80 series horizontal tailgate gap

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 05:39
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Hi all, my 80 series rear tailgate is bent enough for the gap between the rubber seal and the tailgate to be about 1/4 inch. If you have the tailgate closed and look into the rear you can see straight through. Also water and dust on the outside can see straight in!! I assume this is from me and the previous owner climbing in and out, kneeling on the centre of the tailgate.

Has anyone tried this method from the 80scool tech page to bend the tailgate back up. I am going to try it in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone else had had any success with it:

80 tailgate fix

Has anyone got better ideas?

Cheers,
Wazza
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Reply By: crfan - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 11:38

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 11:38
You could try the mobs that convert them into tray backs(they chop the backs off complete) and they may have a nearly new one in you colour.
Worth a try.
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Follow Up By: Tony - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 13:13

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 13:13
Now I know why I've got barn doors.
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Follow Up By: wazza - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 15:41

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 15:41
Yeah, but you can't eat off a barn door or rest your beer on it....
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 15:50

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 15:50
Wazza ever tried the inbuilt openers on the 80? (door locking catches)
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Tony - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 07:15

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 07:15
wazza your right I use a table and beer is for drinking not resting in.
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Follow Up By: Wazza (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 07:52

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 07:52
Tony, I think you have struck the cause of my problem. Too much beer has caused me to be heavy enough to bend my rear tailgate...Cheers,
Wazza
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 15:49

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 15:49
Wazza
Unless you stop climbing on it it will reoccur. Get some one-sided sticky felt strip and put it on the mating surface of the tailgate. (or something similar)
If you want to try the 80scool way, you will need to plate the outside with strip to stop it bending. Email me and i will send you an itomised email i have kept
andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Wazza (Vic) - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 04:42

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 04:42
Thanks Dozer, that'd be great

wazzagray [at] yahoo.co.ukCheers,
Wazza
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 19:46

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 19:46
Hi Wazza
Had a look to no avail. never mind i will try to recall.
1. remove tailgate carpet and panels under it.
2. place wood inside tailgate with hole drilled in the middle
3. attatch slide hammer through holes and sitting on gate, hammer up and along the length to pull out bend.
4. cut and bend 1mm sheet steel to cover lower edge of gate as wide as the carpet is, sitting from lower edge of carpet down and around bottom of gate, finishing before hinges.
"Non acidic" silastic it to bottom gate, pop riviting ends and middle.
5. reinstall carpet-fix is hardly noticeable and strengtherns gate lower section.
Hope this helps
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Wazza (Vic) - Friday, Jun 20, 2003 at 02:48

Friday, Jun 20, 2003 at 02:48
Andrew,

thanks for going through all that. I might go a combination method of what you have described and the 80scool methos.Cheers,
Wazza
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Follow Up By: Wazza (Vic) - Friday, Jun 20, 2003 at 02:48

Friday, Jun 20, 2003 at 02:48
Andrew,

thanks for going through all that. I might go a combination method of what you have described and the 80scool method.Cheers,
Wazza
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