M1009 tailgate issue

jimm1009

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Hello fellow MVers. I have had an M1009 that I have put about 230,000 miles on as it's first civilian owner. It was my daily for 20+ years until I decide to drive a car that was easier on fuel.
Anyway, I digress. AS you can imagine, parts wear out at times and must be repaired or replaced.
When I purchase my truck from Ft. Polk Louisiana the read glass was broken out and some of the tailgate latching mechanism was broken.
After working on it and cleaning the sugar sand out from the instrument panel, I found an electric tailgate in a junk yard from a GMC Jimmy which is the same truck but a different logo.
This donor truck was burned out in the front from an engine fire on a gas version.
Anyway, $50 later I had a used but good tailgate installed and have been happy with it. The riser cable broke in it due to wear but the transmission is what actually wore out.
While in there lubing the riser and checking things over I found that the return spring on the right side latch was broken. Now LMC truck has the latch but I have never purchase one from them.
My query for the group is has anyone purchased one of their's or an even better one from another supplier.
I did not go to Parts.com yet but will although I suspect that these have long since been sold out in the OEM line.
Raising not a white flag but a flag for assistance. The spring is actually what has broken but I do not see a way to find a spring without hours and hours of research so a nice new latch would be welcome. Salvage yards are drying up on these older trucks too although a 30 year old, gently used part could also work.
Jim
 

jimm1009

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Tell me what you need. I know I have it used and OEM. I may even have NEW OEM. I do know how hard K5 Blazer gate parts are to find. Been a long time.
I need the right side latch that grabs the hook on the tailgate opening in the body.
I can send a picture via email if needed.
The left side is different for electric tailgate but right is the same for both.
Jim
 

dougco1

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Hello fellow MVers. I have had an M1009 that I have put about 230,000 miles on as it's first civilian owner. It was my daily for 20+ years until I decide to drive a car that was easier on fuel.
Anyway, I digress. AS you can imagine, parts wear out at times and must be repaired or replaced.
When I purchase my truck from Ft. Polk Louisiana the read glass was broken out and some of the tailgate latching mechanism was broken.
After working on it and cleaning the sugar sand out from the instrument panel, I found an electric tailgate in a junk yard from a GMC Jimmy which is the same truck but a different logo.
This donor truck was burned out in the front from an engine fire on a gas version.
Anyway, $50 later I had a used but good tailgate installed and have been happy with it. The riser cable broke in it due to wear but the transmission is what actually wore out.
While in there lubing the riser and checking things over I found that the return spring on the right side latch was broken. Now LMC truck has the latch but I have never purchase one from them.
My query for the group is has anyone purchased one of their's or an even better one from another supplier.
I did not go to Parts.com yet but will although I suspect that these have long since been sold out in the OEM line.
Raising not a white flag but a flag for assistance. The spring is actually what has broken but I do not see a way to find a spring without hours and hours of research so a nice new latch would be welcome. Salvage yards are drying up on these older trucks too although a 30 year old, gently used part could also work.
Jim
230,000 miles is great. Good thing to know for us long term hobby collectors.

Did you end up with any internal engine issues or do any rebuilds?
 

jimm1009

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230,000 miles is great. Good thing to know for us long term hobby collectors.

Did you end up with any internal engine issues or do any rebuilds?
At about 100,000 I had what GM called a Core Shift.
My engine block cracked ver quickly from the forward left clear down and around and back up into the second left side cylinder.
Through the water jacket and had water in the oil very fast.
They said some early 6.2 blocks did this and that was 20 years ago. I put a newer 6.2 engine in when I found one. It was out of a HUMMV and not a bad swap. 120,000 miles on this engine plus the 40,000 ish they say it had prior to me
 
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