Our beloved classic pickups have a lot of neat attributes but a rattling tailgate and those ugly, noisy tailgate chains sure ain't one of 'em. So what do ya you do: live with it, or find a way around that classic design? One great option is to get your hands on a rotary-style latch and link kit from Mar-K and convert your tailgate into a smooth operating, secure chainless version. Mar-K's kit comes with everything you need including step-by-step installation instructions.

These kits work on '53-72 Ford short Flaresides. They also have kits designed for use on '76-87 short Flaresides and '53-87 long Flaresides as well. Unlike many other latches on the market, these are rotary-style latches like the newer-model pickups use to open and close the tailgate. So, if you're tired of rattling tailgates and the paint chips associated with those old swinging chains, take a look at just what the Mar-K kit consists of and what kind of chore the installation is.