On the other hand,
there seems to be an ample supply of longbed models floating around, and many
savvy hot rodders are building the truck of their dreams by acquiring a longbed
and shortening the chassis. Now this seems like a giant undertaking, but truck
frames are shortened and lengthened everyday to accommodate different
applications in the big truck industry. The same techniques can be applied to
the light truck market with great results.
Loyal readers have been
following along as Early Classic Enterprises has converted a 1971 C-20 ¾-ton
truck using their new C-10 conversion spindles and rear air- suspension kit. Now
with the suspension finished, it's time to shorten the frame and make this
longbed truck about 20 inches shorter than the factory made it.
1: The '60-'72
GM light truck series had several wheelbase options. The two most popular are
the (115-inch) shortbed and the (127-inch) longbed. Over the years, many longbed
chassis' have been shortened, and the process isn't that complicated. Shown
here are two bare frame examples. You can see that the length is different.
Also, the location of the various crossmembers aren't the