\ The $free (well realy cheap) tailgate handle relocation
The $free (well realy cheap) tailgate handle relocation
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015
okay I was going to do this earlier when I did it but lost some in progress pics but nothing to important.
STEP 1: Remove rear panel on tailgate and removed handle
STEP 2: To start off you need to cut out the section in the skin of your tailgate that houses the handle using a die grinder with cut off wheel
STEP 3: you need a piece of sheet metal trace the outline of the piece you just cut on to the sheetmetal and cut it out for a filler.
STEP 4: flip the tailgate over and cut out the section that was behind were the handle mounted
STEP 5: Take the piece the handle mounts up to and align it to the top of the center indent on the removable panel and mark it for cutting.
STEP 6: Remove latch assemblies and flip the rods 180 degrees from what they were and reinstall
STEP 7: Weld in front filler plate and handle bucket to removable panel taking your time spot welding so you don't warp it
STEP 8: You will need to make a piece of metal to fill the hole on the bottom of the handle bucket your choice on how you want it
STEP 9: Grind it down taking your time so it doesn't warp and make sure it is completely welded
STEP 10: Apply body filler if needed and block sand so it is straight and you can be proud of your work
STEP 11: After paint reassemble the rear panel with the handle attached to the panel, it will take some patience to get the rode re attached but it will go back together.
Created By: sleepyspeed
i was like what the F a flower..... then i put 2 and 2 together... nice write up...