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Converto Tailgate Rod Mod

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:40 pm
by mxreid
Restoring my Converto, I had to make a new tailgate dump rod. While building it I figured out why all the rods I have seen were bent. When the tailgate handle is pulled forward to open the tailgate, the front bracket that the rod hooks to never had clearance as it goes over center. This causes the bracket to be forced upward and bends the rod. I took a disk grinder and made a divot in the bracket to give it clearance. Now when the lever is pulled the rod stays straight. A simple and quick mod to remedy a common problem.
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Re: Converto Tailgate Rod Mod

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 11:53 am
by 17thAirborne
Smart idea and very unobtrusive.

Re: Converto Tailgate Rod Mod

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:14 pm
by peko
Good idea ;) I think I will be doing the same ;)