Thanks Bill, I will take a look at you photobucket and thanks for the info you are a great help.
The back end has had a ruff life but i'm happy to see that it on the right track.
I have a idea with the handles off the tailgate (not liftgate) If they are the same and the costs are allright can you have them casted by someone near you?
O'brien truckers does a lot off that stuff.
Let me know what you thoughts are on this please.
I have three tin woodies. One '50 and two '52 models.I'm doing a resto-mod of one of the 52 Chevy tin woodies now. You can see photos at Photobucket:
52 Tin Woody Project Photos by tavishdad | Photobucket
We're doing the sheet metal repair at this time. The piano hinge is .062 material, 2" wide (open), 1" knuckle length, .187 dia wire. I believe it is 53" long but you will probably need to buy one 60" or 72" long and cut it to length. It is screwed into the top of the tailpan and to the bottom of the tailgate. Every 8" or so. If you don't have existing holes to match, you can buy it predrilled. You can then elongate the holes a bit on one side so you can have a bit of right/left adjustment of the tailgate when mounting it. Can't help with the rubber seals since none of mine had them when i got them. Good luck on finding the handles and arms; only one of mine had the inside and outside latch handles for the tailgate.