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Exo...bed-off

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by nkldrgr, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. nkldrgr

    nkldrgr Registered Member

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    I want to pull the bed off my '71 long bed and tube-out the back. Good idea or bad idea??? Ideas anyone. I have some had drawn drafts, but no Cad. Anyone know of any pics out there? Interested to hear what cha think.
     
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    ntaj*ep 1/2 ton status

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    I would "back half" it if I were you, shorten it up and get rid of all that rear overhang.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Planet Earth doesn't need any more moon buggies...


    Seriously, if you're driving something as cool as an early 70's Chevy find a way to preserve the style of the truck, try not to just hack off the offending parts and throw them away.....

    What about building a rear cage within the existing bed (maybe shorten the bed as suggested?) and then widen and deepen the wheel tubs so that larger tires can stuff into them without a problem. Use the cage points to connect long travel shocks to the rear axle if that's your objective..... you know, stuff like that.

    I'm always a lot more impressed with a truck that still LOOKS like a truck after it's built. :usaflag:


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    HHHMMMMMMM, agreed. Maybe just bob the bed and do somesort of cage.
     
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    nkldrgr Registered Member

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    Yeah, I hate to hack the truck. I just don't know how to do a good job bobbing the bed. It seems like it'd be difficult to keep the body lines. Any suggestions? Should I start a new thread on how to bob the bed on an 70's pick-up? Anyone know what would be a great tubing bender for under a grand??? I am in the market. Thanks
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    ProTools M105 or M105HD or the JD2 benders are all good benders and would be WELL under a grand.

    The "cost" is in the dies for the bender. If you start collecting dies in various sizes (like I did) those can run you $200 ea., and that's where the cost really starts adding up. If you only want a single die and a bender, you're probably only in the $600 range delivered.

    http://www.pro-tools.com/105.htm

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