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"Lift Assist" Pickup Tailgate
Steve Nichols built an inexpensive “lift assist” system for his pickup tailgate using spring-loaded counterbalancers that he bought at a garage sale for 25 cents apiece.
    “When I bought them I figured that some day I’d install them on a utility trailer to help lift a swing-down loading ramp. I kept them for 4 or 5 years and finally hit upon the idea of installing them on my pickup tailgate.
    “I fabricated some mounting brackets, attached the cables to the tailgate, and adjusted the tension of the springs.
    “The counterbalancers are especially helpful when my hands are full and I need to close the tailgate. A slight lift with my elbow or knee and the counterbalancers take over. They close the tailgate with enough force that it latches securely.
    “I talked to the company that originally manufactured these units and found out they’re no longer making them.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Nichols, 1248 N. Seminary St., Galesburg, Ill. 61401 (ph 309 337-7141; stevelola77@gmail.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #5