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1953 bed on a 54 frame
#1386679 Tue Dec 01 2020 09:17 AM
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Will a 53 bed fit on my 54 3100 frame? Just can’t seem to find the answer. HELP. Please

Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1386680 Tue Dec 01 2020 10:32 AM
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Nope- - - -the 54 and early 55 frames have a flattened area under the bed instead of the high arch over the rear axle that the 53 and earlier trucks have, so the shape of the bed and the mounting brackets are different.
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Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1386681 Tue Dec 01 2020 11:35 AM
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Will it fit---No. Can you do it---yes, IF you have the tools and skill. Have done several (all 55 1st series) for ones that like the shallow bed with angled top rails. Usually done in conjunction with the 47-53 front sheet metal which gives an earlier look with a one piece curved windshield cab. If you have access to a drive on lift with an overhead chain hoist then it is not a difficult swap. Just suspend the bed in the correct position, where running board to bed bottom filler panel fits, and make custom blocks between the bed cross members and frame rails. This has to be done EVERY TIME on an S10 or other chassis swap. Fortunately the swap kit suppliers have dumbed it down to where they are just drill and bolt installs.


Evan
Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
coilover #1386709 Tue Dec 01 2020 05:16 PM
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This is an often asked question. I have always thought the early bed will fit on the 54 frame with only re-drilling the front bed to frame holes and using the regular 53 wood mounting blocks. Although we built these beds for many years, we never actually installed this swap to the 54 frame. Measurements would indicate the swap is an easy one. What am I missing?

Mark

Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1386743 Tue Dec 01 2020 09:14 PM
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Got the lift got the hoist and time. We’re gonna see about the skill. I like the earlier beds just a preference. The truck will have 53 front clip and bed , just cab and frame are 54. Thanks for all the help . Pictures will come.

Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1386787 Wed Dec 02 2020 12:20 AM
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The truck I picked up this summer is a 54’. But the box is a 53’ style. I’m about to start working on this truck soon. I’ve wondered ever since I got it if this was original or not. From the paint color under the topcoat color it’s the same between the cab and bed. So if it was changed it was done a long time ago. In looking at the door tag my 54’ does appear to be an early 54’. I know Chevy would use carryover over parts on other models and wondered if my truck had received a 53’ bed from the beginning. I’m sure once I get in to the truck more maybe I’ll be able to tell better.

Adam


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Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1386790 Wed Dec 02 2020 12:25 AM
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Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1386835 Wed Dec 02 2020 05:23 AM
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Tim has shown the reason I suggested custom mount blocks---to keep the bed to cab position of the bed the same. Picture is of an S10 frame swap with the tape line that puts the bed in the correct position in relation to the back window. Ones mounted lower look funny to me. Cypress mount blocks last forever.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/G87cRmBw/S10-032.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]


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Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1389495 Tue Dec 22 2020 11:57 PM
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I’m working with the techs at Mar K to put an early bed on a 54-55 AD frame they already have a kit to put a 54-55 on an early frame. They said that they have never had a request for early bed on a 54-55 frame.

Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1389497 Wed Dec 23 2020 12:45 AM
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Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1412416 Wed Jun 02 2021 08:17 PM
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They did and it’s Great. Only Co to use for all your bed needs.

Re: 1953 bed on a 54 frame
flattop49 #1413046 Tue Jun 08 2021 01:02 AM
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54 with older bed and front clip. You can tell by the large radius of windshield corner that it's one piece. Couldn't find a full frontal picture. We have done a lot of these conversions through the years. The chrome plated running board to bed filler panel is NOT my idea.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/S2L6zW2C/truck-roll-pans-clips-003.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]


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