Working on a classic Chevrolet El Camino? The tailgate is probably the last thing you'd consider updating. However, you'll want to make sure to get yours right if you want to fully complete your restoration project. There's much to learn about one, too -- which is where our auto parts store comes in.

For one, since the tailgate lowers to make it easier to load or unload items, there are more components than just the shell to consider. The hardware involved in the tailgate assembly is also essential, since that's what actually allows you to lower and raise the shell. Some other critical parts of a tailgate, and what they do, are as follows:

  • Lock: works with accessories like tonneau covers to secure your cargo.
  • Lift support: makes opening the tailgate easier, using compression to prop the panel up.
  • Hinge: connects the tailgate to the frame of your car, allowing the former to be opened.
  • Latch and handle: work together to pull the rods connected to the outside panel latches, retracting them and releasing the tailgate so you can lift it.
  • Trim: paneling on top of the tailgate that safeguards its upper portion. Some trim even adds a stylish look to boot.
  • Lock solenoid: activates the spring-trigged locking mechanism that secures some tailgates. It works with a relay, which does as its name implies for the current that triggers the lock.
  • Lock cylinder: accepts the right key to lock and unlock the tailgate handle. It works with a striker bolt and bushing to keep the tailgate secure.
  • Seal: closes gaps around the tailgate.

If your tailgate shell is rusted, scratched, or dented, you'll want to replace it with a new one. If your hardware is still in working order, however, changing the shell shouldn't take much time at all. Just be sure to carefully inspect the bolts, hinges, retaining cables, and any electrical components. If they're showing excessive wear and tear, it's best to replace everything at once. Don't forget to upgrade to a shiny new tailgate handle while you're at it!

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Ordering all these and more is a breeze when you buy from us. Our online auto parts store should have everything you need for a DIY project, in stock and ready to ship right out. Save both time and money and buy now!

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1978-87 El Camino Tailgate Rods To Handle (pr)
Part Number: 280029
Description: 1978-87 El Camino Tailgate Rods To Handle (pr) More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
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1968-72 El Camino Tailgate Hinge Pin (2 Req)
Part Number: 9712980
Description: 1968-72 El Camino Tailgate Hinge Pin (2 Req) More Info
MSRP $3.48
$2.99
MSRP $3.48
$2.99
1964-1967 EL Camino Tailgate Shell (OVERSIZE ITEM)
Part Number: 1429D-104
Description: 1964 1967 A1 EL Camino Tailgate Shell (OVERSIZE ITEM) NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SHIPPING CALL FOR SHIPPING QUOTE More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
1964-1967 Tailgate Handle (import)
Part Number: 4411638I
Description: Handle Tailgate Handle (Import) Handle Tailgate Handle (Import) 1964-1967 Tailgate Handle (import) More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
1964-1967 El Camino & Wagon Hinge Escutcheon Set MADE IN USA
Part Number: 4464284
Description: Escutcheon Set Tailgate Hinge Escutcheon Set (Made In USA) Escutcheon Set Tailgate Hinge Escutcheon Set (Made In USA)... More Info
$19.00
$19.00
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1968-1977 Cable to Body Bolt
Part Number: 4914GM
Description: Bolt El Camino Tailgate To Body Bolt (Discontinued GM Part, Limited Stock Available) Bolt El Camino Tailgate To Body Bolt... More Info
$16.44
$16.44
1968-1972 Support Assist Spring Set
Part Number: 77361323
Description: 1968-1972 Support Assist Spring Set More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
1968-1972 Tailgate Bumper
Part Number: 7740806
Description: 1968-1972 Tailgate Bumper More Info
$1.50
$1.50
1973-1977 Support Assist Spring Set
Part Number: 98903589
Description: 1973-1977 Support Assist Spring Set More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
1968-1977 Cable Straps, Springs, Upper & Lower Bolts Kit
Part Number: 1498K
Description: 1968-1977 Cable Straps, Springs, Upper & Lower Bolts Kit More Info
MSRP $39.36
$22.49
MSRP $39.36
$22.49
1964-1967 Tailgate Handle MADE IN USA
Part Number: 4411638A
Description: Tailgate Handle Made In USA Tailgate Handle Made In USA 1964-1967 Tailgate Handle MADE IN USA More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
1968-1972 Tailgate Latch Set
Part Number: 777883
Description: Latch Set 1968-72 El Camino Tailgate Latch Set Latch Set 1968-72 El Camino Tailgate Latch Set 1968-1972 Tailgate Latch Set More Info
Not For Sale
Not For Sale
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