50 Ford Truck - Tail Gate Lock
We built a custom bed cover for this pickup and the customer wanted it lockable. As seen the key lock outer retainer is visible but all the work to make it happen was on the inside. Lets take a look at what it took.
Another view shows the lock and the pin on the opposite sides of the wall.
This view shows the tail gate catch and bed side pin and how it latches and stays shut.
We started with a 67 Truck lock and re machined some parts to make it work with our tailgate.
The paper mock up shows a cantilever action unit which will allow locking but also a push button lock system inside the lock to open the tail gate by releasing the pin.
A close-up of the pin and lever system which goes inside the bed rails.
It works smoothly and now the customer can have style and lock his belongings under the bed cover from potential thieves in the night and or day!