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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by swade41, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. slack
    Joined: Aug 18, 2014
    Posts: 533


    If it has a side bar, it won't mark.
  2. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,671

    from Missouri

    If the car is still around that the dash came from pull the pass door panel
    the lock cylinder will have the key code.
  3. I used to have a set of GM keys cut on special blanks that had all GM cuts . I can't tell you how many locks they opened in my shop. Inquire at an OLD lock shop. Also Google clearstar it's a private site for locksmiths only. There is an area you can leave a question maybe a locksmith in your area will answer you.
  4. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,483

    alphabet soup

    While fooling with stuff like this, I usually end up dropping it on the floor. It shows you how it comes apart!!
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  5. 54fierro
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 493

    from san diego

    Look at the replacement part. If it has a side bar like was mentioned before just drill it out enough for the guts holding the bar up to let it come down so you can turn it.
    The side bar is visible on the top side.
    These are the little widgets that hold up the bar. Drill accordingly. Good luck
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,271


  7. After trying two different family owned locksmiths and finding each to be out of business I threw in the towel and just ordered a new painless switch. I needed a dimmer switch and a headlight switch anyway so I spent a couple hrs looking at all the offerings. I found out that there's not a lot of info listed other than amps and how many positions a switch is. I ended up reading reviews and choosing what best fit my harness to decide on my pieces.
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,271


    Sorry to hear that....locks are fun.
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  9. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    Send it to the dude that wants it.
    I had a 63 Creenbriar van.
    Almost any Chevy key would start it. Even an old Briggs and Stratton key I found in a J/Y did the trick.
  10. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,856


    I'd heard that years ago car manufacturers only had a dozen or so key cuts that they used. Can anybody confirm this?
  11. rfraze
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,003


    These may be called "Try Keys". A local thief had stolen a set from a lock shop and we got a look at them during the sting.
  12. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,271


    GM had a whole bunch more than that! There were 6 pages like this, for the 1935-65 cars/trucks

  13. slack
    Joined: Aug 18, 2014
    Posts: 533


    I would do it for you for nothin (and make a new key) but the ride both ways would probably cost more than what it would cost to take it to a locksmith. You mean to tell me there ain't a locksmith in NY that can do old locks? I thought yankees knew everything. :confused:
  14. Seems like the ones near me got out of the business and let the local chain hardware stores take over. I need to move ahead on my project and fiddling with this to just get the ignition switch that may or may not work is holding me up. I ordered the stuff yesterday from Summit and it was at my door before 11 a.m. this morning, moving along
  15. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

    ah fooie ... we wanted you to go all marine on this... aka (Improvise, Adapt and Overcome )
    made me go look for my old GM lock pick set, couldnt find the blank KEY that has a slot
    milled down the ENTIRE (left) side so that the picks could fit in the tumbler at the same time.
    Found the picks IF and when i ever find that blank key I'LL post pictures.


    we all lov ya Phil, you keep us young at heart...;)
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  16. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,721

    from wyoming

    Good to hear you got it figured out. Looks like any GM switch from that era. If you ended up breaking it I don't think it would be too hard to get a replacement. Looks exactly like the one that was in my '66 C-10.
  17. If you want the dash just cover the shipping costs and it's yours, send me a p.m.

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