It’s the little things...

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It’s the little things...

Gsmblue
For as long as I have had this truck the tailgate has been an issue.. the handle was wonky and would not release the latches.. it was stiff and sticky. The cables were rusted too. Worst of all, the handle would sometimes be pulled too far and the roller would pop over the lever resulting in a lot of faffing to reset..

Anyhow. New cables, rods, handle and retainers all popped in yesterday and now the tailgate opens and closes with ease. Not to mention the handle sits straight!

Like I said, it’s the little things...

1985 F150 XL Explorer 5.0 EFI 4AOD 4x4 standard cab.
Daily Driver. I call her Eunice.
To do:  Rear fuel tank pump, replace door hinges, Front and rear windows need replacing, blue top steering box, front dampers, Interior panels to be painted, new carpet, seats to be recovered, some exterior paint work

1982 Bronco XLT Lariat 351 C6 4x4
Code name Esperanza, or Espy to her friends. Please see my Project page for details.
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Re: It’s the little things...

Gary Lewis
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Isn't that such a good feeling when things work "right"!?  And, you did it?  I it soooooo good.  Well done.  
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/soon-to-be ZF5/3.55's & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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Re: It’s the little things...

grumpin
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Very cool! That's great!

I would just go out and open it once in awhile!

I took mine apart and straightened things in the handle because it would come apart as you mentioned. Put on new rod holders.

Then I put on a topper with doors and the tailgate is in the garage behind my toolbox.  

1986 F250 XLT Lariat 4x4 460 C6
1992 Bronco XLT 4x4 351W E4OD
1998 Suburban LT K2500 454 4L80E
Oregon
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FuzzFace2
What do they say, its not a tail gate if not held in place with chains

Nice job on fixing the gate handle.
I know if it was me and I had issues and could not fix it the gate handle the gate would be removed.
Dave ----

ps at least you have a tail gate I have none
81 F100 flare side 300 six/T18 project
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81 F100 style side 300 six/SROD parts truck
http://cars.grantskingdom.com/index.php/1981-Ford-F100
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Gsmblue
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So it’s not just me... I did pop out a few times and just open and close it... smiling away...

Then I gave the wife a lesson on how to open and close it too. She was excited she could manage it !

Then there was the dog... he jumped up there and loved it!!



1985 F150 XL Explorer 5.0 EFI 4AOD 4x4 standard cab.
Daily Driver. I call her Eunice.
To do:  Rear fuel tank pump, replace door hinges, Front and rear windows need replacing, blue top steering box, front dampers, Interior panels to be painted, new carpet, seats to be recovered, some exterior paint work

1982 Bronco XLT Lariat 351 C6 4x4
Code name Esperanza, or Espy to her friends. Please see my Project page for details.
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Gary Lewis
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It is amazing to me how dogs love to be in the back of trucks.  Wives, not so much.  

Anyway, it certainly is the little things that make us smile.  Well done!
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/soon-to-be ZF5/3.55's & EEC-V MAF/SEFI