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We received our '62 unibody today, and though it is pretty rainy out, I got to look it over.
I noticed the driver's door has no exterior lock cylinder....and am not sure it can be locked. though the passenger's side door has a lock cylinder. Is this normal.....I am pretty sure this was a no frills configuration, but can't understand why this would be.
Driver's-side door lock cylinders were optional until 1963 I think - that's when they made them standard. Like already stated, you weren't supposed to be getting in and out of your vehicle in the middle of the road, blocking up the narrow, two-lane roads of the day and endangering yourself. So automakers made you get out street-side. And it gave them something else to charge you extra for, anyway.
If safety were really the reason, you'd think passengers cars would be fitted similarly. Our '62 Falcon Squire has locks on both sides. I wonder if this is unique to pick up trucks....and why?
Passenger cars were fitted similarly - the driver's-side lock cylinder was optional, which could explain yours, but I think passenger cars started getting them standard equipment in the mid-'50s if I remember right, trucks always being last to get luxuries standardized. By the '60s I think it was probably less for the original safety reason and more because trucks were still bare-***-bones work vehicles (rear bumpers, side mirrors, any radio whatsoever, emergency flashers and heaters being completely optional is kind of hideously comical from our modern perspective).
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