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How does everyone have theirs setup? I just pulled mine off to get things moving for the re-paint and noticed that it was only run through the driver side hinge. I talked to my dad, who originally restored the car, and he said something about the torsion bar messing up the curve of the lift gate and he was told to not attach it to both hinges. the passenger side still has the middle part that looks like it would hook into something.

Whats the word on this? does not affect me now, but will in about 6 months when this thing hopefully starts going back together.
 

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Do yourself a favor and remove them both and sell them on Ebay or put them on a shelf. All they do is cause problems with the cast lift gate. If yours was never straightened, it probably needs it. If it fits good now, you lucked out.
 

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we specialize in the nomad liftgates and are pretty dialed in with how they twist and where everything needs to be as far as re-arching/straightening back to factory specs. the reality of it is, it didn't take very long for the rods to mess up the liftgate. I have a picture of my dads 57 nomad in the 60s and the liftgate is already twisted. those rods have a lot of torsion on them, and the potmetal gates cant hold up very long with them attached. in fact, we have a brass liftgate off an early 55 model here that is twisted/bent, thats how tough those rods are. definitely remove them, unfortunately the damage is already done. if it hasn't been straightened before, it most likely needs straightening. if you want to email me some pictures of your gate, I can usually tell within a matter of seconds if its twisted or not. you can email or text pictures to my phone, doesn't matter much to me. [email protected] (310) 528-0482

a lot of guys upgrade to the gas struts to replace the stock chrome supports, which accommodate the torsion rods, but do so in a way that wont impact the gate negatively. they are very user friendly compared to the stock setup and with the polished stainless option look just as good in my opinion. when you remove the torsion rods and keep the stock chrome supports, the liftgate is heavy to lift because you don't have the assist of the torsion rods, which is why guys upgrade to the gas struts. a classic line that I hear from time to time is that guys tell me there gate cant be bent because the nomad has been in a barn with the liftgate in the closed position for over 25 years or so. when the liftgate is in the closed position that's where its at its worst. the torsion rods are trying to push the gate up, but with tailgate closed it has no where to go, so it pushes the top portion of the liftgate and twists. people will say that gates get twisted from driving with the liftgate in the up position, but that is not true. the gate in the up position is actually the best position for it to be as far as tension on the rods.

feel free to call or email us if you have anymore questions or need anymore information regarding this. like I said above, liftgates are our specialty and we have done hundreds up to this point. we also have access to one of the best potmetal specialists in the country, I have yet to see a better plating job on these gates. guaranteed.
 

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I am not sure how long you have been around, but my dad had this liftgate straightened back in the late 1990s. I think it was sent to a person who advertised in the Nomad club magazine. it looked spot on when I removed it. honestly there was really no "help" when lifting that thing, I am pretty sure that even though that one side is attached, it was not doing anything.

Will look into the gas shocks, still has original sliders, but we rarely had the liftgate up at shows or even in the garage.
 

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pretty sure it wasn't us who straightened it because I was still in highschool at the time :sign0020:

definitely remove the rods. if you ever have doubts of the gas struts, or aren't sure, we commonly send these kits out to people to install so they can see how they work before purchasing.

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I've used Mike to straighten out my gate (and I should have listened to him and have him rechrome it too....lousy Mike, always right!) and used his strut system on my liftgate too. 100% recommend anything this guy says to do with Nomads. Don't question the expert!!!!
 

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I've used Mike to straighten out my gate (and I should have listened to him and have him rechrome it too....lousy Mike, always right!) and used his strut system on my liftgate too. 100% recommend anything this guy says to do with Nomads. Don't question the expert!!!!
Thanks for the kind words Dave. I always tell people if they aren't going to use us for chrome, to make sure they see a finished gate before hand from the shop they choose. Chrome shops really beat these things up, and all the definition and sharp lines are usually destroyed after the chroming process. We are on the higher end of the price spectrum but there are no surprises and you get exactly what you pay for. they are beautiful

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How does everyone have theirs setup? I just pulled mine off to get things moving for the re-paint and noticed that it was only run through the driver side hinge. I talked to my dad, who originally restored the car, and he said something about the torsion bar messing up the curve of the lift gate and he was told to not attach it to both hinges. the passenger side still has the middle part that looks like it would hook into something.

Whats the word on this? does not affect me now, but will in about 6 months when this thing hopefully starts going back together.
I just installed gas struts on my 56 Nomad and they work great! I got them on line at http://www.autopartsbylou.com only about $56.00 for the pair. You have to be carefull which ones you get. They are all different lengths, and are rated by pounds of lift. The ones I got where 10" compressed and 16" fully extended. They were rated at 50lbs and that works just right. I used the old mounting brackets and the same pivot points. Had to drill out the rivits that held the old mechanical struts. You can get them in the pivot ball type or the blade type that bolt on. I chose the the bolt on type. And of course MaddMooks has a complete kit you can use. Good luck!
 

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I just installed gas struts on my 56 Nomad and they work great! I got them on line at http://www.autopartsbylou.com only about $56.00 for the pair. You have to be carefull which ones you get. They are all different lengths, and are rated by pounds of lift. The ones I got where 10" compressed and 16" fully extended. They were rated at 50lbs and that works just right. I used the old mounting brackets and the same pivot points. Had to drill out the rivits that held the old mechanical struts. You can get them in the pivot ball type or the blade type that bolt on. I chose the the bolt on type. And of course MaddMooks has a complete kit you can use. Good luck!
good info. im all for the do it yourselfer and many times have pointed people in the right direction that wanted to construct their own kit. as far as the 50 pound rating, Im not sure I would go that high. we use 40. when you get up in the 50 area , theres a lot of pressure that it can actually move ur liftgate if your bolts aren't tight enough that hold ur hinges. it will shift ur gate up towards the roof and misalign your gate. just be kind of aware of that when choosing a pressure rating. now if you torque down ur hinge bolts real tight, then this might not be an issue. a lot of guys that put these struts on their cars don't have their headliner down where they can access the hinge bolts. anymore info feel free to contact us via phone or email.

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I will definitely be looking at getting those gas struts from you in the spring when this thing is hopefully out of the paint booth and going back together. Torsion bar will be removed as well.
 

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I have Mike's kit on my Delivery and they work 100%. Good guy to work with and stands behind his kits. :tu
 
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