How to Remove the Bed of a Chevy C10

How to Remove the Bed of a Chevy C10

Last Updated August 8, 2023 | Cory Jones

The Chevy C10 is a classic truck that has gained a cult following among automotive enthusiasts. If you own a C10, you know that there are few things more satisfying than restoring or customizing your truck. One common modification that many C10 owners make is removing the bed.

Detaching your truck's bed is an essential step in many popular modifications. It is part of replacing the bed, installing a new fuel tank, and making cosmetic upgrades.In the steps below, we'll walk you through the process of removing the bed from your Chevy C10, providing you with the knowledge and confidence you need to tackle this project in less than an hour.

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Chevy C10 Truck Bed Removal Steps

There are a few things you want to keep in mind. First, it is likely that the bed of an older truck has some very rusted bolts, so it's a good idea to keep a grinder on hand. Second, the truck bed of a Chevy C10 is very heavy, so you'll definitely want to have a few friends help you remove it. If you don't have access to a few extra hands, mounting a truck bed lifting extension onto an engine hoist can also do the trick.

Parts and Tools Needed:

  • Rust Penetrating Fluid
  • Grinder (optional)
  • Engine Hoist (optional)
  • Ratchet Wrench

Step 1: Soften Rusty Bolts

Before you begin removing the bolts on your truck's bed, spray some rust penetrating fluid on them. Best results will occur if you let the fluid soak into the bolts overnight.

Mechanic removing rusted bolt from a Chevy C10

Step 2: Remove Mounting Bolts

Head underneath the frame of your C10 and locate the mounting bolts connecting the frame to the bed. Use a wrench to remove these bolts along with the washers.

Mechanic removing bolts from the bed of a Chevy C10

Step 3: Disconnect Wiring Harness

Locate the wiring harness connection point at the base of the frame rail. Unplug the harness wire to disconnect the bed from the frame.

Mechanic disconnecting the wiring harness from the bed of a Chevy C10

Step 4: Remove Truck Bed

This step is best completed with four people. Place a person on each side of the bed, two on the sides, one at the front, and one at the back. Lift the bed straight up so it detaches from the frame. Next, move the bed away from the frame and set it to the side. Remember that the bed is very heavy, so make sure to test out the weight before moving the bed to avoid any injuries.

Mechanics removing the bed of a Chevy C10

Congratulations, you're all done!

Take Advantage of your C10's Bed Removal by Upgrading Your Truck

With your C10's bed removed, you're now free to perform many of the most popular classic truck modifications. Removing the bed gives you access to the frame rails which is a great place to relocate your C10's gas tank. It's also a great opportunity to address safety and health concerns like removing rust from the bottom of the bed. For a full list of our C10 safety mod recommendations, check out our Chevy C10 safety upgrades guide. We also have you covered for any parts you need for your classic truck restoration on our Chevy C10 parts page.


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