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Username Post: Tailgate fitment - opinions needed
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Reg: 11-27-04
05-07-21 04:48 PM - Post#2819465    
    In response to dhaes

No one makes patch panels for the inner shell. And even if they did, the parts of the shell you cannot see are probably rotted as well. Robert McCartney (MP&C) built the lower half of a ‘55 Handyman wagon gate from scratch years ago. Very impressive fabricating and very involved.

I feel your best option is to either find a good used gate or bend the shell of the one you have. There are still viable gates out there but they are getting rarer by the day. You can see if Jay Hammond Chevy Parts to see if he has any used ones.

If you bend the shell you are more than likely going to create a low spot next to the side edge of the skin. You can get a dent puller spot welder and pull that area of the skin up to the same plane as the edge of the shell to lessen the amount of filler needed.

The only other option would be to cut the edge of the quarter panel loose, move it inward and reweld it in place.

Nothing wrong with wanting to get things to look as nice as you can. The time to do it is now. It’s better than regretting that you didn’t do it when you could.
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