GM Full-Size Trucks 1970-1979 Repair Guide

Tailgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: Pulling the hinge away from the body



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Fig. Fig. 2: Location of the torque rod and related tailgate components



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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the endgate, hinges and supports - Suburban shown

  1. Open and support the tailgate.
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  3. Remove the four bolts securing hinge to body on each side.
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  5. Disconnect the wiring harness if so equipped.
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  7. Disconnect the torque rod anchor plates on each side.
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It is necessary to remove the lower bolt only, then let the plate swing down.

  1. With an assistant, raise the tailgate part way, then disconnect the support cables from the tailgate.
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  3. Remove the tailgate by pulling the disconnected hinge from the body, then grasping the torque rod with one hand and pulling torque rod over the gravel deflector and lift off the tailgate.
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  5. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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