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offthebeatenpath 04-05-2020 08:29 PM

Tailgate hinge mounting screws? '65 J200
So I pulled off my old rusty tailgate this afternoon, it's pretty toasted. Well, the bottom of it is. I'm still debating whether I'm going to attempt to repair it by replacing the entire bottom section with some tubing or make something out of wood.

In any case, the phillips head screws that hold the tailgate hinges to the truck were totally stripped out. I wound up drilling them out 1/4" deep til the hinges popped loose. I couldn't see an easy way to get at the backside of these, does anybody have a trick for this?

Yes, I did pull off the access cover inside the bed at the taillight, and all i found were wasp nests and some leftover padding from my bench seat.....

ddversatile 04-05-2020 08:54 PM

If I'm not mistaken the screws thread into a welded nut in the stake pocket.. May be very very hard to get at may have to weld a nut to them and use heat

Carnuck 05-14-2020 10:06 AM

PBLaster then use reverse drill bits before Squared easy outs. Might get lucky And the screw gets loose during the prep.

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