I'm an IT guy, but also a farm boy.. just small scale, some beef, some chickens.. but yup.. use it up till it's wore out.. then weld some stuff to it to make it go even longer..DaveU, really like your idea. I've thought about the possibility of rebuilding these shocks because I'm a farm boy and in my life anything is rebuild-able. I'm not a machinist but I have a cousin who is and has done some incredible stuff. I was going to ask him about it some time. 3s's are rare around here so I have a real hard time trying to find old ECS struts anywhere. Good luck, hope you can make something work.
I'm no machinist either.. but it's amazing what you can accomplish with a grinder, a press and a welder.
The trick will be the seals.. has anyone measured the shaft and body diameters front and rear?
i'm hoping there is some off-the-shelf pieces we can re-purpose to seal the body to the shaft.
Hoping to be able to get some worn out units to work on this winter.. see if i can't make something work.