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Old 01-30-2012, 10:58 PM
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Tailgates for 73-79 trucks

I was looking at a lot of pictures and I was wondering if anyone has every used gates from 1969-1997. They look like they might be able to but i dont know. I believe the insides are the same.
I kinda searched and didn't find any info about it.
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I used one from a 69 ford. It fits like a glove but the body lines don't match perfectly.


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I wAs figuring that the body line ends on the rear lights
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Darn I was hoping that this was a different question.

But the bed sitting on my 74 right now has a 90's model tail gate in it till I can find one of the nice Ford Scroll type I like that better than the block letters.
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I didn't know the 90's gates fit too (did know the 67-72's did). I'd like to see pics of the 90's gate on there.
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Ok, that's what I was hoping for.
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Darn I was hoping that this was a different question.

But the bed sitting on my 74 right now has a 90's model tail gate in it till I can find one of the nice Ford Scroll type I like that better than the block letters.
Original Ford tailgates for 73-79 all have the FORD block letters and some are just covered with the nice chrome FORD plate. You can put that on any gate, just have to make a hole template and drill the holes for the screws. Any gate without the FORD letters are aftermarket.
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Darn I was hoping like in the past the the scroll letters on flareside tailgates. Guess I will have to graft one in.
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Darn I was hoping like in the past the the scroll letters on flareside tailgates. Guess I will have to graft one in.
Ya, you could always get some sheet metal and have a FORD script CNC'd into the metal and then graft it into the gate. I can't remember where the pic is, but I think someone customized their tailgate with a FORD script and had LED lights inside the gate to light it up at night. It was really cool.
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That would be great I am just looking for the embossed letters with the white paint though.
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I would cut the lettering out of a step side and put it into a regular bed tailgate.

Kinda like this but with the metal in the dent part more of the original. Hope this makes some sense.
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It looks to plain Jane with it flat like the rest of the tailgate.
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Anyone have pictures?
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Yeah - I'd still like to see what a 80/90's tailgate looks like on our 70's bed.
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