Just to be clear, when we are talking about the Advance Design series, there is no such thing as a "Long" bed or a "short" bed. 3804's came with a 9-foot bed. It is neither "long" nor "short" it is simply the 1-ton bed, with 4 stake pockets on each side.
And yes, it is WAY cooler than the 6-foot beds. I have done extensive research on this. What's not to warm up to?? 1-ton owners/drivers are universally regarded as the he-man stud muffins of the Stovebolt Universe and are skilled and talented at just about everything, ruggedly handsome with old-school charm, good dancers and fabulous bass fishermen.
Children feel safe around us, women swoon at our approach and powerful men seek our advice.
But wait, you ask. Aren't *you* also a 1-ton owner??
Yes, this is true. I *do* own a '49 3804. But that fact is entirely irrelevant as my study was done scientifically with blind studies, random sampling all to the highest professional standards, I assure you. I even reviewed the data myself.
So be proud of your exalted status as a 1-ton owner. You are above most others (by a few inches -- you'll see when you park next to a 1/2-ton