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Old 03-11-2011, 08:25 PM
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Shortening a frame and pickup bed.

Ok guys. I'm thinking about buying a 69-72 Chevy C10 shortbed. The problem is that they are rather hard to find but the longbeds are very easy to find. One of my friends insists we could shorten the bed and frame without any problems. But I see a LOT of welding and even more in headaches. He's a sheetmetal mechanic and is confident he could cut the bed and get everything to line up. I'm not worried about shortening the frame but I am concerned about welding the bed back together and making it look good. It's not a route I really want to take but if it comes down to it then I would probably go that direction. Any suggestions from the experts? Is this a good idea?

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Yeah lots of work! As I get older I just don't find all the work that rewarding as I did when I was younger. You can find them you just may have to go get one!
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The big truckers do this all the time and is not really a bad deal. Basically, get two pieces of flat steel about 18" long that will fit inside the frame rail and drill a set of 4 holes in a square pattern on each end of the plates. You want to do this simultaneously so they are dimensionally the same. Figure out how much you want to shorten the frame and where you want to remove the section. Using a square, mark each frame rail at the point of the first cut. Clamp the plate on the outside of the frame so with cut line is in the middle of the plate and then drill the 4 holes in the frame, using the plate as a template. Now measure out the length of material you want to remove and mark both sides of the frame and repeat drilling the holes, using the other end of the plates as templates. Of course you have measured and remeasured your lines before doing any drilling and now, cutting the first mark. After making the cut on both sides of the frame, bolt the plates onto the inside of the frame. Make your second cut on the frame and then slide the two pieces together and bolt it up. Recheck your work to make sure the two side rails are straight. If your Bud is a good metal worker, this will be a snap for him. Once you are happy, weld the joint on the outside of the frame and for good measure, weld the plate to the inside of the frame. Even for the first time, should not take you over 4 hours to do this as long as you have a good drill press and sharp drill bits.

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Old 03-12-2011, 07:08 AM
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What about just shortening the frame thenand buying a rust free southern shortbox "box", selling off the long box "box" to fund the purchase of the shorter box?? Got to be short boxes around off wrecked trucks from one of the guys that deal in rust free southern truck parts in northern states.
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The beds do come up around here but they aren't nearly as common. There are probably 20 long bed pickups/parts trucks for every shortbed that is for sale. I haven't really looked anywhere outside Western Washington and haven't looked terribly hard. I'm not in a huge hurry to find a truck so maybe something will come along in time. It's just good to explore alternatives.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:23 AM
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Would it be a good idea to weld stiffeners inside the bed to keep it square?
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Here ya go, step by step with pics

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=123624
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Lol I was just about to post this.
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A complete build thread with lwb to swb frame and bed, he did great job documenting it.

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=223158


If you haven't checked it out yet, tons of info on 67-72 Chevy trucks
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/index.php
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:55 AM
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Great stuff. I received a PM from another member who suggested looking at 67-72.com.
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what's wrong with a Long box? I'v always found the longer wheelbase ride much nicer.
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They do ride much nicer, SWB is for looks only. Nothing like a nice LWB w/8' bed for hauling.
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what's wrong with a Long box? I'v always found the longer wheelbase ride much nicer.
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They do ride much nicer, SWB is for looks only. Nothing like a nice LWB w/8' bed for hauling.
I already have a long bed 3/4 ton Silverado to do all of my hauling and towing. I've always wanted a shortbed C10 and I think they look much better than the long beds. I'm thinking of putting a 406 with a 4L80E in it.
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There has been a few people doing this over at the best forum for that particular truck that I know of, Click here . I don't visit that board much anymore but remember it came up often.

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Old 03-12-2011, 03:16 PM
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A few have suggested that site so far. I've been to it a few times in the past but for some reason never looked much into it.
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