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Old 07-12-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default 1940 ford pickup tailgate chain install

Can any one help me with photos of the tailgate chains, hooks and retainer springs for a 1940 ford pickup. The truck was brought to our shop in parts for paint and reassembly.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1940 ford pickup tailgate chain install

I took a bit of video showing the chains, here are some stills from it as I haven't published it.

The truck is parked right by the back door, if you want any more let me know.

No springs on this job.

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Here ya go...
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Ah. so the ARE springs, then, Mike. Are they just a safety device, to stop accidental unlatching of the hook, or is there some sort of anti-rattle function?
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Ah. so the ARE springs, then, Mike. Are they just a safety device, to stop accidental unlatching of the hook, or is there some sort of anti-rattle function?
Gosh Mart, I can't tell you with any authority why there were springs. I can tell you that originally - there were.
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More photos. I think the spring loaded catch acts as a safety device to insure the hook on the strap stays engaged with the eye on the tailgate. If you need more detail PM me and I'll take some closeups.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:04 AM   #7
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I don't have springs on my chains but I can see how they would make lowering the tailgate easier. Without them I have to put pressure on the gate so the hook doesn't slide out as I hook the opposite side. Sometimes it take a couple of tries.
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