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Old 03-15-2012, 11:08 AM
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1960 f100 drivers door question.

My driver side door does not have a lock or a place to put a lock. I checked and there is no bondo, just solid steel. Can anyone provide insight?
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You must have a standard cab. Only custom cabs came with locks on the driver's door.
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You locked the drivers door from the inside and then locked the pass. door from the outside. I think that back then most folks didn't worry too much about locking their doors, especially and old 'work' truck.
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Frankinford Your door should have the slot under the weather striping where the clip slides in to hold the lock cylinder. Then its just a matter of making a templet off the passenger side and copying it to the drivers door. With a drill and file it's a 20 minute job, then you can lockup from the drivers side
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You locked the drivers door from the inside and then locked the pass. door from the outside. I think that back then most folks didn't worry too much about locking their doors, especially and old 'work' truck.
Back then men were gentlemen, and opened the door for women, then they only needed the passenger lock.
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I have noticed that in many old black and white movies, many folks entered a vehicle from the passenger side. They just get in and slide over. I am not really old enough to remember this in person as I was born in the 50's and most of the movies I watch take place before that. Most vehicles has bench seating back then to allow for sliding thru.
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Yep --no malls or WalMart parking lots.Ya did your shopping down town and parked on the street usually with the drivers door on the street and the passenger side next to the sidewalk.Park and slide out on the passenger side instead of the street. Some of use remember shopping downtown right?
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Actually in many cities it was against the law to exit from the driver side after you parked. Narrow streets and big trucks. Many cities still have ordinances on the books that are not enforced.

I did add one to my 60. Everything is there except the hole in the door and the key part.
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On my '59 & '60 to lock the doors you rotate the inside door handle in the opposite direction that you would too open the door. Unless you are talking about the keyhole to unlock the door from the outside under the push button door handle. Both of mine only have them on the passenger side.
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I made a pattern for mine from the passenger side drilled and filed it to fit and now i have a lock on the driver side its pretty easy to do ,
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My driver side door does not have a lock or a place to put a lock. I checked and there is no bondo, just solid steel. Can anyone provide insight?
It was a couple of reasons that made this common practice.

1: During this era it was & still is Illegal in most states to exit a Vehicle when Parallel Parked. (how many of us have come whisker close to being whacked by a vehicle driving by as we've exited ours) You are required by law to lock your Driver Door, slide across your seat to exit your vehicle & lock your Passenger Door.

2: The country was also going through a Major Recession & it was a Cost saving device for the Big Three to not have to take the time & Manpower to put in the Driver Door Lock.
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