The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > 47 - Current classic GM Trucks > The 1947 - 1959 Chevrolet & GMC Pickups Message Board

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-10-2018, 11:43 PM   #1
Foot Stomper
Registered User
 
Foot Stomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 980
Fleetside tailgate support solution needed

I've decided to go with Mar K hidden latches for the tailgate on my Fleetside but am wondering how these cables might work.
Any suggestions are welcome. How did you support your Fleetside tailgate in the down position if you aren't using stock chains?
Images are NOT mine.
Attached Images
  
__________________
So when is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?

My 1959 GMC build thread http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=686989
Foot Stomper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 01:21 AM   #2
mr48chev
Registered User
 
mr48chev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toppenish, WA
Posts: 9,781
Re: Fleetside tailgate support solution needed

The only thing I can see that might possibly be an issue with those is that you may end up having to tuck them in when you close the tailgate. Other than that they are clean and simple.
__________________
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

My ongoing truck projects:
48 Chev 3100 that will run a 292 Six.
71 GMC 2500 that is getting a Cad 500 transplant.
mr48chev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2018, 07:48 PM   #3
Foot Stomper
Registered User
 
Foot Stomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 980
Re: Fleetside tailgate support solution needed

Quote:
Originally Posted by mr48chev View Post
The only thing I can see that might possibly be an issue with those is that you may end up having to tuck them in when you close the tailgate. Other than that they are clean and simple.
That's exactly the problem... not a big one, but a problem nonetheless.
It seems the solution might be to trim a little off the gate to allow room to tuck them in.

Looking for other suggestions, but pretty sure the trimming will start soon.
__________________
So when is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?

My 1959 GMC build thread http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=686989
Foot Stomper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2018, 07:28 AM   #4
1project2many
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lakes Region NH
Posts: 2,000
Re: Fleetside tailgate support solution needed

It looks like the biggest issue is making sure the ends of the cable don't line up when the gate is closed. If you don't allow any "wiggle room" for the ends of the cable to twist then they almost have to try and loop when the gate is closed. It may be helpful to move the truck end of the cable forward. This will allow the cable to loop without trying to fold.

Very poor photo edit attached:
Attached Images
 

Last edited by 1project2many; 06-12-2018 at 07:43 AM.
1project2many is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2018, 12:29 AM   #5
OrrieG
Registered User
 
OrrieG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Idaho
Posts: 8,730
Re: Fleetside tailgate support solution needed

Those pics are mine. You need to trim a little off the tailgate to allow the cables to "nest" next to it when closing. I also found I needed to weld up one side of the hinge trunions to get the alignment right. On a stock tailgate the bed piece goes thru the tailgate to align the top.
Attached Images
     
__________________
1959 Chevy Short Fleetside w/ 74 4WD drive train (current project) OrrieG Build Thread
1964 Chevelle Malibu w/ 355-350TH (daily driver)
Helpful AD and TF Manual Site Old Car Manual Project
OrrieG is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com