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Offline Chevynut73

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Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« on: January 24, 2023, 07:48:16 AM »
Got a '73 C10 long bed and have seen some folks do the frame cut bolt/weld back together to make it a short bed.
Found on the Brothers Truck Parts site a kit to help with this.
 
Please share any experience or ideas on this.

Thanks
'73 Chevy C10, 350, TH350, was a long Fleetside, now she's a short Stepper that's under construction (been in the Family since 1972).

Would rather push a CHEVY than drive a Furd

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2023, 08:07:26 AM »
Never done it, but I'm in for pics!  :D
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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2023, 07:16:34 PM »
Several posts about this http://www.73-87chevytrucks.com/lwb_to_swb.htm but some fair warning:

1) are you a good welder?

2) do you have a good welder?

If not do not even think about doing this yourself.  I prefer the offset staggered cuts as opposed to a straight cut. To me it provides a better spread across the grain rather than a single point wich could stress crack. I did a write up on it but it got photobucket bombed and all of the images were lost.
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Offline Scott91370

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2023, 10:45:00 AM »
Email James at jimboschoppers@yahoo.com
He has kits for this.

Offline Chevynut73

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2023, 06:31:04 PM »
Several posts about this http://www.73-87chevytrucks.com/lwb_to_swb.htm but some fair warning:

1) are you a good welder?

2) do you have a good welder?

If not do not even think about doing this yourself.  I prefer the offset staggered cuts as opposed to a straight cut. To me it provides a better spread across the grain rather than a single point wich could stress crack. I did a write up on it but it got photobucket bombed and all of the images were lost.


Yes, my neighbor is a very good welder.

And the Truck has long been retired - no more working her with heavy loads  :)

Thanks
'73 Chevy C10, 350, TH350, was a long Fleetside, now she's a short Stepper that's under construction (been in the Family since 1972).

Would rather push a CHEVY than drive a Furd

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2023, 12:35:15 PM »
You're in for it NOW!  ;D
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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2023, 08:17:55 PM »
Got the kit shipped to me - hope to start this project in a couple of weeks.
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Would rather push a CHEVY than drive a Furd

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2023, 09:22:36 AM »
Still watching......and waiting...... ;D
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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2023, 06:34:18 AM »
We did the cut/ bolt up/ weld up yesterday.

Now she's a shorty  ;D

Don't know how to get photos on here though?
'73 Chevy C10, 350, TH350, was a long Fleetside, now she's a short Stepper that's under construction (been in the Family since 1972).

Would rather push a CHEVY than drive a Furd

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2023, 08:23:57 AM »
Look on this site for software called PIXresizer.
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1973 C-20, 3+3 454 4BBL TH400  Water Injection
1978 K-10, 350 4BBL TH350 NP203 M.M. Part time Kit/Hubs
1980 C-10 under construction

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Re: Frame Shorting (Long to Short) ?
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2023, 12:26:42 PM »
We did the cut/ bolt up/ weld up yesterday.

Now she's a shorty  ;D

Don't know how to get photos on here though?
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87 R30 3+3 Longbed (days of yore)

98 C2500 ext cab longbed