Why is it that all the old Chevy pickups i see look like they're sagging in the middle?

I’ve seen it in some other trucks too, but I’ve noticed this is most common with the older model Chevys and GMC’s. Is there any way that the frame can eventualy snap in half?

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7 Responses to Why is it that all the old Chevy pickups i see look like they're sagging in the middle?

  1. Lex Luthor May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Don’t be fooled. If your looking between the cab and the bed it will look like it’s sagging when it really isn’t. Chevy has always done this for some reason. The bed is higher in the back than it is in the front. Pour 10 gallons of water in the bed and watch what happens. If the truck is sitting on level ground the water will run towards the front of the bed. It’s that way even on new trucks.

    I don’t know exactly why they do this but i figure it must be to help keep whatever is loaded on the bed in the center to help with stability when loaded at highway speed.

    But on older trucks it could also be the body mounts are shot.

    To rmb45420… Down below.

    Don’t worry about the thumbs down trolls. There just loser idiots that can’t think about nothing but hiding in front of there computer key boards. They have computer knowledge but not much else. There so dumb about everything else except computers that they sit in front of there key boards day after day just giving thumbs down because they have nothing else better to do. They were born with limited understanding of anything else. There kinda pitiful when you think about it. They can tell you everything about a computer but they barely know where the key goes to start there cars. Not much else.

  2. will69gt May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #


  3. Charlie K May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Usually, it is not the frame sagging, but the body and bed mounts (they sit on rubber bushings) going bad. Many people just do not repair this.

  4. danimal141 May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    its not the frame, but the body mounts that are shot

  5. Bub May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Actually this was a F*rd phonomenom. The F*rd cab mounts would rust out and the cab sagged and the column shifter would no longer work. People would put a floor shifter in to continue to drive the truck. I have never noticed any GM pickups doing this.

  6. rmb4542000 May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    I don’t know who the idiot is that gave most of these correct answers a thumbs down but most of these are correct to one degree or another. The frame is not bent and is not going to break other than in some freak circumstance but the others are right. I have done restoration, bought and sold used cars etc so I have seen this several times. Most of the time it is the stamped steel body/cab mounts that are rusting away allowing this condition to happen. The rubber bushing can also slowly degrade and also cause a less severe example. The one response that the trucks are like this from the factory is right only to a certain point, there is a slight angle down but I think this is in reference to vehicles with more than a normal "V".

  7. bandit_60 May 10, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    it,s not the frame as much as the bed and body mounts are shot.