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Crew Cab Shortbed

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by az-k5, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. az-k5

    az-k5 1/2 ton status

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    Does any one here have this truck or pictures of one:
    A 1973-1988 GM Crew Cab Shortbed. I know it does not exsist. We (my dad and I) are currently building one as a tow rig. I was just wanting to see some picture or find somebody with something similar. We have a 1978 crewcab long bed we cut down to fit a shortbed. Got a 1987 front clip, power windows, 454/forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif-700R4-NP208- 14bolt-SF /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif Dana 60/forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif (he won't let me have the 60 for my K5/forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif, but that's another story).

    Hoping to find another one like ours.
     
  2. K5DRAGER

    K5DRAGER 1/2 ton status

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    There was one on ebay a few months back. It was converted to a short bed and had a 40 gal suburban tank in it and had the suburban fuel door and attaching parts mounted just behind the passenger side rear wheel well just like the suburbans do. It looked like a clean conversion. I sure wish I would have kept pics of it. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif As far as a tow rig I'm not sure if you want to put in a 700r4 or a 14 bolt sf, but that all depends on how much your towing. Not sure how much experience you have and am not trying to tell ya what to do... just a heads up. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. Drey

    Drey 3/4 ton status

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    A body shop back home has one of those lifted and on 36" swampers Ill try to get a pic sometime
     
  4. tomseviltwin

    tomseviltwin 1/2 ton status

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    Not mine but I like it alot.
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  5. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    That doesn't look right...you need to use a full sized shortbox IMO.
     
  6. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    yeah, that bed looks like one of those goofy crew cab SB toyota or nissan things with the back tires about touching the cab. I have a picture of one right in front of me! 1990 crew cab SB with a pumped tbi454 with a nice 700R4,60,14FF, 8" lift with some 35's and alcoas,cowl hood,tinted windows, custom flame paint job...it's sweet! wants 19,500K for it though.
     
  7. azblazor

    azblazor 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    We (my son #1 is directing the buildup from IRAQ - my younger son and I are doing the basic work) and I) are putting a crewcab on a M1008 frame. It is getting a 6.5TD/4l80E. It has a D70 dually rear and a D60 dually front to run hummer rims. We aren't sure on the bed yet. May go flat bed or cut down a long bed to fit.
     
  8. chubbybob

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    Not mine but I like it alot.
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    that thing is baddass very clean job it looks like they used a regular cab long bed and made everything fit. good job to who ever built that.
     
  9. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    So, how are you dealing with the frame slope in the cab area? Are you channeling the rear cab section down over the frame?
     
  10. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    There is another user here that has one of these trucks but I can't remember his user name.

    Here is a pic of the truck (3+3 cab on a LWB frame)

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    His Webshots Page

    Edit: Thanks to Fubeca for the resize help!
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Wow, sorry for the huge pic. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif It's linked from another site otherwise I'd try to resize it. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
  12. BOWTIE

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    this is how i would try to do it
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    or if it's still too long
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    i like the first one best /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    the dealership here in town has a body shop convert thers for them. i never saw it on 80 something body style ,b/c i was to young to care. i have seen the latest two styles and they use a full size short box looks good i think.
     
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    whats wrong with a crewcab longbed?
     
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    So, how are you dealing with the frame slope in the cab area? Are you channeling the rear cab section down over the frame?

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    We just finalized the major components this week. Brought the crew cab home last weekend. I have a 1200 sqft slab going down before the end of November. After that we get to town on it. What's this slope thing? I'm not gonna channel the cab. Are you saying we would need to lift the front clip and cab to clear it over the frame on a K30?
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    IIRC, the crew cab frames are straight under the cab and roll up and over the axle behind the cab. The K30 std cab lwb frames have the frame taper going under the seats of the standard cab. I think the crew cab rear floors will hit the frame rails of the std lwb frame. Probably better off with a Sub frame...
     
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    Reasoning for our parts choice.
    14b sf = easy brake work
    700R4 = easy on RPM while going to Rocky Point, not towing.
    Dana 60 front = just to piss me off /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
    Short bed = give the illusion you can park it.
    6" BDS lift = clear 35-14-16 Nittos.
    35-14-16 Nittos = hope it won't sink as quickly in sand.

    This truck is being built as a daily driver for my mom /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif We plan to use it for camping, hunting, and general purpose recreation. It will only regularly tow a 16ft single axle camp trailor. But does need to get down some muddy forest roads to find fire wood, We cut our own for the year 1.5 cords (sp). Hopefully it will tow my K5 to Moab next year. I'll post some before and current pics soon.

    Thanx for the feedback
     
  18. kennyw

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    454-700R4-NP208-14bolt SF

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    I see a broken tranny and rear axle in your future /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif But that will depend on what you are going to tow and how hard you drive it.
     
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    Here is one a local shop is raffling off.

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    Now THAT is THE BEST attempt at a crew cab shortbed I've seen! That almost looks factory, if you didnt know any better. Any idea on the specs of that truck?
    Just out of curiousity /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif what are the raffle details?
     

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