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1986 to 1996 stepside bed swap

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Old 02-15-2012, 01:14 PM
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1986 to 1996 stepside bed swap

I want to keep the conveniences and EFI of the 96, but retro style of the real stepside bed. Will the older stepside bed fit on the newer SWB truck?
 
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:38 PM
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My initial opinion would be yes but maybe someone else with personal experience will pipe up and verify that. I'd like to know also.
 
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Yes. Direct bolt on. You will just need to make sure it has the filler necks where you need them
 
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Sounds great. My truck was recently totaled and I am considering what to replace it with. Once I get the 95-96 short bed, I can work toward the stepside. If anyone has done this, I would love to see pictures.
 
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I had a '77 step-side, liked it's looks a lot. I have a flatbed to go on the '94 4x4 I bought last weekend. or at least that's my plans at the moment.

 
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Sadly...my 1987 stepside just got hit in a snow storm...i CANNOT find another 1987 stepside bed for sale...HOWEVER I did find a spotless 1986 step side bed for sell!! Only difference I can see is the wheel wells on the 86 are square and the 87's are more rounded! My question is will this bed bolt up to my 87 or will their be issues? I'm supposed to let the guy know on Friday (tomorrow) if I want to purchase his bed!! Please advise! Thanks in advance
 
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Originally Posted by WESTWOOD303 View Post
Sadly...my 1987 stepside just got hit in a snow storm...i CANNOT find another 1987 stepside bed for sale...HOWEVER I did find a spotless 1986 step side bed for sell!! Only difference I can see is the wheel wells on the 86 are square and the 87's are more rounded! My question is will this bed bolt up to my 87 or will their be issues? I'm supposed to let the guy know on Friday (tomorrow) if I want to purchase his bed!! Please advise! Thanks in advance
That is ONLY difference between an 86 and 87 bed. Just the fiberglass fenders.

You could also look for a 92-97 flare side bed too
 
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And just to keep terms and brands straight, step side is the Chevy name, flare side is the Ford name. Both mean fenders on the outside of a narrow bed.
 
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