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Harleyvato1963 07-21-2008 12:59 PM

Help with a dilema.
 
Has anybody out there ever adapted a later 93,94,95...model Stepside Chevy bed to a 1956 F100? I'm wanting to do this to my truck but don't know where to begin. Does it need to be shortened etc...?

Thanks

Gary

speedydeedy 07-21-2008 01:12 PM

I have never seen it done. My advice is to go find one and measure it.That way you can be sure.

Harleyvato1963 07-21-2008 01:47 PM

Late Model bed on a 1956 F100
 
I see there is a 1956 F100 with a 1994 stepside bed on it on Ebay, but the guy selling it is the second owner and doesn't know the modification it took to make it fit.

MARTINSR 07-21-2008 03:48 PM

I have to tell you, I know you didn't ask for opinion but......I wouldn't even think of that swap, it just doesn't "work".

http://i6.ebayimg.com/06/i/000/fe/8b/2d94_1.JPG http://i8.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/fe/8b/3f8e_1.JPG

I have seen it on a 55ish Chevy, but on that Ford, I am sorry, it is hidious.

Brian

NEW INTERIORS 07-21-2008 04:01 PM

I have seen it done on some other Models,But it don't go on that truck.... :nono:

mercmad63 07-21-2008 04:53 PM

Hideous? maybe tasteless or lazy .
Lazy because it's easy to drop a late bed on as chassis and not repair an original or buy a repro box.
Adapting a box to any chassis is as easy as sitting it in place and seeing where the mounts are and fabricating angle mounts to on the chassis. Almost all pickups use the same basic method.
The original style works because it looks like it "works" for a living .later boxes are all about contemporary styling not practicality.

Harleyvato1963 07-22-2008 09:22 AM

Late Model Box
 
I'm just trying to get a different smoother look. I'm not going for an original look but more of a unique look. Kind of like a 57 Bel-air dash in a ford pickup, which I've done. If there was a way to smooth out all the seams on an original box or a prefab box I'd go that route. I think that it's going to be alot of work getting it all to look like it's one piece.

speedydeedy 07-22-2008 09:33 AM

I agree,it just doesn't go on that truck. If you want different and smooth maybe try an old Studebaker box.

Harleyvato1963 07-22-2008 10:39 AM

Truck bed
 
Old Studebaker??? Hummm, never even thought about it, now we're getting somewhere. Any particular year might you suggest?

NEW INTERIORS 07-22-2008 12:18 PM

Boy!!!! That should be easy to find!!!! :drunk:

Kevin45 07-22-2008 04:01 PM

http://i6.ebayimg.com/06/i/000/fe/8b/2d94_1.JPG

It wouldn't look half as bad if it didn't have the porthole window in it. It makes it look like an extended cab with a porthole van window. I think the bed itself actually looks halfway decent on it.

NEW INTERIORS 07-22-2008 04:38 PM

If you narrow the bed a little,So the step will flow into the cab,It would look better. :D I agree on the crazy little window...It belong's on one of them van's from the 70's..... :drunk:

mercmad63 07-22-2008 04:46 PM

I get you now, The Mopar pickups in the 50's had a real style too. With fins etc. In that case I would hunt down a 1970's box from a F100 and see how that would look Some of the GM pickups from the 50's also had nice styling on the pickup box. Photoshop anyone?
1957 Sweep side.
http://www.kisberenterprises.com/por...kup/dodge1.JPG

Harleyvato1963 07-22-2008 06:33 PM

Truck Bed
 
Yea, I'm not a big fan of the extended cab part of this truck either, but I do like the late model bed. I found me a 97 stepside bed but i don't know if I'd need to narrow it.

We're doin good here ya'll keep the comments and suggestions coming. :D

Harleyvato1963 07-22-2008 06:42 PM

Truck Bed
 
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Here's a truck with the late model Ford bed on it. What do ya'll think???


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