I took the [community-owned] truck to Meunier's to look at the bent flange on the right side hinge of the tail gate. A very large man ripped off the tail gate, got a hammer and beat the rear end good. After a few more tries and pries it works better than it has in several years. He was quoted as saying "you can fix anything with a big enough hammer".
Cost - I bought the crew a round of coffee tomorrow.
--from an email by Alan K.