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Username Post: going from long bed to short bed        (Topic#368190)
likearock68 
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04-17-22 12:05 PM - Post#2839926    

I recently purchased a 68 c-10 long bed and have been thinking about converting it to a shortie.
I have no experience welding so not sure if I want to tackle it, and if it is worth doing it. I would like to hear other thoughts on this.



 


wagonman100 
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04-17-22 01:48 PM - Post#2839932    
    In response to likearock68

They sell kits that bolt in during the conversion and then you can take it to someone to weld it in permanently afterward. It’s not all that much welding so it wouldn’t cost much.

Jay
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bobb 
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04-17-22 04:42 PM - Post#2839939    
    In response to likearock68

you better make real sure the guy welding it knows what he is doing and has experience doing frame welding. once its hacked it will cost way more to get it fixed. and thats if, someone else will even do it. dont believe anyone who says they can do it without proof. better make sure your local laws will allow this type of mod.

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likearock68 
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04-18-22 05:58 AM - Post#2839981    
    In response to bobb

So maybe it's not worth the trouble.



 
bobb 
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04-18-22 08:09 AM - Post#2839996    
    In response to likearock68

only you can determine that.

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64ss409 
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04-18-22 11:22 AM - Post#2840007    
    In response to likearock68

The frame will have to be shortened to short wheel base specs in front of the axle. And some cut off behind the axle. The drive shaft will have to be shortened. I'm not sure what you will have to do with e-brake cables and brake lines. Wiring of course. All something to consider.
Ron

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Bad56Sedan 
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04-18-22 09:09 PM - Post#2840025    
    In response to likearock68

I would not hesitate to convert it to short wheel base.
The weld needed is doable even for the amateur,
Buy the best bracket kit you can afford.





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Edited by Bad56Sedan on 04-18-22 09:13 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
bobb 
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04-19-22 10:43 PM - Post#2840073    
    In response to Bad56Sedan

i have seen what amateurs do when trying to weld. it aint pretty and they do not weld much more than filler in my shop.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
doubleE 
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05-17-22 01:50 PM - Post#2841359    
    In response to bobb

Visit You Tube and search for "shortening a long bed to short". There are several videos on doing this, both with using bracket kits (with complete instructions) and do-it yourself methods. The kits make this project a piece of cake
Eric


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shortstepside67 
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06-04-22 03:31 AM - Post#2842280    
    In response to likearock68

i just finished shortening my 67 c20 using the system from brother truck and found the only difference between c10 and 20 was rear cab mount was left out of the templet once i got done my buddy and i welded it and it measures out fine it took 2 days cause we both work but 5 hours total time and it looks great check out there vid's on youtube good luck



 
likearock68 
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06-13-22 03:05 PM - Post#2842870    
    In response to shortstepside67

I guess the real question is if everything was done right would it increase the value of the truck?
or would a would-be buyer be hesitant because it's not a factory shortie? Even if everything was done up to snuff so to speak.



 
Keith Seymore 
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08-04-22 05:52 AM - Post#2845423    
    In response to likearock68

  • likearock68 Said:
I guess the real question is if everything was done right would it increase the value of the truck?
or would a would-be buyer be hesitant because it's not a factory shortie? Even if everything was done up to snuff so to speak.



My opinion would be that it would decrease the value.

There are short bed enthusiasts that prefer factory short beds. There are long bed enthusiasts that prefer factory long beds.

But I don't think there is a segment of buyers that prefer trucks that have been cut down. Those buyers are making a compromise.

In the end - "there is an a$$ for every seat" as the saying goes, but the price has to be set accordingly.

K


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Edited by Keith Seymore on 08-04-22 05:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
BigDogSS 
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08-09-22 02:30 PM - Post#2845672    
    In response to likearock68

I would say it would increase the value. MOST C/10 buyers prefer shortbeds. That is why they make kits to convert long-to-short beds and not the other way around.

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