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Old 12-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
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long bed fleet to short bed fleet

I was thinking of turning my short bed step side into a short bed fleet side and while searching for a bed I noticed that the long beds are more easy to find than short beds. How heard would it be to convert a long bed into a short bed (just the bed not the frame)?
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

The bed itself is easy. You can take a section out of the front and rear for ease, or take some out of the front/rear/wheel well to make it "right". plus the stake pocket, but the lines are there.

i think it's 12" front, 8" rear, but I will double check.

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Old 12-19-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

Since the beds have the same lines front to rear it wouldn't be hard if you take your time and have some welding abilities.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:35 PM   #5
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

Buy the CD from Trucks TV or download it. This will save a lot of head scratching. Do a search as there was a discussion in the last 30 days.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #6
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

look at the old blue pro touring in the projects section, he made his lwb shorter than a lwb but still slightly longer than a swb and its the perfect look, kind of a mwb.


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remember that the wheel arches are slightly different between long and short, so the cognoscenti will relish pointing out your ruse.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:32 PM   #7
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

several ways to skin the cat - if you can find the Trucks! episodes where they did this to a longbed C10 - and did it very well, it's worth watching. I looked recently and couldn't find the individual episodes for free online - but here's the DVD that spends about 15 minutes on how to cut the bed. I bought it just because I enjoyed the series for this 66 C10 and wanted to watch it through without commercials. An option if you can't find the episodes online for free... http://www.powerblockswag.com/Trucks...hevyc10dvd.htm
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:58 PM   #8
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

The last time I looked, you could buy each episode on itunes. I think it was $2 or $2.20.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:41 PM   #9
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Re: long bed fleet to short bed fleet

The wheel opening is larger on the lwb. I cant remember if it is 1.5 or 3.0 inches. On lowered trucks with big wheels, it looks really good.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:37 PM   #10
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65Chevy pickup Longbed to Shortbed - YouTube


Had to get the calendar out to check what decade we're in!
Barely in the 70s
The Sly, Slick And The Wicked by The lost generation - 1970

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