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How to swap your twin barn doors for a tailgate
Spock Spock is offline 11-10-07, 22:52
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there are two types of tailgate and hinges.
91-96 and 96-03

if you fit an early tailgate to a late van it might not open fully
the mounts for the struts are in different places on the door

early door


late door


see the early door has the fixing higher up

early hinge


later hinge


here's the door i got.




i took the seal off the window and replaced it after it was painted


first thing you need to do is disconnect the wires from behind the rear light clusters

then undo the hinges with a 6mm allen key.
some of them came out easy.
some had to be removed using a bolt remover.



take all the catches off



you need to use one of the plates for the new centre catch.
i just whacked it loose and moved it over.
you need to use the bolts that come with the center catch as they are slighlty longer than the ones off the twin doors.




you need to drill some hole for the hinges




you now need a mate to help lift the new tailgate into position.
use a prop to keep it open while you tighten the nuts on the hinges and fit the struts




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Re: How to swap your twin barn doors for a tailgate
02-06-13, 15:09 #21
scoobyra
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Just read through this and it looks pretty straight forward. I've heard that you need to reinforce the hinge plates. is this correct, and, if so, with what?
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Re: How to swap your twin barn doors for a tailgate
02-06-13, 15:59 #22
scoobyra
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Great 'how to'

I've heard that you have to reinforce where the hinges bolt up to the body? Is this correct?
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Re: How to swap your twin barn doors for a tailgate
26-07-13, 00:27 #23
Spock
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I bought a tap and die set that has a left hand thread.
Drill a little hole down the centre of the bolt.
Then screw the winder in.
Because its left hand as it gets tight in will undo the bolt.


Similar to this one.
http://www.toolstation.com/m/part.ht...FYPHtAodFUQAkQ



 
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30-06-15, 19:12 #24
Snapiesworld
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Hi Guys does anyone have a parts list for this project as i have a door but no other parts such as lock, hinges, braces etc
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Re: How to swap your twin barn doors for a tailgate
01-07-15, 21:39 #25
Snapiesworld
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Has anyone had trouble fitting a early door to a late van? As mine is a 1999 and all i can find is 1996 tailgates currently?
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Re: How to swap your twin barn doors for a tailgate
16-09-15, 12:17 #26
rob_talisman
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im tempted to have a go at this at some point......... need to get the rest convered first.
 
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21-04-17, 19:46 #27
fazzybear
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Sorry to.drag up old post but where exactly do.you splice into existing loom for.power??
 
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