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Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Plywood State.... Florida
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Not many options here. You might be able to remove the screws that you can get to and use a pair of needle nosed vice grips to loosen the screws on the side of the cover enough to be able to get access rods inside without bending the cover up too bad. (I think there are only two screws on the side of the cover.) If you can get to it, now you will have to disconnect the rod from the lock cylinder and push it up or down to unlock the latch. If that does not work, next I would put as large of a flat blade screw driver into the key opening as I could get in and attempt to force it to turn. Just don't get too crazy or you might damage the hole in the tailgate that the tumbler fits in. If that fails, the next step is to drill out the center of the lock tumbler. I would guess a 3/8 or maybe a 1/2" drill bit would do it. The idea here is open the key side up enough to get the pins to fall out of the tumbler. I don't know if you will be able to remove the tailgate hinges and turn the tailgate to gain access to the mount bolts for the bracket on the drivers fender that the latch grabs on to. If it is possible, the bracket will come off with the tailgate and you could access the cover bolts.
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