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Tennessee bound

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I have a 73 C20 that i"m getting out of mothballs. I have had the truck since the 90s and going through it pretty extensively. The original T gate is beat to hell and i am replacing it with a newer one, not sure what year but guessing it's an 81-87? The new one has the different latch configuration, and Hinge/Trunnion configuration. I just purchased a "Tailgate Component Kit" from LMC,81-87.It comes with Trunnion's, Hinges, Latch assembly's, Latch Rod set, Tailgate Handle, and Link assembly set. Does anyone Here have any experience on if this will work? I found this chatroom on researching to see if this retrofit is possible. Thanks in advance for any input, Christian...
 

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Welcome!

Your truck originally had the "wedge plate" style tailgate to coincide with the "wedge hole" style bedsides:
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I have not tried the conversion myself but I do know the trunnions, links and latches are all different. I believe, just by looking at my '85 vs our '76 shop truck, that it'll work. I think all the bolt holes are the same for all the hardware. You'll just have the unused "wedge holes" in the stake pockets
 

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Hi! Tennesse bound! Say, did I buy the bed from a black '73 from you, oh was it two years ago now?

If so, I've been meaning to send you some ratchet straps... I tried but the vendor wouldn't ship to a 3rd party, then... um, I forgot.

Let me know!
 

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Welcome!

Your truck originally had the "wedge plate" style tailgate to coincide with the "wedge hole" style bedsides:
You must be registered for see images attach


I have not tried the conversion myself but I do know the trunnions, links and latches are all different. I believe, just by looking at my '85 vs our '76 shop truck, that it'll work. I think all the bolt holes are the same for all the hardware. You'll just have the unused "wedge holes" in the stake pockets
Hey Thank you! I Do believe it WILL work. My 73 is up in Weldon, near Lake Isabella and the tail gate is down here in Bakersfield with me. I went up last week to do some chores and had a look see at it and I believe you're correct! I plan on getting it down here next week to give it some much needed Love. I changed all the new hardware onto the Tgate a few months ago and I'm an old bodyman, I'll make it happen even if I have to coax it. Pictures to come, eventually!
 

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Hi! Tennesse bound! Say, did I buy the bed from a black '73 from you, oh was it two years ago now?

If so, I've been meaning to send you some ratchet straps... I tried but the vendor wouldn't ship to a 3rd party, then... um, I forgot.

Let me know!
No sir, it was not me. I sold a stripped body to a fella from Santa Barbara a few months ago.
 

Tennessee bound

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Welcome aboard from East Tennessee.
Our property is in the Calhoun area, Mcminn County approx. 40 miles North of Chattanooga. The wife & I are going out for ten days early December. My 73 C20 is going to be my Ranch truck out there, Soon to be taken out there!
 

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