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Old 05-23-2011, 08:43 PM
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63 chevy longbed step side to a shortbed

hi my name is seth, this is my first post so hopefully you guys can help me. i have a 1963 chevy long bed stepside, i am installing a chris alstons backhalf so i dont need to shorten the frame but i need the measurements from a shortbed stepside so i can convert it. no one i have seen has a short bed in my town so i can measure. any help will be appriciated.

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i should have mentioned i am not buying a new bed i am shortning the long bed i have so i need the measurements from the front of the bed to the front of the rear fender, then the back of the bed to the rear of the back fender. the closest points thanks
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Your current wheelbase is 127". Your target wheelbase is 115". Remove the bed and fenders and back half the truck at 115". When done with that and you have a roller, position the fenders for the best eyeball and cut the bed accordingly.
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thanks that helpsfor the frame. any one else? i know the back of the bed is longer as well
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You are correct when you say that you'll have to cut and shorten at 2 different places on each side.

Although I can't tell you the exact measurements ... Mar-K has some fairly detailed instructions for removing / replacing the inner box-side panels. Perhaps knowing the dimensions of those repacement panels might tell you where to cut?

Mar-K aso has a tailgate available that has a modern-style remote release handle on the *inside* of the tailgate (yay ... no more chains! )
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You are correct when you say that you'll have to cut and shorten at 2 different places on each side.

Although I can't tell you the exact measurements ... Mar-K has some fairly detailed instructions for removing / replacing the inner box-side panels. Perhaps knowing the dimensions of those repacement panels might tell you where to cut?

Mar-K aso has a tailgate available that has a modern-style remote release handle on the *inside* of the tailgate (yay ... no more chains! )
awesom thanks for the info i will check that out and thanks for the info on the tailgate
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The TV show trucks did this with a 66 Chevy long bed you can buy the episode online, very good video of how they did it.

http://www.powerblocktv.com/site3/in...10&ep_sea=0701
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Shorten bed??????????

Hi,if you go to ROCKAUTO .com,they have the short bed sides,i dont remember price though,would be MUCH easier than trying to shorten yours in 2 places on both sides (for a total of 4 cuts, if you try to cut your bed sides,you better invest in a 5 gallon bucket of bondo.
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