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Username Post: Tailgate fitment - opinions needed        (Topic#365141)
dhaes 
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dhaes
Loc: Colfax, WA
Reg: 05-26-09
05-07-21 04:30 PM - Post#2819464    

I bought a GS complete tailgate a couple of years ago and finally got around to fitting it on the car. From the picture, you can see that the new gate is not curved enough (both sides). It is almost 3/16" from matching the body in the center. My original tailgate matches very close (pictures included) but it has significant cancer on the inside steel. The outer skin is good.

I think I have three options:

A. Create patch panels and repair my original gate (I haven't found replacement sheet metal for the inner)
B. Bend the lip of the new GS gate to match the body and blend with filler to the first vertical rib embossment.
C. Use the new gate as is. 99% of people won't notice. (I wish I didn't have such a critical eye)


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wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
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.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
dhaes 
"2nd Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 16
dhaes
Loc: Colfax, WA
Reg: 05-26-09
05-12-21 04:29 PM - Post#2819780    
    In response to wagonman100

Thanks for the opinions. I was able to tap (firm) where the outer skin wraps the inner flange. I got the inner flange to separate slightly under the fold over. This allowed the inner sheet metal to flex. I was able to flex it enough to make the outer skin bow to the correct shape without bending it at all. I will make several spot welds on the inner flange and dress them up to where they will never be known.



 
wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
05-14-21 12:48 PM - Post#2819890    
    In response to dhaes

Sounds like it wasn’t too much of a hassle. Glad it worked out for you.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 


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