thanks for the support,
did a little more work, got the sway bar mocked up, and also the cab mounted to the frame. there will be additional gussets all around...the last picture shows the rear stock strut mounting brackets from the wrx, only cleaned up and modified...you can kind of see a before and after between the 2 photos. it took a bit of time removing all the spot welds, to get those brackets, about an hour for both...i used 1/8" flat stock, and had it bent to shape.
edit: note-the new 16" steelies are test fit- keeping with the stock appearance look.