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Re: [oletrucks] Door Handle Lock

To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Door Handle Lock
From: PeeWee <PWeee@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 19:35:31 -0700
I've heard 2 stories on this subject...The first is while you got out of 
the truck, your lady would lean over and lock the driver's door while 
you ran around to her side to open the door up for her and then you 
would use the key to lock it. The 2nd was back then there weren't a lot 
of streets that were paved like now days and it got really muddy. So the 
driver would pull as far as he could to the curb or side walk and get 
out on the passenger's side so he won't get his shoes muddy. Heck I 
don't know, this is what I've always heard.

Bill Bailey wrote:

>Yes, that's how they did it. The prevailing theory was that it was safer to
>exit from the passenger side but I don't know if that's the rationale or
>not. If that was true then trucks they sent to the UK should have the lock
>on the left hand side.
>I changed mine around to make it more convenient or you could buy a pair of
>locks from a vendor and put on in each side.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-oletrucks@autox.team.net
>[mailto:owner-oletrucks@autox.team.net]On Behalf Of Martin Smith
>Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 2:06 PM
>To: oletrucks@autox.team.net
>Subject: [oletrucks] Door Handle Lock
>I have a '55TF (mostly original) and I found that the keyed door
>handle is on the passenger side. I thought someone must have
>flipped and switched handles and was about to consider switching
>them back. But, looking at both the user manual and the factory
>body manual, it looks like this was the stock configuration. Can
>others confirm? I find it hard to believe that Chevy did it this
>way since it doesn't seem natural for a driver to lock the
>driver's door, slid over and out the passenger door, and then
>lock up.
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