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Frame swap

Discussion in 'Paint and Body' started by Wildwilly, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Wildwilly

    Wildwilly Junior Member

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    When I started i had an 86 2wd 1/2ton short box Sierra that is now 4x4 3/4 ton with regular length frame so I need to cut and shorten it so my box will fit but I'm not positive where to cut it out at. I think it's just behind the cab but not sure. I've got it all together other than putting the box on basically. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    First picture was when I bought the truck 15 years ago....second picture is what it is today.
     
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  2. TubeTruck

    TubeTruck I like anything fast enough to do something stupid

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    ugh, another one :suicide:
     
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    Tons of videos and threads on how to shorten a LWB to SWB.
     
  4. JoeR Jr

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    Welcome WildWilly! There is a ton of info on this subject posted here and most any truck forum. No shortage of youtube videos. They are easy to find.

    On a smart-aleky note: It's nice of you to build a truck for your wife. It seems the gals have trouble parking long beds. :):D:Big Laugh:

    (flame suit on)

    Joe
     
  5. HotRodPC

    HotRodPC Administrator Staff Member

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    Oklahoma Girls know how to park them long beds. The Jolly Ranchers seem to drive the shortbeds around here.
     
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    Are the Jolly Ranchers the wanna-be ranchers? If so, that's pretty funny.
     
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    HotRodPC Administrator Staff Member

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    Nope, Gay Cowboys.
     
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    My grandfather had the same ambition.. got as far as a short 90s chevy (tall tail lights, stepside, z71), wheels (nice alloy 15s), a transmission, a cab, seats, and body panels mostly painted. With the cab painted but outside in the weather for 20 years while body panels are in a shed unrusted and clean, nice beautiful blue and yellow. With a yellow cheyenne ornament hood to boot. Definitely hope to make use the cab, it needs work but it was mostly stripped before It got put outside. Whole 4x4 1/2 frame with trans. All sitting there. Waiting.
     
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    easy job! :)

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    Does the bolted plate serve as reinforcement once the weld is complete or does that get removed? I could see the bolts being an issue holding rust and dust, salt, lime, calcium, etc over the years and causing an issue down the road, unless the plate is welded around its perimeter.
     
  11. TPISly-C10

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    the "C" chanel is for adding strainthg so its bolted and then welded! :)

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