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Removing tailgate handle on panelvan - permanently

Howdy,
Has anyone permanently removed their T-bar handle from a panel van tailgate? Mine needs replacing, but I'd rather remove it completely, have the hole welded up and install a boot release style mechanism.

I'm not sure what's easiest but a couple of ideas could be - use a couple of electronic solenoids or have a cable leading to the cabin with a pull lever (ala older boot releases on sedans). I think I'd have to convert the old struts to heavy duty gas struts aswell.

If anyone has any more suggestions or even details on the above ideas would be well appreciated. Photos would be very handy.

Thanks,

Shannon

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Hydraulic lifts, like are used to tilt outboard motors to put them onto trailers.

Once closed, they wont be opened in a hurry, and as a bonus you can control them from the cabin.

Dont ask me how though, its just an Idea

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hey make sure u keep the website posted once u work out what u end up doing...
I'm planning on doing the same thing to my van deleting the rear t-bar handle.. there's have to be some way of doing, a couple I have thought of are -
installing a wagon type shutter, as in for example a commodore rear tailgate shuts down with a striker at one point and the lock attached to the tailgate. and to release the lock install a cable release which pops the tailgate open... most modern cars / 90's have boot release cables etc so i couldn't imagine it would be too hard to transfer something over...
thats the easiest method I can think of the other would be like a completely electric operated type release where the bars which already lock in place to shut the tailgate operate off some kind of motor?
eh its all ideas I think I'm going to try the first idea...
anyway good luck with yours let us all know what u end up doing
damien (xpanelvanx)

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My Subaru wagon had the electric door lock relay solenoid thing that locked and unlocked it pretty simple arrangement you just attached the relay to the frame and hooked a couple of rods from the end of the relay to the lock operating rods, dead simple. Bit of a problem when it failed though had a bugger of a job getting the hatch open.

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