I acquired a Ford Econoline Pickup the other day and its a cool little truck. ...Until you get to the rear tailgate. I'm amazed that the back gate looks like they slapped a leftover tailgate from 1953 on the goddam thing. The truck has such nice smooth lines till you walk around the rear. I didnt know there was a crack epidemic in 1963. Those foot tall FORD letters are an especially nice touch. This is gonna be a shop truck, so I'm not trying to do anything blingy. Just what I thought Ford should have done in the first place. I took the old gate and cut the ends off of it to give me the correct body curve, and found a length of 1/8 wall tubing that matched the curve of the toprail Then I cut a fourth out of the length of the tube with a cutting wheel and four discs. Here are the saved ends and the 3/4 tube Then I put a lenghth of !" tube between the body hinge mounts. This was the weakest point of the old gate, so the full length tube is a good idea. Then I began to weld up the new framework. A length of 1/8 by 2 1/2 flat goes from the tube to the bed. The top rail is also welded in place between the two salvaged uprights. I was about ready to quit here. The whole thing looked like crap and kept twising as I'd weld. Then i remembered Ed Roth saying "dont give up on it. It just takes patience, It'll come around" Then I welded another 1/8 by 2 1/2 flat behind the toprail I used 18 ga. steel for the face.and bent a 1/4 inch lip on either side and tacked it in place. Here's the skin all tacked in place. Then I welded the chain clips back on. It would be easy to do an internal latching system like new trucks have, but I really want to keep this looking early 60"s In this pic you can see how nicely the curve of the gate matches the original body curve. Here's the finished product in primer Heres a pic of it completed.