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Old 05-11-2006, 12:30 AM
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Shortened long bed?

I found a bare short bed frame for my truck, but no luck finding the bed and a complete reproduction SWB runs about $3000.00. An auto body friend says we can shorten my long bed by taking 12 inches out of it from in front of the wheel wells. However, leave the bed behind the wheel wells alone and I end up with a 7-foot bed instead of short beds 6-footer, so it actually ends up being a medium bed... All I have to do is pay for materials and beer!

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we bougt a 70 chevy short bed frame truck the previous owner start the long bed sheet metal to shortbed, they fit it up really good but =we had to finish weld it up and do a LOT of body work to get it right and it was the best part of the truck when we finished it in autobody shop class me and my son. LOTS OF WORK. Not sure if I could have done the original cut and fit part. Ed ke6bl
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Do it! Beer is cheap
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Looks and sounds interesting, what have you got to loose?

This is how I would go about it:

Make a vertical cut about a half inch from the front of the bed on the outer skin. Do this on the inside and outside. The floor I think is welded flat on the the front cross member, if your floor is wood (it was an option or something back then, I have seen both) that makes it a no brainer.

The outer sides are the only real challenge, getting back to that:

Cut the amount of skin off (sounds like about 11and a half" being you have left a half on the panel for a flange, of course this is where you would measure, MEASURE, and MEASURE to be sure you cut in the right place) And then put a slight roll in on the end of the panel to lay over the front of the corner. You clamp it in place and put a number of tacks down that front lip right on the corner going back and forth to each side until it is complete being careful not to build up any heat.

On the inside, run the metal right into the corner and do the same overlap on that 1/2" flange. Plug weld that, only a little grinding and a little seam sealer in the corner will be needed.

On the outside, it will need a minimum of clean up and filler, if any.

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The thing on those 67-72 beds is that upper body line slopes down towards the rear. If you cut out 12 inches and slide the halves back together your lines will be off. You will need to massage the two lines to match properly.
When done right you cant tell, when done wrong it looks like a butchered up POS.
If you have a metal floor you can simply unbolt it from the boxsides and cut it down and rebolt.
Not an easy task but do able...Eric
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Eric, but he is talking about shortening the front, it is straight there isn't it?

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Right... I see the upper body line your talking about. looks like it could be a PITA to get right. I wonder if the Early Classic bed sides are just skins, or complete with the inner panel? They are $429 each, so much less then the complete bed. I'll call and see if the rest of my bed components are compatible. Sure would be a lot less work and more beer drinking, if all we had to do was shorten the bed!
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I honestly don't think it would be that big of a deal. If you were splicing it in a vertical line down the middle of the panel it would be somewhat of an issue, true. But if the panel is being brought all the way up to the front where the only difference is how it fits right at that 1/2" "flange", I don't think it will create a problem. Do a simple measurement, I don't think it will make a misalignment of more than 3/16" or so.

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I honestly don't think it would be that big of a deal. If you were splicing it in a vertical line down the middle of the panel it would be somewhat of an issue, true. But if the panel is being brought all the way up to the front where the only difference is how it fits right at that 1/2" "flange", I don't think it will create a problem. Do a simple measurement, I don't think it will make a misalignment of more than 3/16" or so.
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Good deal, I'll bring these points up with my buddy this weekend. Then do some measuring and marking, BEFORE the beer drinking starts!
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nice man..

for my s10 body drop project.. i am adding a s10 extended cab cab to a short bed single cab frame.. the rear of the cab comes right to the mount for the bed.. right up against it.. so we are shortening the bed the ..whatever distance and shortenig it more in the rear like 8" behind the rear wheel fender.. wher it ends..its a 85 so the body line is strait.. but leave me some tips if you do this.. i say..try it..if you flunk up w/e you live and learn
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Brian,
those beds have a slight drop down the entire side, really radical at the rear.
Those repro boxsides are COMPLETE sides, inner and outer!!
Just unbolt your old ones and bolt in the new ones. Ive seen many repro boxsides they are top notch pieces.
I have a 72 long bed that I plan on shortening some time soon. My boxsides are darn near perfect but some prevoius owner idiot completely welded the floor and braces to the inner boxsides with a stick welder, making for really nice ugly welds Instead dealing with that cobbled up mess and cutting down sides am buying new boxsides.
I live 10 mins from Chevy Duty truck parts and can get new sides for less then 400 per side.

Make a long story short, for 420 bucks IMO its not worth the hassle.

I dont remember the excat misalginment number in the front but its NOT very much. If you or your friend have some good metal fab tools and knowledge then cutting the front down is very do able. The rear is another story...Eric
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Eric, I am with you, the fact is he ONLY is planning on shorting the front.

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Brian, I realize that he plans on only cutting the front.
After rereading my posts it seems that I dont
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I got ya.

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100 mile drive tomorrow to check the frame and make sure its straight. If so we'll be hauling it back and starting the prep process. Thanks for the input.
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