I am looking for a 64 to 66 chevy 2wd pick up and all I can find is long beds. So I was wondering if anybody has cut a bed down into a short bed and how much is really involved in doing so. Thanks for any advise I get.
You have to cut them at both ends so the wheel well is in the right position, it can be time consuming and you must be precise for ease of welding.
Longbed To Shortbed ConversionIve shortened numerous 1960-1972 chevy trucks as well as a few 50's & 60's stepside pick ups. I can shorten the bed and the frame of the truck. Once its done you can never tell it was ever a long bed. If you have a short bed "bed" you can save a few bucks by only getting the frame shortened. I shorten the frame of the truck in such a way where all of the structural integrity of the frame is maintained without any plating, boxing, or bracing. As well as it still looks like the original frame. Here is a picture of a converted 1972 chevy truck. The frame as well as the bed floor and sides were converted. Yes the bed sides were originally longbed sides. The long bed sides and bed floor were cut and re-welded back together, I have done quite a few of these year pick ups. I have more photos at www.adamskustoms.com
"Trucks" tv show on Spike did a detailed how to bed and frame shortening on this exact truck. I think it aired about a year and half ago and was I believe it was done over two episodes. THE SPECIALIST is correct it is fairly time consuming and takes above average fabrication skills. I suggest you try and get archived dvd of the show through Spike or work with an experienced fabricator. There is a considerable safety factor whenever you cut the frame.
Custom Classics Truck magazine did a great step by step article with lots of photos of that conversion. It's in their July 2007 edition. I'm going to tackling the same job myself. You don't by any chance live in the Phoenix area do you?