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Tailgate latch

I'm in the process of building a tailgate for my 52 M3 and don't have a clue as to how I'm going to make my latch work. I was wondering if someone could post some photo's of their latches. It doesn't have to be on a 52. My tailgate is going to be like most, It will have a 1" DOM top and bottom rail with 2 x 1 box tubing sides and sheet metal on the inside face.
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Mar-K makes some of the nicer latches...if you select one of theirs first then you can fabricate your tailgate accordingly.
 
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Originally Posted by Don52M3 View Post
I'm in the process of building a tailgate for my 52 M3 and don't have a clue as to how I'm going to make my latch work. I was wondering if someone could post some photo's of their latches. It doesn't have to be on a 52. My tailgate is going to be like most, It will have a 1" DOM top and bottom rail with 2 x 1 box tubing sides and sheet metal on the inside face.
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My custom made latch. I did not want the original style chains.






 
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:22 AM
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Thanks, I have my tailgate made Just looking for some ideas. 49Willard nice latches, thanks for sharing.
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I seen the seat belt trick before but forgot about it, Thanks for your reminding me. Great easy idea.
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here's what I used... don't have an installed pic handy... Button pieces insert in bed wall (hidden in stake pocket) and the L-brackets screw to the tailgate. Think these came from Classic Industries




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Here is what I used. They work pretty well! LOL!
 
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Pretty slick John, Abe that's what I remembered just couldn't visualize it. Old age I guess. I think I have come up with a design that will work for me, it has the chains. I will post when I get done cutting them out, My mill was giving me a fit this morning.
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Thanks Jeff, That was a innovative way of doing it. Nice and clean.
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Here is what I used. They work pretty well! LOL!



Abe, You must have smooth roads in your part of the world. Out here in the desert things can be pretty rough and the chains can actually bounce out of the latches. I was always taught to bring the hooks up from the bottom instead of just dropping them down from the top. That way they there is no chance for them to bounce out.

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This is what I came up with. I still need to make hooks for the chains and finish welding the panel in the tailgate but I'm getting there.
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