If your Ford had a Matthew McConaughey, it would be a Lincoln

Two steps forward, one step back.

In the last few weeks, my tailgate had developed the habit of randomly dropping down as I drove. I managed to nurse one of the latches back to life with some white grease, but it was a tenuous hold at best. So, I ordered a complete rebuild kit for the mechanism. Including new hinges and cables.

I found lots of rusty bits.

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The seam sealer on the driver’s side is starting to fail.

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The original hinge pin on the passenger side was trapped by the replacement bedside I had installed by the El cheapo body shop many moons ago. I’m sure I could have pried it out, but elected to say screw it, and only replaced three of the four original hinge parts.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaand the mounting tabs on the passenger side taillight housing disintegrated. If you look closely at my top shot, the tail light is held in place by packing tape. I ordered a new pair off eBay for $85.

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FryGuy says it broke because we were drunk.

t least the tailgate works well again, and is nice and secure. All in, with the new tail lights, it’ll be a $200 repair. Not too bad. It’s pushing 14 years old now. The rust is really starting to take a toll on the old girl though. That kills me.

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