My LHD saloon has the outside locking push-button handle on the right front, and an inside lock on the left front, which I have always found inconvenient. For many years I assumed it was a factory assembly line mistake. Page 65B of the Spare Parts Catalogue lists handles for early cars by Driver’s Side and Passenger’s Side, but I figured somebody typing this forgot that they were now making left handers.
A few years ago I discovered this in the Spare Parts Catalogue page 66 regarding a change in the safety catch design.
My car is 627933 with the later safety catches, so if I interpret this correctly, I was right in guessing an assembly line error, and I should have the outside lock on the left, and the inside safety catch on the right.
I am putting my door hardware in, and I figured now is the time to change the locks to the LHD configuration.
The outside push-buttons are easy enough to swap in the handles.
I thought I would be able to switch the inside safety catch parts over from the left lock to the right lock. The holes are already there.
But no, one press-formed part is left and right.
I need an opposite hand part.
I think I can either make one, or get one from a Mark V left rear door like this,
or possibly a Mark VII LF or LR.
So my question for today is this:
Do any of you with Mark V LHD saloons have the outside lock on the left and the inside lock on the right?
Does anyone know if the Mark VII latches are the same, or close enough that I could get this part from one?