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Can someone check to see if they have these same three screws in the door jam of the driver side tailgate.

it’s pretty obvious that the previous owner drilled and tapped these three small course threading screws but I’m not exactly sure why. They don’t seem to attach anything internal or external. I did remove an odd tail light bulb that had a wire soldered into the bulb socket - outputting brakelight ON voltage I think, so perhaps it’s got something to do with that craziness. Only thing I could think of was faulty brake lights or a getto trailer wiring.

Maybe these screws help to center the tailgate when it closes? Maybe they help with a tailgate rattle?

what are your thoughts?
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My first thought is who in the hello uses flat tip screws instead of Philips? Them been there for a real long time... no telling what they were for.
 
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Maybe it's left over from the cargo netting they had before they found the tailgate
 

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NOT OEM. Not even a little.
 

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I don't know Pepe, my '82 XLT Lariat has the same three screws from the factory.
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My mistake, I thought he was referring to the three bolts attaching the latch post and the cable.
I have never seen the three small crews like the ones above his latch post.
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Get rid of them!
 
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Dead giveaway is that
1- They're all right next to each other, no manufacturer ever mounted shit like that.
2- They're flat head. the only time I see flat head screws like that is on ancient appliances or tools.
 

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...or jap bikes 😝
 

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I can't remember the model but I'm thinking an older Honda Sabre. Dude I worked with was baggin' on my hog, all proud of his new rice'er. I walked over, checked it out and pointed out 3 different mounting points that had what looked like fat woods screws holding parts together. I pointed, laughed, told him to get a bike held together with nuts and bolts before he starts talking sh!t. The following year, he bought a Harley. Now he has his own "riders" club. I blame SOA.
 

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Don't you be knockin my Hondas! I floated mine down a god damn river and it still runs.
 

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Whatever floats like a boat... 'er, floats yer boat, maybe. Something like that. ;)
 

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In this case it was just the rear tires. The rest played submarine.
 
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