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Brakes and steering. Engine tuning and health. Rocker panel protection (sliders). Recovery equipment and tools. Just throw a mat over that rust. Drive it and enjoy it. Don't start major mods until you've enjoyed it like it is. Find a club or group of people you enjoy wheeling with. Don't dive in to a cosmetic restoration; they usually take years if done in a home garage. "Remember its just a hobby." If it ain't fun, don't do it.
2X greenpiece and andhikea - Get it running good, then focus on brakes and steering for safety. At this point don't worry about the body and oil leaks and water leaking in. Slowly over the years you can tackle body problems one at a time... often times uncorking one releases another. Get that sill firmed up in the back would be one of my firsts. i have had major LC body projects in the past and if you cannot periodically take it out for a cruise and be reminded of why we love these things, it is tough to sustain a long term out of action LC (assuming you only have one) and the demon thoughts of "i should just sell everything and get a "good" truck" will creep in.