Yes that's why those plates are there and you can do the swap from barn door
to tailgate. I'm working a deal with someone to get a complete setup for
that swap myself. . .everything is taken care of except my schedule for
traversing the 1500 mile round trip distance to get it. It's not trivial
project but is doable and is about the same as my 58 to 56 front end sheet
Tailgate setups tend to be hard to find, to be rusted out, to have broken
hinges, and to be missing the swing out third brake light/license plate
frame. I have one setup that is so rough and missing parts that I decided to
look for another. . .which I did find eventually.
People have told me I'm crazy for wanting to do this swap as the lift gate
tends to be too high (especially on napco trucks which yours is, right? . . .
and mine will be someday), and I know for a fact that they can be fragile. .
. the hinge issue is a real problem. . .but I just like them better than the
Good luck in your search.
Knoxville, TN and Idaho Falls, ID
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I noticed on my 58 suburban with rear panel doors that there are
several "plates" along the vertical panel door jamb and upper jambs
which appear to have no function. I speculate that these plates cover
the mounting areas for the optional drop/lift gate assembly had the
owner ordered the suburban with drop gates instead of panel doors.
Does anyone know if a drop/lift gate assembly will bolt right in with
the appropriate accompanying hardware?
Also, was 59 drop/lift gate assembly identical to the 58 assemblies?? I
think they were. Does anyone know of a complete decent condition
58 or 59 drop/lift gate assembly??? I want to swap out my panel
doors as this is more of a family truck than a work truck.
Eric Pesci >>
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