do everything myself because I know it will be done right plus I get to learn and know my truck better. I’ve seen too many shops mess things up and cut corners. ACC is the only shop I trust but they are a few hours away from me too.
I’ve got diff drops on both my 100s and that’s super easy too. Takes about an hour and you don’t even have to jack the truck up.
If you decide to reboot your CVs I’d be happy to help. I just did mine a few weeks ago and have the crimping tool to use on the factory clamps that come with the kit. It’s an easy job too.
Working on these trucks really gives me a sense of accomplishment and I know it’s right when I’m done. Let me know if you decide to do it yourself. I’d be happy to lend a hand and any tools you might need.
I'm kind of...particular...about work on my vehicles for the same reasons you list above. By all accounts ACC is a great shop, but the distance is more than I can bear. Sounds like the diff drop is pretty easy to handle. The CV boots, though, how can that be an easy job, don't you have to take the whole hub off/apart and remove the axle to reboot, or can you do it with everything still assembled? I'd be glad to take you up on the offer of help when the time comes.