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Does anyone have any ideas on how to fabricate a latch for a custom tailgate on my 1979 Chevy. I'm fixing to start and would like to know about some different styles. The ones I have built in the past have a bolt welded to the gate. This bolt goes through the truck above the tailgate bumper and I weld a nut to the end of a piece of pipe. This holds it good, but it is slow getting the tailgate down. Any help is appreciated.
First of all, it's great to hear (ok, read) someone else use the term "fixin to" I really think that is just an Okie thing.
The only custom latching that I can think of is what some of the guys use for the gates that are notched for GN/5th wheel hitches. they have a spring loaded pin on each side that snaps back into the factory slot. Is this for a restoration type custom or a functional, tow-me-out-by-my-tailgate kind of custom?
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thanks for the help
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