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#858031 Mon Jun 11 2012 01:34 AM
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Why do I have a keyhole on the passenger side only?


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bozer, that has been discussed many times here. I think the real answer was in a GM advetisement that Denny Graham(?) posted here some time ago for an early GM car that in the add mentioned this.
My memory may not be the best or I could be wrong about the video but I do know it had to do with safety. Folks would lock the driver side and then slide out on the "street" or "boardwalk" side to keep from getting hit......


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The same reason the fuel filler is also on the passenger side, to keep you from getting you rear knocked off by some passing vehicle while you're adding gas to your empty tank or unlocking your Bolt on a busy road.


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I was watching an old "Highway Patrol" (copywrite 1955) episode a couple of weeks ago and Brodrick Crawford slid across the seat to get out on the passengers side in the city. So I think that is probably the best example of why. It portrays the customs of the times. I Just found it interesting.
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Last edited by mike49; Mon Jun 11 2012 04:05 AM.
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Yep, it's so that you didn't have to get out and lock it on the traffic side of the truck.


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So is it possible to add a cylinder to the driver's side door, or are power locks the way to go?

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Originally Posted by Baba
So is it possible to add a cylinder to the driver's side door, or are power locks the way to go?


What year truck?

6v or 12v?


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To add to the discussion: It would be advisable to always have a spare door key available somewhere on the truck for those times when you lock yourself out, leaving the key in the ignition. If your passenger side door is locked and you accidentally bump the driver's door handle forward with your knee when you get out engaging the lock and you don't have a spare, well...


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Modern ‘science’: the wonder of a
pre-determined mind…

The ‘baseline belief’ of astronomy:
“Any day now, we’ll pick up a tiny,
coded signal from outer space. Then
we’ll know for certain that there is
intelligence out there, because coded
information does not arise by chance”

The ‘baseline belief’ of biology:
The precisely coded genetic information in
every cell would fill many books…
but we know for certain that no intelligence
could have created life.”


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BIG CHEVY 3600, on my 53 you cannot push the handle forward when the door is open. I am assuming all AD's are the same.

GM has made it impossible to lock your keys in the truck. The driver's door is locked by pushing the interior handle forward and then the passneger's door needs to be locked with the key. If you have door locks on both exterior handles, one must be locked with the key.

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