MX2: Shortening the Truck Bed – Part 1

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Here I go… Today I started chopping up the bed without my body guys. They’re a bit busy. Besides, how bad can I mess up… First I pulled the bed of the truck with a forklift. Next came the sticker removal.

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Now since I’m adding two feet onto the cab, I will be removing the front portions of the bed for filler material. Easier for keeping the body lines. Leaving 2 inches near the front allows me to keep the original curve around the backside of the bed.

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These are the two sections cut from the bed fenders.

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Next I drill out all the spot welds holding the boxes’ backing and end caps.

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Using a dead-blow and chisel I separate the two pieces.

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Backing removed.

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I use a laser level to determine the exact line to cut over the wheel well and other curves in the bed’s box. The lines at the bottom were measured at 48 inches.

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Double checking myself and making sure the cut would be accurate near the top.

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Now I simply trace the laser line, then repeat on the other side.

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The bed is cut to size. In the background you can see the portion removed.

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I clean up the edges and start fitting the backing portion to the bed.

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