I haven't had much time to work on it. I've been dealing with my Dad, who has dementia, and had to put him in a nursing home. We are on our 3rd nursing home, trying to find him good care. It's a shame that the elderly are treated as throw away human beings. OK, let me step off this soap box...
Back to the truck build...I'm not happy with the omix ada rear corners. Both corners need to be sectioned down. The tailgate hits the corners because the opening is too small. The corners should be 11 1/2 inch from the side of the jeep to the tailgate opening (measured off my TJ, using a square). The omix corners are 11 7/8 and 11 3/4. I need to cut these down or buy different corners. I have a long weekend coming up, and hope to get some Jeep time.
I figured out my tailgate latches. I put the bearclaw latches on the tub. The latch bolts will be on the tailgate where the tailgate cables used to be. I had to build new tailgate brackets for the pins.
I will actuate the bearclaw latches with either solenoids or actuators. Anyone have any experience or can offer an opinion on which is better, actuators or solenoids?
I mocked up a Cadillac trunk actuator, but it didn't have enough umph to open the latches.
I just ordered a set of actuators for the bearclaw latches from ball's rods and Kustoms. Hopefully they will work. http://www.ballsrodandkustom.com/ind...ct_detail&p=48
I am going to run a TJ licence plate holder. I'm thinking about putting the switch to active the latches on the bottom of the TJ plate holder.
I got the latch and pins installed. It worked out good. I have to finish welding the brackets. The tailgate cables will be mounted on the bottom of the latch pin brackets. After that I'll shape the brackets so there not so square looking.
The actuators will be mounted directly to the latches. I hope these will be strong enough. With the tailgate seal in, the latches are harder to unlatch. I may end up getting some stronger door pop solenoids.
One more option I am thinking about for the tailgate latches is to put a tailgate handle below the tailgate in the square tube that the tailgate hinges are bolted to. I would have to run cables and a single pulley from the handle to the latches.
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I got the door lock actuators mounted to the tailgate bear claw latches. The actuators are not strong enough to open the latches when I have the tailgate seal installed. So now it's a set of strong solenoids (65 lbs), or a tailgate handle in the square tube below the tailgate.
Because I'm working a lot of overtime and taking care of family stuff, it's taking me a lot longer than I thought it was going to take. I'm lucky if I get 2 hours a week to work on it. I have toyed with the idea of selling the bed. If its taking me this long to build just the bed, I don't how long it's going to take to build a whole Jeep.
Once I figure out how I'm going to actuate the latches (electrically or manually) I can get the corners welded and attached to the bed. I won't finish the floor until I get the bed mounts built and welded in.