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"Tire Chain" Tailgate For Pickups
"It makes my pickup more fuel efficient and lets me hook up to my fifth wheel trailer without having to get out of the cab," says William E. Erickson, Ellensburg, Wash., about the "tire chain" tailgate that he made for his 1992 Dodge pickup using an ordinary car tire chain.
  He removed the tailgate and drilled holes at the top and bottom on each side at the back of the bed. He uses heavy wire to make a loop in each hole. Then he attached two-headed snap rings to each end of the chain. To keep small items from slipping off the bed, he ran a 2 by 4 across the back of the box.
  "The chain bows down in the middle so I can back up to my fifth wheel RV trailer without having to drop the chain. Tire chains can be bought cheap at yard sales. Commercial louvered tailgates sell for $40 to $70 and solid air-flow models sell for about $150. When I sell the pickup I'll just put the original tailgate back on."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William E. Erickson
, 6980 Wilson Creek Rd., Ellensburg, Wash. 98926 (ph 509 925-1349).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6