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angelsilva angelsilva
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/08
Posted: 05/18/08
06:03 PM

I just got a 1969 chevy C/20 long bed but would like to make it a short bed how difficult would that be to do  

John Gilbert John Gilbert
Guru | Posts: 1148 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 05/19/08
07:38 AM

Read all about it in Dakota Wentz's "Project Get Shorty" in the pages of Custom Classic Trucks, or Google it, and it should come up on our archives right here on Custom Classic Trucks' website.  

DakotaW DakotaW
New User | Posts: 13 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 05/19/08
02:42 PM

As far as the chassis stuff goes its super easy. one thing to think about though is if you plan on shortening the long bed on your truck or buying an aftermarket short bed kit.  

since1903 since1903
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/08
Posted: 07/22/08
09:52 PM

I actually did this with a 68 several years ago.  I found it easiest to do as a frame-off type thing.  As long as you have the proper tools, some fish plates to use to weld inside the frame and some patience, it is relatively easy.

Make sure that when you cut the frame, you don't cut straight down - you should cut at an angle or a zig-zag.  That will help to strengthen the joint.  Make sure you measure precisely and scribe on the frame before you cut.  Use those scribes as reference points to make sure you get the frame back in tolerance.  If it is more than 1/8" out of square, it won't track properly and you will always hate yourself for cutting the truck up.

I hope this helps.  

John Gilbert John Gilbert
Guru | Posts: 1148 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 07/23/08
12:39 PM

That's good advice, thanks '03!  

werkingman53 werkingman53
New User | Posts: 8 | Joined: 09/08
Posted: 09/04/08
09:11 AM

i think cct did this in an tech awhile back or maybe the other mag did just make sure you have your new bed first as they r pretty hard to find  

John Gilbert John Gilbert
Guru | Posts: 1148 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 09/04/08
01:29 PM

You're right we did it here at CCT. Look in the Tech section, We've done about 13 stories so far, and most of 'em are here on CCT's website.  

Damian7 Damian7
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 11/08
Posted: 11/11/08
12:24 AM

Hey man my names Damian im from Saskatchewan an I studied all your stuff I have a 67 c/10 I did every thing you said and it turned out great but I was wondering how far did you bring your trailing arm crossmember back?  

BradleyNew BradleyNew
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 03/09
Posted: 03/19/09
12:16 PM

Hello All.  I am new to this Form and had a question that I was hoping someone could answer.  I have a 71 C-20 long bed, and like many others, am looking to go the short bed route.  All the research that I have done shows pictures of coils and trailing arms on the rear suspension.  I have leaf springs in the rear.  Is this still possible to tackle with the suggested 8" to be cut off the rear of the frame, and 12" from behind the cab?  Is this easier?  Are there any un-foreseen problems that I am getting myself into with this difference in the build?  Thanks a lot!
         Bradley.  

John Gilbert John Gilbert
Guru | Posts: 1148 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 03/19/09
05:21 PM

Are you planning on leaving it a 3/4 ton?  

BradleyNew BradleyNew
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 03/09
Posted: 03/20/09
06:43 AM

I am indifferent to that right now.  I am just looking for the cheapest route to go for the time being.  There are new, longer, leaf-spring hangers that I have found that will lower the rear end to level it out, which is all I am looking for in the rear.  I am just curious if I can attack this build the same way that others with coils and trailing arms have.  

John Gilbert John Gilbert
Guru | Posts: 1148 | Joined: 08/06
Posted: 03/20/09
08:04 AM

The frame is shortened the same exact way no matter if it has trailing-arms, or leaf springs. Its a box then you hang rear suspension on it.  

BradleyNew BradleyNew
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 03/09
Posted: 03/20/09
08:19 AM

Good to hear!  Thank you much!  

Thespecialist Thespecialist
Enthusiast | Posts: 358 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 03/21/09
12:05 PM

Hey there is a candidate for that acticle. When it rans it POURS or it that PAWS or is the PORES................or is that TOMATO or TO..MART..TO......................or  POTATO  or  PO..TART..O.........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Robert Kowis Robert Kowis
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 11/13
Posted: 11/24/13
02:20 PM

I have a Cheyenne Supper 1972 c/10 truck long wheel base.I want to make it short base truck. If someone would give me the exact instructions measurances and what else you think might help. Please show this info. on cutting my old bed and frame.I would appreciate your help. Thank you.  

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