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Old 01-18-2006, 08:53 PM
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*Help* 72 Chevy P/U with Late Model Step Side Box *Help*

I have a 71 and a 72 Chevy 1/2 Ton P/Us both V8s and both Long Boxs. the 72 is a one owner (well 2 owner if you count me) and a 75k mile truck. the 72 is a factory A/C P/S P/B truck (no disc brakes) it needs a full restoration witch I plan on.

the pics I posted is the finished look I'm after

OK MY QUESTIONS AND WHERE I NEED HELP

I'm going to do a frame off and would like to shorten the frame, and put a 88 to 98 stepside box on it (I think them are the yrs for the box) (I'm thinking with this later style box and a new set of front fenders, it will limit my body work, witch is a big plus, I will still need rockers and cab corners, I will know more about cab floor when I get the cab off ect.) Can someone give me the frame dimensions and how much needs to be shortened and the best place to cut and shorten the frame ? has anyone done or seen a 67 to 72 chevy p/u with a 88 to 98 fleetside box ? (I think the straight side boxs are called fleetside, Right ?) I will prob go with the step side box but i'm curious about the fleetside box. any advice from anyone that has done this with the step side or fleetside box. is there anything I should know about this swap ?

I am planing on putting front & rear disc brakes, and a Ford 9" and a ladder bar rear suspension, all these parts I have, except the front disc brakes. this is prob going to be a big block & a 400th auto if the motor deal works out, plus I have the original 72 350 4 bolt main & a I have a 1970 350 2 bolt main complete engine, and I have a complete 71 chevy p/u too. any help would be appreciated on this p/u build. the 63 nova build i'm putting on hold for now, as this p/u can be a hot rod and something my son can also use.

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this is a 68 Chevy P/U with a late model box










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Old 01-19-2006, 12:23 PM
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I have seen them done ....but have not done one myself.......
I actually prefer the stock bed over the newer one...
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Same here Duece...it just doesnt work for me. the 67-72 trucks have a nice classic look...the modern bed doesnt mix well. just my 2cents
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Hey nice pics. Youre right the straight side boxes are fleetsides. I could only find this thread on your stepside conversion question,hth http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...light=stepside

I do remember seeing alot more info somewhere over on the 67-72chevytrucks forum, these guys seem to be the best source at swapping truck stuff.

I just got a 71 K10 SWB fleetside with a 350, all wheel disk brakes and 4 spd Muncie. Can't wait to get started on a frame off as well.





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I Like the 67 to 72 SWB Original Fleetside and Step side boxs, butt for a little different / custom look, I really like the late model step side box on these P/Us. kind of the old with a new look, to me it makes the entire truck look like a late model P/U. I've seen some painted / Power Coated Grills I Like, and I like a roll pan in front & rear Too, Not sure I'm going with a roll pan in front or rear . not to mention my theory is with a nice late model step side box for a $1000 or less and a set of new remake front fenders, my body work is reduced to help me with the big block & front & rear disc brakes, and a Ford 9" and a ladder bar rear suspension. I would like to see a pic of a 67 to 72 with a late model fleetside box.

I'm doing a frame off and shorting my LWB to a SWB P/U

I need a grill, anyone know of any aftermarket grills that look good ? I've seen some power coated grills I thought looked good.

Danny G where you gona put your gas tank ? and if your moving it, where you putting your filler neck ? I'm gona do a custom gas tank to put it between the frame rails behind the rear axle, just not sure about the filler location.

is there a gas filler door on the step side boxs from the factory ?


http://www.gmcpauls.com/kits.htm

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72 chevy step side box

I have not done this swap,but have seen several done locally. They used a FORD stepside bed{i think late 80's} .the ford bed has rounded rear wheel openings that better match the chevy front wheel openings. as you can see the late chevy stepside bed has squared off wheel openings.
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Ford Box on a Chevy ? is that even Legal ? Might be a Felony really I would like to see a pic.

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I like your ideas on the mixing the old with the new, I take allot of interest in the short stepsides and fleets too. I'll try and look for some pics of a later model short fleetside box onto a 67-72. Never thought of that one till now.

Been liking the idea of the filler neck going inside behind the side marker light like this fleetside, I hear theyre a little bit trickier to do then stepsides.
http://www.classicheartbeat.com/mark...t_gas_door.htm


And check out this great how to guide from Jorgensensc, this ones done on his stepside and does a great write up on it. Its called INSTALL: Tennman's Sidemarker Fuel Fill on a Stepside
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...699#post599699

My 2nd choice would be filler neck coming out from under the rear center steel bed location or corner close to tailgate, so just dropping the tailgate everytime to get fuel is something I don't mind.

3rd choice is behind the tail light. Seems like a really tricky one to do. Heres page 5 on the Rear Tank Swap thread, shows a fleetside getting done. Great thread on what tanks everyones using too.
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...=117123&page=5

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