Good morning all. I've heard that the tailgates are interchangeable in terms of having the same width, but have different latch locations. I recall seeing somewhere that a Bricknose owner installed a Bullnose tailgate and just bolted some U-bolts into the bed to serve as latches. Wondering if anyone has done this successfully using the newer tailgate on a Bullnose?
I found a really clean tailgate from a '90 that I'm hoping can work. My '84 has a reproduction item that is falling apart.
This Catalogue seems to think they have different hinge connections (which is probably what the eyebolts or whatever solved), and the latches are different, like you stated. I'm not sure if it would be easy to convert.
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Ah, interesting. It actually looks like the hinge arrangement is opposite between the Bricknose & Bullnose versions as well. I might have to make a trip out to a junkyard to see if I can compare the two tailgates side by side.
Thanks for sharing. I didn't think to look up the diagrams on LMC
Thank you for sharing the diagrams, Gary. I keep forgetting there is that top navigation menu that has expanded areas. I always arrive to the main Forum page and sort through threads first. Guess I need to use the site more often to gain some familiarity!
Sorry for the delay. I'm also on the east coast and we were having some freak tornado warnings here on the PA/NJ border this evening!
I'm adding some images of the driver's side and passenger-side with the tailgate removed from the pivots to show the lower and upper mounting areas.
If you think you can take a look at your truck to see if at least the pivots match that would help a ton!
Ford was really inconsistent with how they treated replacement part numbers, and this is a good example. Just do away with what had to have been an E7TZ part number and replace it in the catalog with the E9TZ. But when the F2 part came out they said "replaced by".
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Thanks very much for posting these. I ended up taking a trip to an area pick & pull and found a brick nose and bullnose to compare side by side.
More surprisingly, there was a donor bullnose that had a straight $40 tailgate! The truck I pulled it from was a different color; so amazingly this tailgate has survived 30+ years in the PA/NJ rust-zone to be on at least its third truck(just look at the "fender rust repair-panels on the donor truck!). It's not perfect, but much better than the repro that's been hanging off of my truck.