So what about converting a long bed to a short bed? Stay tuned as we show you how to do that and set up the suspension in an up and coming issue. In this photo you can see the difference between the stock long bed frame section on the left to the new frame section from No Limit on the right. We now have all the parts to build a complete Lwb-Swb kit. After we prepped the seam to accept the wire, we tacked the seam together first followed by a pass over the tacks to ensure a strong seam. However because of the low production runs, finding an affordable short bed model in good shape seems to be going the way of the dodo bird. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. .
Complete kit Includes Raised rail Kit, Fat Bar 4-link, Complete bed Sheet metal. Classic Industries makes things easy to ship, and or repair stock bed floors by manufacturing the steel bed floor in two pieces. Be sure to always wear your safety equipment to ensure safe operation when welding anything. We found that the simple way to install the rails was to locate the factory holes on the top and bottom of the stock frame just past the cab mount. Since the No Limit C-10 back half kit changes the geometry of the frame rails up by 4-inches, the stock bed floor will need to be raised up or a section will need to be cut out so that the bed will fit back into place. The good news is reproduction sheet metal is available from Classic Industries for these models, as well as a bolt on, back half frame kit from No Limit Engineering. Plus, the advantages of using Classic Industries sheet metal is no rust repair which means less body work that will save you so major time and a ton of money.
Then slide on one frame rail at a time and bolt them together. The precision cuts that this type of equipment makes is fascinating yet confusing as Rob swore to us that this piece really becomes a frame rail. The best part about using this combo is the difference in initial cost to purchase a rust free long bed, covert the frame to a short bed, and buy the reproduction sheet metal can save you some money and or end up with a cleaner truck in the long run if you were to look for a clean factory short bed. Next we unbolted the two bolts that hold the trailing arms in place to the trailing arm cross-member and rolled out the whole thing in one piece. You can use the 4-link kit or trailing arms with this.
We moved the chassis over to the assembly room and figured that the easiest way to remove the rear suspension was to drop the shocks, Panhard bar and the top spring plates that attach the springs to the frame. Purpose Built Cars since 1999 Complete Turn Key Builds Custom Fab and Chassis shop Dealer for Ridetech, Detroit Speed, Vintage Air, Billet Speacalties, Forgeline, Flamming River, No-Limit, SoffSeal, Classic Tube, Rushforth Wheels, Wilwood, American Autowire, BeCool, Moser Engineering, MotorState and many more. Next mark, clamp, and drill out the rest on the mounting holes that are indexed on the No Limit frame rail through the stock frame. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Here Tylor starts to assemble the bed by laying out the bed floor and taking some measures to get both pieces of the floor as square as possible before bolting on the bedsides. At the center of the bed both panels overlap forming a seam. Now this conversion might seem like a lot of hard work that involves heavy fabrication tools and or skills that many might not have.
With the rails off the truck slide each cross member in place on bolt them up. This has made short bed models worth more later on based by their limited production, and the desire to use them as daily transportation. You too can get your hands on the same kit shipped right to your front door with a click of a mouse. Run in the fasteners in to ensure that you get in tight fit then remove the rails to install the cross-members off the truck. In this photo we removed the bed floor to show you how the cross members and wheel tubs fit in place. This is a great new product from No-Limit it raises the bed floor 4 inches to get the truck nice and low. When they were first produced the need for a truck was to work out of or carry a camper in the bed, so most of the models made were long bed versions while the short bed numbers were few and far between.
You can convert a long bed to a short bed or use on a short bed to raise the rear rails. But where can you find the sheet metal for the short bed and what about the frame? Before we set the cab and the front end back on the truck, we installed a new set of Energy suspension frame mount bushings. Now you can compare an example of the piece that Rob cut using the laser table, to another rail that was cut and bend into a frame rail using the press brake. . . . .
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