What's the ugliest part of your truck's body? Some say the nose, and some say how it tows, but we say it's your tailgate. OK, so we used a weak parody of a Frank Zappa song to hook this story, but necessity truly is the mother of invention. The first thing to take a beating on any truck ever made is the tailgate. When it comes to customizing a classic truck, the problem is compounded by primitive designs that not only are clumsy; they don't lend themselves to clean looks. Never mind the funky appearance of the chain and hook arraignment Chevrolet and GMC used to latch both the Stepside and Fleetside tailgates, the darn things are notorious for scratching paint, and consequently causing rust.

These were the problems we faced when we decided it was time to pretty up the looks of our '66 Chevy shortbed Fleetside, and increase its functionality. Weighing our options and seeing what was available, it looked like firing off an order to the folks at Mar-K Quality Parts in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was a good way to go. The tailgate we chose is a beefy replacement for the original Chevy gate, and thanks to some built-in upgrades it cures all of the flaws inherent to a stock tailgate. At the top of our list, the Mar-K custom-fabricated tailgate eliminates the hook and chains with a super-clean flipped center-pull handle to open the tailgate. Not only does this save time and cut way down on chewing up the paint and bodywork, the flipped handle is as clean as it gets when it comes to customizing a tailgate.

SOURCE
Miller Electric
1635 W. Spencer Street
Appleton
WI  54912
920-734-9821
www.millerwelds.com
MAR-K Quality Parts
6625 W. Wilshire Blvd
Oklahoma City
OK  73132
405-721-7945
www.mar-k.com
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