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Old 02-19-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
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lift gate/hatch

Ok, so does anybody know if we are any closer to a reproduction of these things? Mine is killing me!!! I have 2 and thought that i might be able to meld them together but it seem they all start rusting in the same spots. If a repo was coming I could wait and justify spending the $$ on one.

Any advice???
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Old 02-19-2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: lift gate/hatch

In hindsight, if anyone knew the interior was bare steel, certainly someone would have rust proofed the interior.

I am determined to fix mine.

Why The General spot welded the two pieces under the flange I'll never know. It made it harder to get the thing apart.

As soon as I am done patching mine, I am sure a repo will show up on the market.
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Old 02-20-2017, 04:06 AM   #3
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Re: lift gate/hatch

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There was a guy in AZ that was making fiberglass ones at one time. He was selling them on here but he wouldn't become a paying member to sell them on the board so his account was suspended. He thought since he was doing the members on here a favor that he didn't have to follow the rules. He found out different....I don't know if he is still making them or not.

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He did have his prototype on craigslist shortly after his departure from here.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:19 PM   #5
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Re: lift gate/hatch

I talked to the guy and he had the molds for sale but no hatches. I told him I would buy one but no deal.
I needed one so I had to hunt the junkyards to find a decent one. I stripped it down and put rust inhibitor inside.
Hard to find.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:36 PM   #6
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I talked to the guy and he had the molds for sale but no hatches. I told him I would buy one but no deal.
I needed one so I had to hunt the junkyards to find a decent one. I stripped it down and put rust inhibitor inside.
Hard to find.
how much were the molds?
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:24 AM   #7
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how much were the molds?"

I think he wanted $1100.00 or $1200.00 for them. Without a finished product I could not be sure if the molds were creating a quality product or not.
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how much were the molds?"

I think he wanted $1100.00 or $1200.00 for them. Without a finished product I could not be sure if the molds were creating a quality product or not.
Truth! It's a good idea, but due to the limited demand, I bet the price per unit would be pretty high for a quality piece.
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Truth! It's a good idea, but due to the limited demand, I bet the price per unit would be pretty high for a quality piece.
Maybe but with all most of us needing this part I think the cost could be justified instead of waiting for a good one to come available. how many projects are on hold waiting? I'd rather just pay for one and move on. Not to mention the time and aggravation trying to rebuild a bad design. just my .02
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Re: lift gate/hatch

If you have some fabrication skills, here is a sample of what was done for a wagon lift gate, and documents the dominoes action.. I have this info here in the alternate tinkerings forum, but it's broken up a bit amongst other repairs, so this link shows the lift gate repair/fabrication in it's commercial free entirety. Hope it helps..


http://www.trifivechevys.com/showthr...te-Rust-Repair






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Old 02-21-2017, 01:30 PM   #11
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Robert, that hatch looks mint compared to most of the Suburban one's I've seen.

BTW, nice set of metal fab tools
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:34 PM   #12
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Wow that is some real fab work and way beyond my skill level! I guess I'll have to keep looking on the parts board 3-4 times a day till I hit jackpot.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:44 PM   #13
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Re: lift gate/hatch

Just an idea it's a lot of work but you can do it with barn doors
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Looks nice! Gas struts?
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Looks nice! Gas struts?
Gas struts with a Lokar prop rod. I was going to go with a minivan style electric assist but I just thought that I won't be hauling stuff in here as this one is more of a show vehicle.
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Re: lift gate/hatch

Can you get the phone number or email for the guy that had the liftgate molds?
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:21 AM   #17
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Just to add an update to this thread, I saw some pictures on Instagram by Untouchable Metal Works in Colton, CA. They were doing some rust repairs on a Suburban lift gate, even strengthened the hinge area while they had it apart. Nice work.

untouchablemetalworks on IG if you want to see pictures..
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