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Re: tailgate rust question, help
Bronco lower tailgates are notorious for rotting out due to water dripping past the shelf on top due to deteriorated outer belt strips. You definitely should do a thorough inspection of the interior of the tailgate before painting cuz a few months later, you may be in for a real shocker...
work from the outside inward? Thats opposite of how the rust works.
All you need to do is open the tailgate, remove the access cover that has about 8 screws, push the striker bolt lock latches *in* on both sides of the tailgate as if the tailgate is in the closed position, then stick the key in the lock to extend the glass out so you can inspect internally. Some recommend you support the glass while doing so, however i have done this many times with no problems but if your concerned about the glass busting, by all means support it with whatever you can find the approximate height.
lower repair sheetmetal is avail from places such as jcwhitney.com, etc.
P.S. DONT forget to pull the latch to release the lock catches and roll the window back in before slamming the tailgate back shut [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]