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Old 12-25-2012, 08:30 AM
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That nice straight rust free(looks rust free) 8 ft bed would bring a pretty penny over here in the east.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:59 AM
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If you dont know how to weld, the making a 2wd into a 4wd is A LOT easier.

It is a matter of unbolting the 2wd front end and bolting in a 4wd. Then swap the 2wd trans for a 4wd one and bolting on a t-case. It can be done in a weekend
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I'd just leave the frame alone. Cutting it would be too much of a pain in the rearend. Just find you a good longbed and drop it on. Plus cutting and welding together a shorter frame weakens it and lowers the capabilities of the truck.
Can't argue the hassle of getting it right and proper reinforcement, but if again done correctly, the weight capability does not change. Semis and straight trucks get frame modifications done all the time, but the key is doing it right. Just cut and splice is not getting it right. You have to fishplate at a minimum. The biggest and most important factor is keeping it straight. If you don't get it back together right, you will make a permanent dogtracker.
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Off Topic: This thread makes me want to build a Longbed flareside in this year model.

Would have to find a 8' flareside Bed from a 1973-1979, and put 1980-1987 tailgate, and 1980-1986 fenders on it. Or fabricate the bedsides to length. Would make people look twice at the vehicle, and have a cool factor of +10 to me.

If you wanted a Flareside and that's the reason why you want a short bed, AKA, the Red F-350 that the frame was shortened above, that would solve that problem without as much hassle.
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You want a head tuner, make something like this.




Saw this for sale a year or so ago, saved all the pics, found it so cool.

1988 F350 4x4 Diesel, reg cab long bed, frame shorten, home made step side bed.
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Saw this for sale a year or so ago, saved all the pics, found it so cool.

1988 F350 4x4 Diesel, reg cab long bed, frame shorten, home made step side bed.
That had to ride AWESOME
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That would definately make me look twice...
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Could you find a single cab short bed f150 frame an put the F350 axles under? Or no?
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Could you find a single cab short bed f150 frame an put the F350 axles under? Or no?
F150 has coil springs and no provisions for the leaf springs
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