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Old January 3rd, 2011, 01:12 PM
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110 Station Wagon half rear door

My 84 110 Station wagon has a hinged, one piece, rear door like all wagons of that vintage.

I would like to have a half door in the rear, where the bottom hinges down (like a series truck) and the top half (i.e. the glass) either hinges up, or continues to swing.

The folding bottom half would give me a convenient seat, workbench and would assist when carrying longer items that I can't fit inside with the door closed.

I'm tempted to split the existing door, move the bottom hinge up to the middle so that the glass portion can swing, and use some series hinges to hinge the bottom half down.

Anyone do something similar? Some pictures would be great, as well as any suggestions on what parts to use.

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Old January 3rd, 2011, 01:46 PM
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Old series trucks had the option of a drop down tailgate and lift up upper section so it's possible but the parts are very old.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 03:55 PM
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You can still buy these new for 90/110's. over here (UK) utility companies use them when they have a (large) winch fitted in place of the lower tailgate (with a capstan type bollard on it, for pulling in cables through underground ducts and drains etc)
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 04:01 PM
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You can still buy these new for 90/110's. over here (UK)
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 06:16 PM
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You can buy them new(ish) here, too. I have the parts ready to install on my 90 this spring, depending on the Honey Do list.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 10:43 PM
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Don't split the existing door. The lower part will make a crappy tailgate and the latch ends up in a funky spot. And the top part will make a lousy upper also, with a window opening that's too big. Just but the split tail gate/lift gate parts - they're not free but at least the install will be easy. Make sure you get the proper hinger hardware with the upper part since that can be a pain to source.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 03:09 AM
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