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shortening frame

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 79k20, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. 79k20

    79k20 1/2 ton status

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    I want to shorten my frame from a long bed to a short bed. I see all kinds of trucks that have had their frames shortened, but is it safe? What kind of shop could do it?
     
  2. u2slow

    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    My crewcab was chopped down by the logging company that used to own it. Looks like the frame was butt-welded, and then a plate welded on over top. The seam is right behind the cab. Say goodbye to your 20-gallon saddle tanks.

    My boss had a 1-ton frame spliced by a buddy of his that's a certified welder. (Welds cranes for a living) Truck went for inspection, and when they found out the welding was done by a certified pro with a proper receipt, no problems. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. ben427

    ben427 1/2 ton status

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    when i did my 72, i just slid the spring hangars ahead on the frame and lopped the excess of the back. The shackle hangar goes up on the hump a little bit, but i have a shackle flip so it made the pinion angle perfect. The hardest part is drilling all the holes.
     

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