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Old 09-18-2006, 11:53 PM
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Shorting a 1955 truck frame..should I?

OK people here is the deal. I will be moving my 1955 2nd series truck into my new shop soon and will have room to tear it down to the frame. The truck is a long wheel base and I am thinking of making it a short wheel base. I have seen this done in the magazines. But wanted to get some input from some of you guys. Some of you might be following the saga of the truck in my journal...so give me some feed back good and bad. Ok so let it fly!
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Can it be done? Sure. How much time and money do you want to spend is the question. If you have a good short bed to start with, then shortening the frame is easy. I you don't have a good short bed and none in sight, then shortening the long bed is what I call a "tough row to hoe".

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Old 09-19-2006, 09:56 AM
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Thanks trees, I figured I could use my existing fenders and possibly shorten the bed sides, make new bed sides or as a last resort buy new bed sides. I was hoping someone here had already taken on this task.

Anyone else have any comments, concerns or advice?
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Shorten the frame

I did this to a '56 about 25 years ago. Until my brother-in-law wrapped it around a tree (going to fast - not frame failure) it was fine. Short boxes are easy to find anywhere but those states where they salt the roads. Like you, I used the old fenders, but found short sides, etc. in a wrecking yard. I had a pro shop cut it and weld it all back together. If you really want a short bed, do it. It's better than wishing you did later.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:31 AM
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Thanks Patom I will give it some thought. I will be moving into my new shop soon and will have some room to take on the project.
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Gator complete short bed, step side, bed sides can be had from brothers trucks for 399.99 I am sure classic industries and several other have them as well and probably cheaper than that.
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i just found a decent bed in the junk yard with fenders and everything for under $100. when i shortened my frame i boxed where i cut it just to make shure its strong enough.

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