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#1 Lt.Worf

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 02:35 PM

Hi! guys. Im new to ratsun and I have a quick question. Will a tailgate from a datsun 521 pickup (don't know the year) fit my 1966 datsun 520 truck? I been looking to just buy a tailgate but i found a guy on craigslist selling the whole bed with the tailgate included. He's not selling separately so before making the purchase i want to make sure the tailgate fits my truck. Thank you for your time.



#2 datzenmike

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 03:36 PM

Welcome to Ratsun Mr. Worf. I can only find one part number for the 520/521 truck. I guess you might be in luck.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 04:07 PM

As far as I know they are the same.  You may find the tailgate doesn't fit perfectly due to the hinge leaves welded on to the bed and they may need some massaging to get a perfect fit.


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#4 Lt.Worf

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 04:45 PM

Thank you guys for your fast response. I have a feeling i will be here doing a lot of research. :)



#5 Charlie69

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 05:04 PM

65 to 68 520 and 68 72 521 use the same tail gate.  I have run into the hinges being a half inch off on another tail from the one that came on my 66 520.  I will cut of one or both hinge halfs from my truck and install them on the tail gate and them ailign the tail gate to the bed and tac the hinge half to the bed with a welder, remome the tail gate pins and tail gate and finish the welding