How do you get the tailgate open on station wagon 68 satellite?

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  1. Wizard

    Wizard Well-Known Member

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    Have a 68 Satellite station wagon that I just rolled the back window down manually and now I can't get the window back up. so I figured it needs lubed up and trying to get the tailgate open but cant to take off the panel to get to the window mechanism gears and rollers.

    There is a lever on the inside of the door that says Gate and Door. Does that have anything to do with it or maybe the door is locked and need to put key in it and unlock it.

    Thnks,

    Wizard

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    You move the lever one way to have it open as a door (hinges on the driver's side) and the other way to open as a tail gate. If I recall correctly there is a mechanism on the passenger side that prevents you from opening either way unless the glass is all the way down. Unfortunately in order to get at that you have to have the inner panel off. I know I'd been able to remove that panel with the gate up on 3 b body wagons I've owned over the years. One was a 62, a 66 and a 69. Be careful trying to force the window crank. The coupler that hooks the crank/lock mechanism to the window mechanism is cast aluminum and will snap on you. They're tough to find. (The key slot in the crank handle just locks/unlocks the window mechanism. No effect on the door.)
     
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    I had to directly connect a battery to the gate window motor on my 67, as the current from the car's battery wasn't strong enough through all the wiring.

    I also liberally sprayed WD-40 everywhere I could see that had a latch, hinge, or a gear, including the handle mechanisms.

    Eventually it opened. The hinges were very bound up with rust and had to be rocked back and forth before it would open fully.

    Note that 67 is fold down only, while 68 is fold down or swing out IIRC.
     
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    On the driver side, with the window down. You can see the catch that opens the gate.a long flat screwdriver will flip it open. Allowing access.
     
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    Wizard Well-Known Member

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    Okay, will check that out. which side is the hinges on? Driver side or passenger side?
     
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    Passenger.
     
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    Driver side for door mode. Both sides for gate mode.
     
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    If all else fails...

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