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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:44 pm

Found a likely tailgate today on car-part.com and the yard said they still had it.  Went to the yard got a printout of the location and they drive you to the location to see and possibly buy.  it took 45 minutes to get the ride and the gate was physically and conditionally just the item.  Just more red than the truck.  Another 45 minutes to stand in line and pay for it.  another 45 minutes to bet someone to confirm the purchase and bring it to the truck.  now there is an (Insert long dirty word here) parked behind my vehicle with mine facing a fence.  There was enough room to lower my tailgate.  I put my getting out of anywhere skills to work, and wriggled out of there.  There was a crowd of people in the lot and they gave me a standing ovation as I pulled around to leave the lot.  There was another vehicle that pulled in front on the one that had been behind me and one behind it.  Some small satisfaction.  I have just put the gate on the truck and it looks lov o lee.

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:56 pm

Looks good, I see you have the Eddie Bauer package on your truck.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:34 pm

Yeah, it's funny how it worked out that way. The Bronco II was an EB too.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:16 pm

The Eddie Bauer package was like a bazillion dollar upgrade, back in the day. Nice truck.

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Post by willy3486 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:34 pm

Very good. Back years ago when I was fixing my 66 Ford truck I needed a tailgate. I saw a add for a 67 ford and went to look at it. Even though it wasn't a 66 tailgate I like the 67 a whole lot better as it has smaller letters and a oval around the letters. I thought it was a little pricey until I got there. They told me it had been taken off the truck around 1968 and a lift put on the truck. It had been wrapped up in a blanket and forgot about in a barn. It was like new. Sometimes you luck out.

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:53 pm

Back then there were some camper tops with double doors at the back and required the tailgate to be removed. If you find one and the person does not know the value you're a winner. Tailgate take suck punishment most are bad causing the price to be high for a used one.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:49 pm

This one was considerably less than most that had the trim panel. It was $150. The original owner of mine had put a spray painted flat brown over white one with all the trim retainer hardware broken. It looked rotten. It is good looking for parts and used cars down hereabouts as there is little road salt used. I don't think I'll go back to that goat rodeo I went to today though.  Very Happy 
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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:54 pm

Your truck looks to be the 87-91 body style.

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:34 pm

It's a 96. Here is a pic of the front.

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:41 pm

OK that's the 92-96 style. Good looking truck and nice color!

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Post by 75X11 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:44 pm

I wish the truck looked as nice as the picture. You get close and you can see 18 years of nics pops and scratches. I must have a reverse Dorian Gray camera.
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:45 pm

I've just bought the beltline weatherstrip and a new set of window channels for it on Ebay. That'll make for a fun day's project!
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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:26 pm

Have you tried Dennis Carpenter in North Carolina for for parts. I'm not sure if he's doing anything that new yet.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:41 pm

I've used them when I had my '79 Ranchero. As a matter of fact It was for beltline weatherstrip, a gas tank float and the sender access gasket.
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