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Old 01-29-2012, 06:34 PM
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Bolt size on f250 tailgate?

Can someone tell me what size are the bolts on an F250 1971 tailgate? Mine never had one and I am planning to buy one with the hinges at the junk yard... So I want to make sure I take the right size socket.

Is removing the tailgate as easy as removing the 8 bolts on the hinges? The two lower bolts on each side seem a bit inaccessible with the tailgate in the way. I dont think the socket would fit there, I may need a wrench, right?

Thanks guys, I did a quick search but did not find the size on the bolts
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There should only be two bolts on each side to get the tailgate off. Can't say for sure, but either 1/2 or 9/16" socket will get them(I'm thinking more like the 9/16"). Take the bottom one off with gate up, upper bolt with gate in down position.

If that one has 8 bolts, did Ford change something after 1970? My '67, 69 and 70 were all two bolt.
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There should only be two bolts on each side to get the tailgate off. Can't say for sure, but either 1/2 or 9/16" socket will get them(I'm thinking more like the 9/16").

Take the bottom one off with gate up, upper bolt with gate in down position.

If that one has 8 bolts, did Ford change something after 1970?
Nope.

My '67, 69 and 70 were all two bolt.
2) C4TZ-9943400-A .. Styleside Tailgate Hinge / Right/Left is the same.

4) 372421-S39 .. Bolt & Washer-Tailgate Hinge to Body / Hex head 3/8" -24 x 1" (3/8" is the thread size, not the wrench size) / Takes 2 per side.

Applications: 1964/66 F100/250 2WD / 1966 F100 4WD / 1967/72 F100/350 /// Note: 1964/65 F100/250 4WD; 1964/66 F350; 1966 F250 4WD used 1957/60 Styleside Beds.
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September 1966: Ford replaced the '64/66 F100/250 2WD, 1966 F100 4WD Styleside tailgate (C4TZ-9940700-A) with the 1967 (1967/72) Styleside tailgate (C7TZ-9940700-A) for use as a service part replacement.

All the mounting hardware is the same. The tailgates look the same at a glance, but '67/72's have smaller FORD block letters which are surrounded by a raised ovate scallop line.

1973/79: The Styleside tailgate, hinges and bolts are not the same as above, but the hinges still use two bolts per side.
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I didn't think so Bill. I just wonder where he saw 8 bolts at?

Kinda figured they were 3/8" thread which makes them 9/16" wrench.
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