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Shorten a 1 ton
#1428018 Tue Oct 26 2021 12:33 PM
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'Bolter
Has anyone on here shortened a 1 ton. I am looking at a 1 ton with a 9 foot bed. I understand the sheet metal of the box but is there a logical place to shorten the frame? How much did you shorten it? What did you do about drive shaft?


Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100
Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428021 Tue Oct 26 2021 01:16 PM
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Hy dgrinnan, what would you like to end up with? Do you want to shorten the wheelbase of the truck, or just install a shorter pickup box or deck?

Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428023 Tue Oct 26 2021 02:10 PM
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Do not cut the 9ft bed. They are rare as hens teeth. Find a long/short bed to mount on your shortened frame and sell the 9 footer to someone doing a restore.


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Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428024 Tue Oct 26 2021 02:13 PM
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'Bolter
If I am able to obtain the truck I would initially not do anything to the bed. Just thinking out loud.


Dave from Northern Kentucky
My 54 3100
Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428034 Tue Oct 26 2021 03:10 PM
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Posts: 194
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'Bolter
Though you didn't mention a year, the 55-9 frames lose their length between the front and rear cab mounts, though the link is for long and short beds, not one ton per se. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP27Li7-8rI

Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428098 Tue Oct 26 2021 11:52 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Why shorten a 1-ton? They are *way* cooler than 1/2-tons wink

Just sayin'

wink


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Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428110 Wed Oct 27 2021 01:25 AM
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'Bolter
Hear! Hear!

Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428122 Wed Oct 27 2021 02:23 AM
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'Bolter
I'll be interested in the bedsides, running boards, and aprons if you decide to do something like that. Please don't cut those up. I'll drive to KY from FL for those parts


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Now looking for a decent '47-'55.1 3100, 3600, or 3800
Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428411 Fri Oct 29 2021 07:46 PM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Dave -- Were we successful in preventing you from doing something very regrettable?

I think the reason no one 'fessed up to shortening a 1-ton is that they know the rest of us would pummel them if they did. Besides, were you to sell a set of original, good condition (restoreable) 1-ton bed parts, you could probably make enough to buy excellent new and US made parts from Mar K or others for a 1/2ton bed.


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Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428418 Fri Oct 29 2021 08:14 PM
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Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428427 Fri Oct 29 2021 09:30 PM
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Sell it. Dont shorten it. As all else said, it dam near a crime..... nono

Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428428 Fri Oct 29 2021 09:34 PM
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Heck sell the whole truck, or dont buy it if you haven't bought it already. Buy what your after, dont ruin a truck designed to be a truck. Many of us would love to have, and use it as designed. Got any pics?

Last edited by glenns towing; Fri Oct 29 2021 09:36 PM.
Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428599 Sun Oct 31 2021 05:32 AM
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59 Apache 3100
I agree don't cut it. I'd build a cab over camper on a chassis like that, I think that would be cool dance

Re: Shorten a 1 ton
dgrinnan #1428860 Tue Nov 02 2021 02:28 AM
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'Bolter
First off, it's your truck do what you want to it.

Anyhow, The 3800 truck frame is flat on top, there's no rear axle arch. Once you figure out where you want your axle, you could just whack the end of the frame off.

If you're wanting a shorter, lower truck, the 3800 probably isn't the best option to start with. You would need to c notch the frame in the rear. As far as the front goes, the 3800 is quite a bit different than the 3100 or 3600 trucks, so lowering may be an issue. A new chassis, or find someone parting out a 3100 may be the way to go.


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