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Putting a short bed on a long bed frame

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I am beginning building up my '78 stepside truck. I am getting ready to tear down to the frame, swap the axles and engine, and build it back up. I am looking at buying a 3/4 ton donor truck to do this and got to thinking about swapping bodies instead of running gear. What it be worth it to shorten the frame and use it instead of my 1/2 ton frame?
If I did this, I imagine I would have to build new mounts for the bed, but am not sure.
Would there be value in doing it this way, or would it just be a major headache? I know I would end up with a stronger frame, but are there other benefits as well?
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shortin a 1/2 T frame

chey frames differ from reg 1/2 to heavy (they came out with the Heavy 1/2 in 75 or 76) 1/2 ton. the Heavy halfs are the larger Channel frame , the same as the 3/4 tons! In about 82 they did away with the heavy stuff and the channel is the same as the blazers! I have a 77 3/4T that I'm making into a Short WB. I'd go take Pics, but there is about TWO plus feet of snow around it, so it will have to wait. I'm also puttin a 6.5TD with a 5spd. It will be my TOW bitch!! It will have a goose neck ball. I have a bumper pull, but for long distances I'm spoiled by a Gooseneck trailer. one other note, if you use a heavy half or 3/4 T chassis you will gain an extra 1inch in cab lift compared to the whimpy 1/2 chassis!
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