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Short bed &0- 75 trucks

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ihfreak

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Curious as to how rare short bed trucks are. I live in Tennessee and have never seen a fleetside short bed truck here. My first glimpse was at the Scout Nationals last year. I am hooked and have to have one. Only interested in the 70 to 75 pickups
 
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J.J.

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Pretty rare I would say. Lots of long beds in this era.

The older C seris you could get three different bed lengths, and IH would build you whatever you wanted :D

I too am into the 69-75 era.

JJ in TN
 

red350

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I'm with ihfreak on this one, I would love to see some production numbers on the 69-75 short beds. Anybody know where to find these numbers? I know I've got two looks like JJ has one or more, would love to see who else has one. :clap:
 

J.J.

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Ill have to check the Fred Crimson book, IH was kinda light in reporting the production numbers, I am not sure if it breaks down short vs long or not?? :confused:

Actually, I would like to enjoy a shortbed, but all of mine are long.

JJ in TN
 

74binder

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My quest for a short bed hasn't been easy. Either the beds are too far away or they sell before I can afford to buy them.

In an effort to own a short bed truck, I started with a Travelall frame and have moved the mounting points for the rear suspension and frame cross-members forward 4". All of the mounting holes are already present in the frame.

If a usable short bed can't be found, my Father-In-Law and I have plans to cut down a long box fleetside bed that I have. Maybe that will work.

I think I'd be happy with either a step side or fleetside bed. They both look good to me.

Your black 1973 looks great by the way.
 

red350

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Thanks, it's actually undergoing some surgery right now (always something). I just put a suburban gas tank on and filler door in the bed, I'm loving the extra fuel capacity and no gas smell in the cab. Good luck on your quest for a shorty:clap:
 

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74binder

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How did you do the filler door? I'd like to see how you did the filler tube. This is on my list of upgrades as I have no tank in mine.
 

red350

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How did you do the filler door? I'd like to see how you did the filler tube. This is on my list of upgrades as I have no tank in mine.
I used a filler door from Hagan, and some rubber filler hose and some old pieces of pipe I had around. I used a fuel gauge interface module from speedway motors to use the GM fuel sender and keep my original IH fuel gauge. Works great so far wouldn't think twice about doing it again.
 

74binder

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Excellent write-up. Thanks for the pictures and recommending the fuel gauge interface module. I'm guessing any Chevy Suburban tank prior to 1985 is good to use (pre fuel injection)?
 

red350

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Yes I think any suburban tank up to 85 or so would work. I used the 25 gallon tank but the 30 gallon is the same width just a little deeper. I ordered the tank from rock auto, it came with sending unit and everything for around $100. Hands down best mod I've done so far. :beer:
 

74binder

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I used a filler door from Hagan, and some rubber filler hose and some old pieces of pipe I had around. I used a fuel gauge interface module from speedway motors to use the GM fuel sender and keep my original IH fuel gauge. Works great so far wouldn't think twice about doing it again.
Is the part number for the Speedway fuel gauge interface module #91012910? That is the only one I can seem to find. It looks like the one you have pictured.
 

red350

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Is the part number for the Speedway fuel gauge interface module #91012910? That is the only one I can seem to find. It looks like the one you have pictured.
Sorry took so long getting back to you. Yes that looks to be the interface module I have. It's been in service for a year or so with no issues, works great!
 

74binder

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Sorry took so long getting back to you. Yes that looks to be the interface module I have. It's been in service for a year or so with no issues, works great!
I thought so but wanted to be sure.

I'm slowly working on mine and was looking up all the fuel tank related items.
 
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