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Old August 28th, 2010, 04:54 PM
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Tailgate Conversion: drop-down to swing-away

So I am getting close to finishing my rebuild and find myself again in unknown territory. I have an '83 110 with the big station wagon rear door. I have a lift-up hatch and a drop-down tailgate I would like to use instead of the door. I have all the parts for the hatch so I think that is a straight bolt-in on the top.

Instead of installing it as a drop-down tailgate, I thought about using the 2 door hinges and making it a swing-out tailgate like on the 90's. Can anyone verify if this is possible? It doesn't seem like the holes will line up where the door hinges attaches to the tailgate. And what about the door latch? Thanks in advance.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 10:07 PM
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Yes, you can convert to a swing away. Someone must have a diagram of the holes on a NAS tailgate. The latch and stricker is the same as the SW door albeit lower (IIRC). Holes are plugged or covered by bolts on NAS tailgates.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 10:12 PM
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If you'd like I can dig up some pictures but i did this with my trailer. I had the luxury of having a nas to compare to but it was easy. I had to drill a few holes and you'll be left with a few extra holes but you can just put a bolt through them.

In my case I just used the same anti-luce latch on the left to hold it closed but fitting a latch should be straight forward too
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Any info, diagrams, or pics would greatly be appreciated!
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Old August 28th, 2010, 10:28 PM
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Best I have handy. Will get you some better ones next time I get the trailer.
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I've had the same thought on mine, where did you get the lift up hatch and tailgate?
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Thanks Charles. At least now I know it is possible. I guess it's just a matter of lining things up. I would really like to use a door latch on the other side instead of the anti-luce. That is my back up plan. Anyone with a picture of how the latch is placed? I looked at the latch on the current rear door and I am not seeing how it will attach to the tailgate.

Tristan, I found the lift-up door and tailgate on landroverexchange.com a few months ago.
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Here is what I did.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=20349

FWIW I kind of wish I had stuck with the standard fold down tailgate on mine as it makes a nice work bench or place to sit

I wish rovers north still had the NTO fold down gates as I would switch back to the drop down style
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Funny I had completely forgotten about your thread Dave. You do a great job of documenting what you did, and I pretty much did the same thing. In our case we had the luxury of the fold down style hinges to help position the tailgate first, and NAS doors as a reference too.

And it's also funny that the moment I switched mine over I missed the fold down too. But the swing open pros outweigh the cons I think (at least for my trailer). I'll try keep you in mind when I go to sell it (once Janey sells) but I have one of those NTO gates left (unmolested). If someone else plans on going the swing out route you can trade. Unless I decide to go swing down first

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Here is what I did.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=20349

FWIW I kind of wish I had stuck with the standard fold down tailgate on mine as it makes a nice work bench or place to sit

I wish rovers north still had the NTO fold down gates as I would switch back to the drop down style
I would trade as it would save me from converting.
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Hey Dave, thanks for the link! It looks like your latch is different than the one I have on my SW rear door. Mine comes with a keylock. I wonder if I will have to buy a new one. Did you by any chance take measurements of where you drilled for the latch?

As for the dropgate, I thought about that, then I remember what a PIA it is to get into my Series III with the gate down.
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