Classic Bed Floor Tricks

December 12th, 2011

Text and Photos by Courtney Halowell

Raise a Bed Floor in a Classic for Suspension Clearance With Parts From LMC Truck

The very first time we mounted the 1953 Chevy truck body on our 1994 S-10 chassis with the Advance Design Engineering body swap kit, it was evident that we were going to have to do something about the bed floor. The frame came out from under a truck that had already been airbagged, and the rear frame rails had already been step notched to allow the rearend to go deep enough into the frame rails to lay the chassis flat on the ground. Well, the step-notched frame was cool, but it presented a problem when it was time to install a bed floor.

That all changed when we walked up to Rudy Barbosa’s super slammed ‘53 Chevy at The Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. It was obvious that Rudy had run into the exact same problem, but instead of cutting holes in his bed floor, he just raised it. A couple of minutes spent crawling around Rudy’s truck and we had figured out the easiest way to copy what he had done. We actually snapped a couple of photos of Rudy’s truck, one of which is the lead photo for this story.

The following Monday we ordered all of the parts we needed for the bed floor from LMC Truck. It took longer to finish the wood than it did to bolt everything together and drop it in. And props to Rudy for the idea, it is the perfect solution for a classic truck that has been step notched. After you read about how easy it was, you’ll probably have one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments like we did.


LMC Truck

15450 W. 108th St.

Lenexa, KS 66219

800.562.8782 (http://www NULL.lmctruck

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