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Old 05-12-2010, 05:24 AM   #1
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Tailgate latches

Hi All. Just got off the phone to Mar-k products, they just told me they dont post to the UK, So back to the drawing board,

Im thinking of seat belt fittings male and female, ? has this been done before, if so any pictures or other neat ideas.

Thanks Darron
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:28 AM   #2
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If you would like, have them ship it to me and I will forward to you. Canadians have problems having American products shipped as well.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:03 AM   #3
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Re: Tailgate latches

persh's idea page - scroll down and look to the right side...

for tailgate and beds.

A few good ideas for you there.

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:27 AM   #4
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Re: Tailgate latches

Stuff that rattles drives me bonkers... and tailgates fit that catagory.

I used these latches from Speedway and mounted them inside the bed. They are rubber and since they are elastic help to minimize squeaking. And at $5.99 a pair they are quite reasonable.

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Rubber...atch,1581.html
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:29 AM   #5
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persh's idea page - scroll down and look to the right side...

for tailgate and beds.

A few good ideas for you there.

Wow Products

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Re: Tailgate latches

I have the marine latches that were linked above, but chose not to run them on my '56.

I went with these instead..

http://www.pros-pick.com/hiddenlatchkits.html
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:47 AM   #7
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:10 PM   #8
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If you would like, have them ship it to me and I will forward to you. Canadians have problems having American products shipped as well.
Thanks for the offer, i would like to explore other options before taking you up on you offer, I am kind of a d-i -y guy. if i can use old chevy parts then i think thats the way i will go,

THANKS.PS. Petrol in the UK 1.21 per ltr. 4.5 ltrs to the gallon, ? how much is it in the USA at the moment.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:17 PM   #9
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$1.07 cents Canadian per liter. 4.5 liters/ American Gallon. $4.81 per U.S. Gallon Canadian
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:04 AM   #10
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Gas prices here range from $2.83-$2.95 a gallon within a 10 mile radius. Kinda crazy there's that much difference in a relatively small area.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:57 AM   #11
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Re: Tailgate latches

Here are the ones I did, they are modified late 90s chevy S10 latches with a home made bellcrank and linkage system, the handle is going to be aluminum as soon as I can make it, whole set up cost about 20$ and a few hours
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:36 PM   #12
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the latches are from mar-k the cables are from auto zone,the trick is cut the inside lip on the tailgate and weld it up so the cable will fold inside ,out of sight...
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Re: Tailgate latches

I used 75 Chevy latch and handle and made my own folding arms, Has worked well for many years
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Re: Tailgate latches

I have no pics, but can describe what I did on the tailgate I built for my 66.

used 1" OD pipe, cut to about 8 inches long, 2 pieces.
Welded a cap on one end of each, and cut a slot in the side of each, about 1.5 inches long, and about 3 inches from open end of pipe.

used 2 long, stainless bolts, with the heads cut off, as pis, and found springs at the hardware store to spring load them.

drill and tap a hole in the bolt (pin) to line up with the slot, and use a 1/4 20 bolt to act as a pull handle.

Then you cut a 1" hole on side of tailgate for the pipe, and a slot to align with the slot of the pipe, and weld the pipes in so the pins can go into hole you drill in the bed side in the closed position.

I went one step after this, using some cable and a handle I fabbed up, so I have a pull handle for my latches, to activate both p[ins at once.

Was a completely homemade solution, but is working real well for me.
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