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    Trunk & Door Lock Swap

    Has anyone replaced their stock Studebaker trunk and door locks with a 1970s-1980s Ford or GM style lock? I have a 1956 Power Hawk with the swinging lock water covers are a pain to move to insert the key. If anyone has made such a swap, please let me know the year, make and model lock you used to make the swap.
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    Just use later Hawk locks.......

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    How late? My '62 has those same swinging lock covers.

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    My 63 has flush locks all the way around. The decklid lock/latch needs to be changed or modified along with the lock cylinder on the early models to eliminate the link/rod. The parts books show both types so you can picture it better.

    If you had the parts from a more common late sedan, you can just lengthen the lock shaft by welding and it will work on the Hawks. The sedans are also flush, with no 'door' covering the hole. I have a few in stock. The lock shafts are just square stock you can buy, or cut a chunk from your broken Hawk lock.

    If I had his problem, I'd just replace the spring, or get out the ziz wheel and cut the pin that holds the lock hole cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (S) View Post
    My 63 has flush locks all the way around.
    The sedans are also flush, with no 'door' covering the hole. I have a few in stock.
    If I had his problem, I'd just replace the spring, or get out the ziz wheel and cut the pin that holds the lock hole cover.
    My '53 sedan and coupe both had the same locks as my '62. Even though my doors both use different keys, the only thing about the locks that bothers me is the posibility of scratching the paint with the lock cover, it swings, horrifyingly close to the door.

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    I had no idea the last Hawks had flush locks. Thank you!

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    Just be careful and if you ever buff it-- Tape them around the edges and stay carefully aware how close you get.

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    There is a cabinet lock that will work. You have to weld a short threaded shaft to the stock lock shaft.
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    My 64 Daytona has a 69 Chev trunk lock in it. No welding or cutting, just mixed and matched parts till it fit. Oh, it is installed up side down to its position in the Chev.
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