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Tailgate hinges

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by MarkEagleUSA, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I tried replacing my tailgate hinges yesterday and ran into a little snag. The truck-side trunions were a piece of cake to swap out, the problem is that the ones on the tailgate itself appear to be welded... I can bend the upper half away but the "cup" end seems solid against the sheet metal.

    These are the newer style with the single bolt hole at the top. Am I missing something here? Do they need to be removed with a chisel?
     
  2. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I played around with the hinges a little more tonight and they appear to definitely be welded on. Tried a chisel but it's more than just a spot weld. I didn't want to force anything so I gave up (again) before doing more damage than I was willing to do.

    Has anyone successfully installed new hinges and if so what's the secret?
     
  3. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Can't help you if we don't know what your ride is.Are you referring to your sig. 97?????
     
  4. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    That would be it!
     
  5. dpw2002

    dpw2002 Junior Member
    from NNJ
    Messages: 13

    I used a 4 1/2 in grinder with a thin cutting disk on my 99 obs chevy.
     
  6. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I guess they are welded? Does the replacement hinge actually hold with just the one bolt? I would think it might try to rotate.

    And here I thought this was going to be a quick and simple repair. Turns out to be one of the most difficult so far! :realmad:
     
  7. dpw2002

    dpw2002 Junior Member
    from NNJ
    Messages: 13

    The tailgate side hinge is the female of the 2. The 1 bolt holds it fine. Replaced mine 2 yrs ago, the tailgate was rusty. Now i am afraid to put any weight on that side. Rust never sleeps.
     
  8. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I might find out for myself if I can ever get the old ones off. I tried again today to remove them and they are most definitely welded. I stopped trying to chisel them off when the surrounding metal on the tailgate started to deform. I guess I'll have to find a thin cutoff wheel and try that route.