There was a great article a while back on Project Get Shorty. I'm thinking of doing the same thing except reusing the trailing arm suspension. I thought I would have to buy shorter trailing arms but there is only one length for sale. I'm sure the old arms won't work after the frame is shortened. Am I missing something? Thanks
I'm gonna assume you have A '67-'72 Chevy or GMC. The shortbed & longbed trailing arms ARE different lengths. Short for short & longer for long. They also have different mounting locations, the shortbed body mounts are under the cab approx mid way & the longbed mounts are at the rear of the cab. So your gonna need to get the short arm set up and relocate the body mounts. You might check around with some of the aftermarket companies that specialize in frame & suspension mods and see if you can't get a kit with detailed installation instructions or at least some info as to the most safe, accurate & secure location & proceedure. When mine was done we replaced the trailing arm suspention with 3/4 ton multi-leafs with a flip kit, ground off the existing mounting brackets and welded on new ones on a Ford 9 inch out of a Lincoln with 5 on 5 lugs and disc brakes, also relocated the shock mounts on the frame & rearend, with the leaf set up I was able to keep a spot between the rails and behind the rearend for a gas tank and also a hide away trailer hitch which is behind the license plate via a fold down bracket set up from a rear access gas fill vehicle, (the type used on '68-'72 Chevelles). Two Thanksgivings ago my family donated a bunch of frozen turkeys to the local church, we estimated the weight around eighteen hundred pounds and my truck only dropped approx. 1 1/2 inches, so towing my boat will be a breeze. Good luck and I hope I helped a little.KKB
Thanks for the help. I guess I thought there was only one length because when I called the aftermarket parts houses, they all said they only had one length. Thanks again
Wow ! KKB i'm impressed. Even I didn't know the arms were different,but then again I have never had a long bed. Sounds like you are really focused this time.Now your the ALFA dog,......go get em boy.
Sounds like I've got a couple of experts here. A follow-up question-I'm planning on using a sportside bed from a 93 Chev. I saw one at a show and it really looked cool. I've been wondering though, do all the short beds typically have the same location for the axles and tires. I would hate to shorten the frame according to the directions in the article only to find that I have a problem with the tires not clearing the wheel well.
I've seen a few trucks done that way, i haven't heard of any of them modifying the chassis.Then again I haven't done that either. Geez what have I done......I'm beginning to feel useless.We better let this one go to KKB.
Ok Shaun, On my '70 we cut 6 3/4 inches off the rear & 11 3/4 off the front and that enabled us to keep the tail light buckets in tact, then welded up the skins and cab side wall then filled the center bed stake hole with flat stock and a little body work and now the bed is centered perfectly even better than factory. My guy did such a fine job if the bed were all one color you wouldn't be able to find the weld lines. Tony, don't sweat it partner you've helped scores of builders since coming onto the forum scene. ThanksKKB
I'm going to jig up for shortening a few longbeds and chassis and since I have a nice 58 longbed , I'm going to jig up for it too. Yeh' I know you can buy some of the beds Repo, but there are so many longbeds going cheap out there it's ashame to waste them. Sometimes you can afford to waste LABOUR ( yes this is the real way you spell it) and HARBOUR is spelt like that too. Anyway as I was saying time is free if there is no money.