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Bed Shortening

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Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:40 pm

i still need tado something about a bed for THE CHOP. my first try didnt work out verry good so i used the green bed for a test bed
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did some measuring,got a couple blades for my skill saw and off i went
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head board welded in
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the angle iron i used for a guide moved and i didnt know it :pissedoff: big gap
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need to fill in each corner in the back
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bout 49 1/2 long
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i didnt have the ranger cab on the B2 frame when i shortened the green bed and it come out to short
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby phatdaddy » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:15 am

did u use a mig or a tig on the body
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:19 am

mig
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby soushoreguy » Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:46 pm

that looks awesome dave :icon_thumby:
I'm a 2wheel kind of guy now...

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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:04 am

ranger cab on the B2 frame. then maybe use the whole rear quarters from the B2 on the ranger bed. cause the wheel wells are wider on the B2. but thats a maybe
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:06 am

thinks its 3/4in each side. the rear axel is also wider than a ranger one
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby 04sd » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:43 pm

I knew the Ranger axle wasn't as wide but I really thought the fender width was the same between the Ranger and BII. The problem with using a BII qtr to build a bed is that you need to weld the bed rails on all along the top like I did on my chop. I think the way you did this practice bed is the way to go and the way I'll do it if I decide on doing it. Right now I'm leaning towards just going with the standard bed to get this truck on the road for my daughter to drive. Maybe I'll look for another good bed to play with after the truck is done and then swap it out at a later date.
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:48 pm

heres a ranger cab/bed on a B2 frame, BUT they didnt shorten the rear (they did shorten the front of the bed)they added on the the B2 frame for the bumpa

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it just doesnt look right
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby 04sd » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:57 pm

With the 2 door Ex there's more frame behind the axle than on a BII, there had to be to get the spare tire under there like on a Ranger. I haven't measured so I'm not sure if it's the same as the Ranger but should be pretty close. The nice thing about using the Ex chassis is it comes with the heavier axles and 4.0. Plus I got one with 3.73 posi, less than 100K, and almost no rust on the frame, not even surface rust. Swapping in the complete dash and wiring harness should make it pretty simple.
Oh, thanks for the BII/Ranger cab pic, had never seen one before. Not sure I like the look though. I took printed out photos and cut out the 5.8" (about the width of the gas fillerlid) and it looks good. I think a lot of people will just think it's a factory shortbed.
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:12 pm

this is the last time. this bed happens to be a long bed
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:21 pm

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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:38 pm

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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:23 pm

today was welding day :icon_welder:
took the head board off and cleaned it up
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cut off the excess material but left it a little long
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welded the headboard in and ground down the welds
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and started on the back side
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still have this side tado
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the floor is 52in long
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:yahoo: :icon_cheers: :icon_thumby:
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:32 pm

04sd wrote:Looks good.

My bed is cut and welded, still need to do the bondo work though. I'll need to get some pictures when I get a chance. I also had to move the gas filler from the front to the back.



lets see um. we put the gas tank door in today. forgot my camera :dunno:
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby 04sd » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:03 pm

I usually forget to take pictures. I wasn't even planning on working on the bed one day but my son was helping out and before I knew it it was cut and tack welded together. No pictures of it in pieces. I cut the bed about 3/4" back from the front edge and butt welded it. I thought about doing it like you did but was afraid I wouldn't get a nice round edge. I only cut the front of the bed, the rear matches up nice with the frame. If I would cut 6" off the rear I'd have to lose the spare tire mounted underneath.
This past weekend I finished up the wiring to get the engine running. Lots of little things that are different and need mods when you put a 2nd gen dash and wiring into a pre-efi 1st gen.
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:21 pm

thats gonna be cool :icon_thumby: whats the thingy bolted to the rear of the frame just above the two holes in the frame
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby 04sd » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:24 pm

The two holes on the side, and the two top, are for the class III trailer hitch. They're factory holes. I just bolted a plate on the top to extend inward, with a spacer block, to catch the bed mounting holes. The Ex frame is wider in the back than the Ranger. I could of run something all the way across like I did in the front but the spare tire winch is in there and I'm using it. The hole thing worked out very well. I'm even using the Ex rear bumper with the ends trimmed. I had to extend the bumper brackets, 2" back and 3/4" up. The 3/4" up is because I put 3/4" of body lift in it when I mounted the cab, just thought it would give a little extra clearance around the engine and was also worried about the rear shocks upper mount clearing the bed floor.
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:33 pm

oh ya. you wouldnt happen to have a set of pedals(clutch and brake) for a 89/90 B2 or 90/92 ranger or i think 1st gen X
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby 04sd » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:58 pm

No, everything I've had has been auto except this '84 when I got it. If it was just me driving it this '84 would be a 4.0/5spd but the wife/daughter won out :) I could've had an Ex with a 5 spd for $50 over scrap value but passed because of it. I almost bought it just to save the 5 spd, clutch, pedals, etc., but just didn't have the time, and even back then my back was hurtin me.
I'm still looking for a manual 1354 for this '84 but for now the electric case is working.
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:37 pm

k,thanks
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:41 pm

brought the other half of stubby home today. still have alot of work tado to it,but thats ok

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and picked up another good bed :icon_thumby: thanks Harv

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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sun May 01, 2011 4:25 pm

i HATE RUST :pissedoff: :flipoff: so stubbys new bed had some rust up over the rear wheels. so im gonna fix it. there is 2 reasons why i went this route, 1 is to fix the rust,whats the other??

these are the sides off my 88 B2
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Re: Bed Shortening

Postby Dave » Sat May 07, 2011 6:06 pm

while it stopped raining i got somepin done :icon_welder:

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