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Old 07-17-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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8-9 seater shortbed

Here's the concept. Take a suburban, cut in half. Take a extended cab short bed, cut in half. Weld back together. Sounds simple enough. LOL

So.....having never done this before. From you experienced guys, what should I look out for?
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:41 PM   #2
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Played around with photochop a few years ago and this is what we came up with. Probably leave the axle placement alone though now just to make it a little easier
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:45 PM   #3
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Here's another on I found, don't know anything about it. would love to know how it was done. and any tricks to accomplishing it.
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Here's the suburban and the truck I plan on "putting together"
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:41 PM   #5
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

I say loop tha frame off mid door on tha ext cab & mid back door on tha burb & splice them together..
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Yep, that's the idea I had
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Anybody have any other pictures of the idea I have?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:52 PM   #8
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while I was gutting the truck and suburban today, I got to thinking about a/c. It was 101 here today the suburban has rear a/c heat, and I'm thinking about moving it to the back of the truck cab. should be interesting, and maybe it will help keep the truck cooler/warmer. If I can get it accomplished.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:42 PM   #9
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Got everything cut apart......except for the torsion bars. truck won't come apart. now for some lunch, and then THE TORCH!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:19 PM   #10
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well, almost got through the whole truck with one sawzall blade, but it broke right before I was done. all apart now!
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:20 PM   #11
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Cool Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

got the suburbans a/c discharged today. Gonna try to use the rear air from the suburban in the new cab. still haven't figured out where I'll put the darn thing. Also got some more gutting done today!

Anybody want to play around in photo shop and show me what it'll look like when I'm done? There's probably going to be an 8 in gap between the back doors of the suburban and where the extended cab starts that I will need to fill with sheet metal and stuff. Unlike the one at the top of the thread where it starts the xcab right behind the rear doors.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:06 PM   #12
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

My sister did a rendering of what the truck should look like tonight. I'm excited! Haven't figured out how to upload photos from my android phone yet, so I'll have to upload it another time.
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Man, you're not messing around! This should be interesting.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:44 PM   #14
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Man, you're not messing around! This should be interesting.
the wife doesn't like lookin at "junk" in the yard. her words not mine
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Here's a rendering, thanks to my sister! Love ya Heather
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

took the roof rack off today, and started looking around underneath the suburban to see what all I would need to AVOID cutting. it was easy hacking on a parts truck I bought for $200, now I gotta be careful
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

Here's something I did to my other truck about a month ago. I got board and wondered if I could do what I had seen in the magazines. It's not finished but it's a start, and you get the Idea of what I wanted to accomplish. I'm working on building my own roll pan. if it turns out like I want I'll post some pics of that later.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:37 PM   #18
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here's some bondo pics
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:49 AM   #19
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

the pic of the chopped up ext cab gave me an idea. We've all seen the utility trailers made of truck boxes, but what if (just thinkin out loud here) you cut a wrecked ext cab after the doors, boxed in the giant hole and created a sleeper trailer! no need to add a door if theres a sliding rear window. sorry had to speak up on that one.
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Don't be sorry, all good Ideas have to come from somewhere. It's good to hear what other people are thinking! :-)
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:06 PM   #21
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here's some pictures of what I did today! I took the axle out from under the suburban, and I did get it set under the xcab but it got too dark to take a good photo. Broke the u bolts in the process, so off to the store to buy some new ones tomorrow! I twisted them in half because half of the bolt was missing from rusting away. Kinda makes me wonder about my other trucks. :-/
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

up until now, I could have scraped the whole project and just kept my burb. with the rear end under the xcab it feels like I've past the point of very difficult to return. when I get the suburban cut in half. I'll be at no return! LOL
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Just build one of these...




I actually saw this thing driving around here in town a couple times years ago.
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kind of a pipe dream really Idon't have the tools to do it. but I've been looking for a way to make my truck a weekend camper, but still be fuctional.
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Re: 8-9 seater shortbed

I saw a very well done 4-door dully, the back interior wall of the cab was removed then the bed was permanently enclosed as a limo.

I know I like my raised fiberglass shell. The top of the shell is level. I would like a Suburban with a raised roof just behind the front passenger, so I could still put my motorcycle in it.

I mentioned to Chip Foose about creating a motorcycle ramp, using a 12" wide down the center of the bed floor metal, using the indent of the license plate. Slide it out and run my bike into the bed.

We don't have much room on the property to store an extra truck for projects.... The land here is leased by the inch!!
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