I have this rough tailgate left over from resurrecting a beat up '26-'27 pickup bed. I really don't want to throw it out, so been trying to think of something to do with it. I'm open to ideas. It's the bottom one in this photo. The top one was used on the bed. What do you think?
Attach it to the wall of the garage like it was on the truck bed.
Then if you need a temporary shelf while your working. Fold it down to hold the tools.
Steel wool it down and coat it with boiled linseed oil then do as Steve said !! That'd be nice even outside .
Ive seen people make really nice sitting benches out of them, they use them for the back rest and they look really cool
I used to restored vintage small engines and most of the time the fan shrouds looked like spaghetti strainers and this is how I made them look new. This the same idea just larger. What I did was paint it with fiberglass resin, Just the resin, not the fiberglass. First I would put painters tape under the holes to act as a dam so the resin would not flow through, Then I would lay down a coat and let it set up then sand the high spots off and repeated until it looked right. Make your last sanding with 600 grit to make a glass smooth finish. Then primed and painted and you could not tell there was ever a problem. It will take a few coats on both sides so be patient. Note> It will not be as hard as steel so use some caution when putting things on it.
I like the park bench idea with this being the seat back. Or make a storage box that matches the patina and use this as the lid. Could even go in the bed of the truck once in a while.
It could make a really nice tailgate for someone that needed it. Some sheetmetal work and some welding could resurrect it nicely. As Charlie B said, sell it on eBay.