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Tailgate of truck stuck...
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JUILE    Posted 05-22-2001 at 15:39:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My dad's tail gate on his 1987 Ford farm truck is
stuck. Over the years the latch became
disfunctional so he took it off and had to pull
the wires together from inside the bed to unlatch
it. Now, the latch won't unlatch. I was
interested in knowing, if someone knows, what
might be the problem. We would appreciate any
Thank you.

chief613    Posted 05-22-2001 at 17:33:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
there should be some torx head screw on the inside of the tailgate, remove this panel and it will let ya see the latch mechanism. ill bet it is just coroded/gummed up, or something may have become wedge in there. a new latch handle is pretty cheap at a auto store. There is a brand name of "HELP" they have these. There should be a whole section of HELP items there together

JULIE    Posted 05-23-2001 at 07:03:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I apprecite the suggestion. My dad previously
took the panal off his truck tail gate and was
unable to solve the problem. If there is any more
we could do to fix the problem, I would appreciate
Thank you.

IHank    Posted 05-23-2001 at 07:57:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Julie- I'm not familiar with that year, but if your pop got an access panel off it should be an easy job.

Tell him to get a pressure spray can of penetrant oil and oil the daylights out of every part of the latching and hinging mechanisms. Let it sit for a little while. Then give the side latching pins another big dose of penetrant oil.

The older models used a lever and steel rods mechanism to retract the spring loaded latching pins, which allowed the tail gate to come open. If you got the modern cable type actuators, then you might have a tough row to hoe...

Somehow, from the inside with the access panel removed, he needs to reach in there and pull and hold those latch pins to the released position.

Another thing that might help is to have somebody push the tailgate hard toward the closed positon while pulling on the latch pins. That will relieve any binding up of the latch pins.

Good luck and I hope you won't need it! IHank

Burrhead    Posted 05-23-2001 at 16:10:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
10-4 on the penetrating oil. On the 87, and with the panel off take the thumb and forefinger and squeeze the 2 plastic covered spade together that are pointed out towards you after the oil soaks in good as you push the tailgate towards closed like Hank says.

magpie    Posted 05-24-2001 at 15:22:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont you folks just love these modern conveniences like the one hand easy latch tailgate?I had a 59 G.M.C. It had a more simplified method of keeping the tailgate closed it worked! I guess thats why they quit making them like that. The automakers are sure good at fighting success.

Burrhead    Posted 05-25-2001 at 12:15:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah I liked the chains better myself.

Another thing was that tailgate was strong enough to load stuff on it or sit on it without making a horse shoe out of it.

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