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buying a car with no keys

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NCKalex, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. NCKalex
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 188

    from Fresno, CA

    thinkin about picking up a car for sale that the owner lost the keys for. i was assured the engine runs great and all, is there anyway i can start it without keys or at least get the engine to turn over? don't really need a project with extensive engine work right now. thanks for the help.
  2. LIL.TIMMYUser Name
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
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    LIL.TIMMYUser Name

    length of wire and a screwdriver should do it.
  3. NCKalex
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 188

    from Fresno, CA

    can you explain further?
  4. Run a hot wire from the battery to the hot side of the coil or distributer depending on if it has an external coil or an HEI type of distributer. Jump the starter solenoid with a screw driver. It will spin over and light or not.

    Actually once you want to run the wire from the battery to the coil you'll start learning all kinds of stuff about the car, probably even where the keys are. Oldest trick in the book, I'd start it for you but I don't have the keys.
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  5. wetatt4u
    Joined: Nov 4, 2006
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    Oldest trick in the book, I'd start it for you but I don't have the keys.

    AMEN Brother !

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    I Love this. People get all uptight when you want to start testing things.
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,926


    What kind of car, it might be even easier than Porknbeaner said.
  8. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,864


    buying a car with no keys

    Anything like buying a car with no money?
  9. Buying a car with no keys will save you the gas bill. lol.
  10. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,830


    Keys? We don't need no stinkin' keys!
  11. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,561

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    .........on second thought I better not say that on a public forum, It might cause a theif who didnt know that, to take someones old car.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011
  12. just like in the movies, reach under the dash pull out a bunch of wires, cut two [ any two] strip the ends and touch them quickly together. Mcgiver taught me that!
  13. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,171


    They're on the sun visor, or in the gas cap door. If seller won't let you hotwire it, the keys are not lost.
  14. Jagman
    Joined: Mar 25, 2010
    Posts: 346


    No, don't twist them together, just spark them a couple of times - that's how they do it on TV, even on later model cars with steering locks and computer immobilizers in the missing keys!
  15. edweird
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 3,188


    I bought this one without keys.

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  16. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,168

    from Mass Bay

    Buy an ignition switch with keys and put it in.
  17. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    Cars that don't run and/or drive are worth way less than ones that do. If you don't hear it run and you can't drive it, either pass or pay accordingly.
  18. willowbilly3
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,356

    Member Emeritus
    from Sturgis

    Yeah, that even unlocks the steering column somehow.
  19. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    What make of car?
  20. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    I knew a guy who used to run cars through the auction, one of his tricks was to cut the hood release cable so you couldn't inspect anything under there. He'd also 'lose' engine and tranny dipsticks if there was anything hinkey going on.
  21. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,860

    Retro Jim

    Take a piece of wire and run from the Positive side of the battery to the coil , then push the car if you have a clutch or just use a screwdriver to cross the starter solenoid or the solenoid on the fender . That's what was used back in the day .

    Retro Jim
  22. LanceM
    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 25

    from Irvine, CA

    Hear! Hear!!
  23. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,536

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

    Why are you buying a car from some one who thinks you are stupid? Next it will be that the gas is all gone but he has no keys for the locking gas cap. Gee the battery is dead, my wife drove it to bingo last night and left the lights on. Well it ran great til you got in it, you didn't start it correctly and damaged the flam shot inter governor bater. Trust me it shifts way smoother when it warms up. Don't worry the old cars always knock for a few minutes before they warm up, the carb has to adjust out. Truthfully this one is loosely interpreted as ( common oatmeal loosen up and silence that rod knock )
  24. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    I bought THIS with no keys:


    But I really wasn't too worried about the motor turning over...

  25. Back in the mid '70s when I was pastor of a church at Shannon GA, had an old fellow in the church 92 years old whose daughter took his car keys ('65 Impala Super Sport--a story in itself, Walt wanted one with the gearshift in the floor like it was on the '37 Chevy he traded in). Daughter told Walt that she was taking his cars keys "'til your eyes get better." Beautiful spring morning, crack of dawn, Walt decided he wanted to go fishing. He hot wired the car and was on his way.
  26. Don't no damn screwdriver, just use the dip stick!
  27. Oldb
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 166


    I think Walt would have been a great guy to know.

  28. depending on what kind of car it is you can take the key part of the switch relitively easily and turn the ignition switch with a screw driver... but without knowing what it is.. hard to know.. like u might just be able to run a wire from + of batt to + of coil and turn the hand crank on the front of the engine lol
  29. i was given an old cigar box full of keys leftover from a used car lot. twice i was able to find a key that would work... saved me having to change the locks
  30. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    Take the door cylinder out and have a locksmith key it for you ,That will get you the doors and the trunk ,Also the ignition cylinder and label all wires upon taking it out ....The right way and should be under 80.00 bucks

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