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Rusty Rear Sill/Tailgate Panel Issues

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Felix, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. Felix

    Felix

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    I just bought the CCOT tailgate panel with the ear tabs that attach where the lower hinges for the rear doors were, but I can't get the holes to line up right. The problem is that because of some rust, the rear sill is has raised by about a 1/4 inch on the far right and left side. Because this panel has a lip all the way along the bottom, this pushes the whole panel up enough to screw with the fitment. What's the best way to correct this in the short term?

    I know the right answer is to address the rust and replace the rear sill, and I will eventually. I just want an easy fix until then. Do I try to pound on the lip to bend it up so that it follows the contours of the warped sill? Try to remove a little bit of the rusted sill material?

    Maybe it will stop raining this afternoon so I can get some pics.

    Thanks,
    Felix
     
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    BFH.

    Pound the sill down. No worries if you are going to replace it anyways.
     
  3. Felix

    Felix

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    Sounds like a good plan, thanks.