Rick - yes get that thread updated! Aren't you working on that Safari 24/7? Its a great thread on 69 back structure issues, certainly has given me a good look at what I need to take care of (though mine has about 6" of bad wood not several feet, and very little play at the rear frame/body intersection.
Bootlady, I paid just under 2k for 2 new axles, shocks and shipping to Washington state last week, and if they haven't been replaced he's 100% right the rubber in em is shot.
Make sure to post some pictures after you get it!