Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.
Having worked in the aftermarket accessory business, I have seen a lot of creative things people have done to their pickups, and every now and then I see something that is just a really great idea.
Old GM truck with newer style bed
Years ago I saw a 1970 Chevy pickup, restored, with a stepside bed, then did a double take when I noticed that the bed was not from that particular year truck. What the owner did was take a stepside bed from a 1988 to 98 truck and put it on the 1970 chassis. While I thought it was a brilliant idea, I had no idea that it would become a really popular way to customize this particular generation of trucks. Forgive me if you already know about this, I just thought I would put this out there in case you’ve got a project involving a 1967 to 72 Chevy or GMC truck and were wondering how to approach restoring the bed.
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Straightening out an old bed, inside and out, can be expensive, especially if you have the old stepside bed that has an all-wood floor. Wood floors, if you get the one that isn’t pine, can be pricey and at the end of the day, it will still be a vulnerable surface to have to deal with down the road. Of course the wood looks nice, but it’s a truck, and maybe you still want to use it like a truck. So going to your local junkyard and finding a 1988 to 98 stepside bed can be a fairly cheap way to solve all those issues, but there’s another bonus. Putting on that newer generation bed makes it easier to find things like hard fiberglass tonneau covers that are not available for those older beds, and other aftermarket goodies as well. What’s really cool about doing this is that for whatever reason, the body lines on the newer bed seem to match up perfect with the old cab, which is why at first glance it’s hard to tell that you’re looking at a newer style truck bed. If you’re a purist when it comes to restoring, this is not the option for you, but if you’re going for a nice look and want to save a couple bucks, this could be the perfect solution you’re looking for. Just thought I would pass this idea along.