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60-66 long box vs short box
#1308762 Sun Apr 28 2019 12:10 AM
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Is it possible to modify a long box to a short box or is it worth it as one can buy all the new parts to build a short box. Thanks for any info

Re: 60-66 long box vs short box
Chevron #1308769 Sun Apr 28 2019 01:32 AM
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Yes, possible and cheaper if DIY.....but VIN won't match. New buyer will have to accept the clone. Can't buy "all" new parts. Frame has to be shortened also. No "new" factory correct frames that I know of.
New bed sides $1450. DIY $0.

"Worth it" does not have one meaning. Money or time? Value when cloned? Having a shop do it one way or the other? Many times it's better to sell the long bed truck and buy a short bed truck.


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Re: 60-66 long box vs short box
Chevron #1308939 Mon Apr 29 2019 04:34 PM
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The greatest teacher failure is.
You’d better be up to par with welding skills if you’re cutting a long box into a short box.


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Re: 60-66 long box vs short box
bartamos #1309010 Tue Apr 30 2019 03:28 AM
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I have a short box frame. I meant all the parts for short box,sorry. Have a shop and have retired old school bodyman that still likes to work. Yes the VIN will be a process but I plan on keeping truck,thanks

Re: 60-66 long box vs short box
Chevron #1309018 Tue Apr 30 2019 04:25 AM
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Chevron,
I will very likely be doing a similar thing to my 70 C10. I’m going to cut the frame down into a short box. Like you, it’s not for sale. Ever. So no worries there.youve already got a short frame, so you’re set there. The frame modification does not worry me much but...

I will not be attempting to modify the box sides. The amount of work for a novice metal worker and skill needed to make it right is very intimidating. I will not be undertaking this task. I will be sourcing shortbox sides from a vendor. The time, skill, frustration, and likeihood of ruining a perfectly fine long box is simply to high for this cat. I’m buying. And this is coming from a guy who has built 2 AD boxes.


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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
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1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

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1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 60-66 long box vs short box
Chevron #1309065 Tue Apr 30 2019 07:01 PM
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With a short bed frame, your job is a whole lot easier than I thought.

There are a lot of good pics and videos on cutting the bed sides. There are also kits to shorten a frame, sold by reputable companies. Templates, plates, brake line, parking brake cables, etc. Here

I am no more skilled than the next guy but I don't consider shortening a bed side very intimidating. You just cut a section out and put is back together. Good measuring, straight angle grinder cuts and weld it. You don't disturb the header or the tailgate areas.
There will still be three stake pockets. That issue is up to the owner. Leave the center one or fill it.


I'm away on an ego trip. Will be back on Feb 30.
I'm not an Auto Mechanic, but I play one on TV.
I charge $0.02 for every opinion and I take Paypal.
Plan B is always better than plan A, by definition.


Re: 60-66 long box vs short box
Chevron #1312944 Mon Jun 03 2019 01:23 AM
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Ive seen a pretty complete and detailed kit LMC truck.com. Check em out . they seem to have a ton a stuff from on end to another. They also sell bed sides..


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