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Old 04-15-2007, 08:20 AM
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Tailgate Kit For My '54 Chevy Pickup

I'm trying to find something that looks decent for holding the tailgate on my '54 Chevy Pickup in the open position. Right now I have the most neanderthal solution: A cable measured to length:



Is there anything out there that you know of that would look nicer? It sure would be cool to have a retractable cable!

Any help is sure appreciated.

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I don't know who makes it, but there is a retractable cable, I have seen it somewhere.

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Hey, Brian

That would be so cool! I've been all over the web -- I can't find anything retractable other than electrical cables and bike locks!
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Have you tried Mar-k, its something like that? They make tailgates for classic trucks and offer sevral upgrade kits. Might not have anything like you want but am sure them know where to get them, try calling em...Eric

Pro's pick also comes to mind
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Thanks, Eric.

There's nothing in their catalog, but I'll call 'em on Monday and see if they know of anything.
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Something like this what you're looking for?

http://www.pros-pick.com/hiddenlatchkits.html

or like this:

http://www.classictrucks.com/tech/cl...side_tailgate/

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Something like that ... but something that retracts into a small box-like deal and doesn't hang down.
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I'll dig through my stack of catalogs, I know there's one that sells what is essentially like a more modern metal bracket style that you recess into the tailgate.

I've also seen people cut a small hole in the tailgate, take a washer, put a nylon coated braided wire through it with some kind of weight on the end (e.g. a bolt) and then weld the washer into place in the hole. Fabricate a L-shaped bracket on the bedside and attach the nylon coated wire there. As the tailgate closes, the wire will drop into the inside of the tailgate.
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Thanks -- I appreciate your looking through your cat's!

I don't want to change my setup, necessarily, I just thought it would be so cool to not have the hanging length of cable or nylon, you know? I don't use the bed much.
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AH-HAA! I found it!

Do a search on eBay for tailgate cable retractor and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.

Now ... if I could just find some details about how these work and are installed, I'd be in business.
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