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Classic Has anyone changed a RRC upper tailgate barrel?

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  1. inthshed

    inthshed Member

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    Hi, The restoration of my 1980 RRC 2 door is nearly complete.
    I need to replace the barrel on my upper tailgate (unless anyone knows a way of sourcing a key for it!), but I can't see an obvious way of removing the old one from the handle. Any ideas? Cheers.
     
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    Western Slope Rover Well-Known Member

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    Your ignition key doesn't work?
     
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    Remove the handle from the tailgate via the two bolts. Then you will see two Phillips screws that hold a cover plate to the handle, remove the screws and the lock barrel will come out. Keep the parts in the order that they come out. There is a slot in the handle so you can only fit it one way.
     
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    Likely a RRC of that age will have a separate smaller single sided key - mines an '86 & that's what it has.
     
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    Nope, far too big.
     
  6. inthshed

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    Yes, that's what I'm assuming as well. I also have a '72 RRC (albeit with a shell from the 80's) which has exactly that.
     
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    Ideal, thanks. I only re-fitted the handle a few weeks ago.....must have missed the cover plate, duh!
     
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    I have 3 RRC's from the 90's, so I didn't know about the smaller key. I do know that the ignition key from the 90 will open the 93's tailgate and a tailgate on a mate's car, as well. Do you have a tailgate key for the 72? It might work.
     
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    Tried that!
     
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    All this talk of keys to open doors.. Pfff.
    I have remote fob don't you know!! :rolleyes::p:p:p
     
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    So, I removed the handle this morning, located the small cover plate and undid the two retaining screws. I then left it soaking in WD40. On the assumption that the cover plate was made of something reasonably substantial (like....oh, I dunno....steel maybe?) I have just tried to gently lever it up....only to watch a piece of it peel away. You can see the gap to the left of the top screw, and a bit that has bent upwards (just above the bottom screw). It might be made of very thin lead (but why?) or possibly cheesecake? Just before I ruin it completely, can anyone throw some light on what happens next?! Many thanks.
     

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    Is there a circlip on the shaft base at the plate?
    Maybe tapping on it using a punch or something to break any crud seal acting on it?
     
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    Hi. The shaft you can see is the plunger that is activated by the Chrome push button. This moves freely in and out and doesn't inhibit this 'gasket' in any way.
     
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    It'll be die-cast metal. Soft and cheesy it is.
     
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    I would scrape the paint away from around the plate and see if it eases the grip on it..
     
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    I've found a replacement plunger a 'bit' cheaper, but it's still £70 !!
    Yup, more WD40 and even more patience I reckon.
     
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    PlusGas.
     
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    TBH I have had to Google that....is it really any better than WD40 ?
     
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    WD40 is, as the name implies, a Water Dispersant, not a release agent, PlusGas is certainly better for seized bolts etc.
     
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