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Username Post: Liftgate straightening-homestyle?        (Topic#349140)
Algoma56 
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Loc: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Can...
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01-13-18 02:11 AM - Post#2720921    

Years ago, someone posted pictures of them straightening their liftgate with ratchet straps, a wheelbarrow and the hot heat of the sun. I don't think I'll try that, but just curious if member still here, and pictures and comments available.



 

WagonCrazy 
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Loc: So Cal
Reg: 06-07-05
01-13-18 08:04 AM - Post#2720935    
    In response to Algoma56

I'm sure anything can be done with enough creativity.

But I shipped mine to Madmooks and he has a jig to straighten it, then clean up the hinge mounting areas, then reschromed it. Came out just fantastic!.



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49cadillac 
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Loc: Michigan Upper Peninsula
Reg: 03-10-10
01-17-18 06:14 AM - Post#2721254    
    In response to Algoma56

I hope you don't mind me observing that being located in Sault Saint Marie as you are pretty much precludes the availability of "hot sun" anytime soon (I'm in Grand Marais, Michigan about a 100 miles from you).



 
larrybrowningmauldin 
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Loc: New Braunfels,TX
Reg: 08-16-05
01-18-18 03:51 PM - Post#2721424    
    In response to 49cadillac

I was the guilty party who used the sun and "gentle" tugging to achieve marginal success in correcting the extra bend in the back window frame. Removing the torque bars eliminated the stress which caused the warping. Harvey's lifting mechanism provided enough assistance to raise the unit afterward. Having sold the Nomad 6-8 years ago, I cannot attest to how the redneck engineering helped the situation. I would suggest Madmook as a better route to follow.



 
49cadillac 
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Loc: Michigan Upper Peninsula
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01-20-18 11:59 AM - Post#2721593    
    In response to larrybrowningmauldin

My lift gate was straightened by Madmooks and he did a fabulous job. And I took the torsion rods out at the same time so the gate is no longer subject to twisting pressures. It is still in perfect shape after about six years.



 
Algoma56 
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Loc: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Can...
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01-22-18 10:50 AM - Post#2721760    
    In response to larrybrowningmauldin

Larry
Thanks for replying. I most likely will send liftgate away, but remember the pictures, but lost that in PC crash years back.
My car is coming out of storage this summer, for me to start working on it. May play with gate a bit, before sending it away.
If you have any pictures of that process, please post or send to me, my email should be in my profile.
Grand Marais guy; I hpe to drive your way for a visit this summer as well. Be ready!



 
Rick_L 
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01-23-18 05:37 PM - Post#2721892    
    In response to Algoma56

My thoughts.

Madmooks is not a rocket scientist with limitless resources. But he has spent the time to learn how to do this right, and now has the experience of doing lots of them. And he has a great source to replate them once straightened. In years past there was another guy in SoCal that did a lot of them. Don't hear much about him any more - he may have retired or passed on.

Madmooks also has the correct gas cylinders to replace the torsion bars.

Given what a Nomad is, I would let Madmooks do it and be confident and happy with the results.



 
Jim Mee 
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Reg: 12-01-17
01-24-18 06:34 PM - Post#2722013    
    In response to Rick_L

The liftgate guy I used and is good was Jerry Cabunoc also use the same chrome plater.
Good guy in my book. (Still doing it)

http://www.pontiacsafari.com/L1SafariFacts/Liftgat ...



 
wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
01-26-18 07:42 PM - Post#2722291    
    In response to Jim Mee

I have a gate straightened by Jerry. It was an already done gate he had for someone who didn't pick it up at the Nomad convention. I just gave him mine as a core. This was before Mike started doing them. Jerry was very expensive compared to what I believe Mike charges. My Nomad is still a basket case waiting her turn, so I can't say how well the gate fits. But I'm sure it will fit fine.

Jay
Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

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1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
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49cadillac 
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Loc: Michigan Upper Peninsula
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01-27-18 09:25 AM - Post#2722344    
    In response to Algoma56

Looking forward to your visit this summer (only 6 more months to go until summer)..............



 

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