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: Removing License Plate holder pocket from tailgate


HarleyM
01-02-2009, 09:12 AM
I am trying to remove the License plate pocket from the 79 tailgate so I can get at some rust forming at the edges before I paint. Is there a trick to removing it? It is in pretty good shape, I don't want to break it by forcing it out the wrong way.

Thanks,
HarleyM

1BadElky
01-02-2009, 10:06 AM
unbolt the 4 bolts in the tailgate and pull it out. I don't remember any special trick. I don't remember if the screws from the tag light go into sheet metal or not. I doubt it.

zo6vette037
01-02-2009, 03:18 PM
unbolt the 4 bolts in the tailgate and pull it out. I don't remember any special trick. I don't remember if the screws from the tag light go into sheet metal or not. I doubt it.


Yup you are right. Unbolt the 4 bolts on the inside of the tailgate, then pull the housing out, and the light is held onto the housing with two little screws. Should come out, but there is usually a gasket around the housing and tailgate so just wiggle it until comes off.

John D
01-02-2009, 04:59 PM
Don't mean to make more work for you, but...

I saw a '79/'80 Elky where the "hole" for the license was filled/patched over (smoothing the tailgate), and he was running a different year rear bumper (one with a license plate recess) - possibly off a sedan or wagon - I just don't remember anymore.

Anyway... it looked really good.

HarleyM
01-04-2009, 09:27 AM
Dang that was easy! I was purely looking from the outside and thinking the plate was pressure fitted with little ears or something. Removing the 4 bolts on the inside of the tailgate did the trick.

It was so obvious I don't know how I missed it. I will blame the black sprayon bedliner the past owner used to camoflauge these bolts up.

I was about to pull out the BFH and then decided to post the question to the group. I am glad I did and appreciate all the responses.!

Carretera
01-04-2009, 11:24 AM
You brought an excellent point as I am preparing for a DYI bed liner. You should mask off those little critters in case you have to take the pocket off. By the way I could use a pocket in like new condition cheap. Thanks

1BadElky
01-04-2009, 05:11 PM
Don't mean to make more work for you, but...

I saw a '79/'80 Elky where the "hole" for the license was filled/patched over (smoothing the tailgate), and he was running a different year rear bumper (one with a license plate recess) - possibly off a sedan or wagon - I just don't remember anymore.

Anyway... it looked really good.

were the taillights still in the bumper? the only way I know of to do it is use a rollpan from an aftermarket company.

John D
01-05-2009, 02:42 PM
were the taillights still in the bumper?

Yup, I saw this car probably 15+ years ago, so my memory is foggy. It used a stock bumper with stock lights & license recess.... unless someone did an outstanding job of modifying a bumper for lights & having it re-chromed. The other thing that was cool was he compressed the bumper "energy absorbers" an inch or two, and welded them. Tucked the bumpers into the body really nice!

It just stands out as the car was all black, and 99% de-chromed, just "evil" looking in a good way!