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How old is this Ford key?

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Barn Hunter, May 5, 2020.

  1. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
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    Dealing in antiques, I run across lots of odd old stuff . Anyone know how old this key is? 20200502_174206 (2).jpg 20200502_174218 (2).jpg
     
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  2. rudestude
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    I have a couple like that, s bit more wear than yours.
    Not sure of the years.
    Just found this Terryville one awhile back...
    Thought it was cool ..matches my name.
    If I figure out a year I will be back. 1588745193969~2.jpeg 1588745282655~2.jpeg 1588745345645~2.jpeg

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  3. rudestude
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    I found that there is some confusion in the years of these keys...
    They are ford model t
    The number on the back is the code for the year.
    #51 -74 is 1919 -1927
    But I found that there are different opinions on that.
    So for sure though they are model t but the years are up in the air.
    Thanks Terry(aka Rudestude)

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  4. autonoob
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    Wow, these keys are way older than me. :):eek:
     
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  5. Jimbo17
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    I used to live not far from Terryville, Connecticut. Back in the 50's Connecticut had many lock companies like Yale Locks and many others.
    Jimbo
     
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  7. sliceddeuce
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    Dealing in antiques,...........o_O
     
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  8. Barn Hunter
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    That's cool. The number on the back is 66.
     
  9. Barn Hunter
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    Yessssss........????
     
  10. 4dsrus
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    They are Model T. I have the original Model T keyboard from our Dealership and the invoice from Ford was $.49. I have all of the key #s and the master key set that would start any Model T with that style key. The board was to display keys for sale behind the parts counter.
     
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  11. Barn Hunter
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    That is cool!
     
  12. If you were born after 1975, these keys are older than you are. It's probably a Ford key from around 1930. I can't tell you the exact date. All the keys I've found at flea markets have had a similar key lug shape. Perhaps you'd like to have this key restored? Or do you like the vintage look? I can ask about their serviceability at car locksmiths near me. Perhaps an expert I know can give you the exact date of manufacture of this Ford. He has shown me his collection of keys many times, which he sometimes carries in his work suitcase for good luck.
     
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  13. Truck64
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    from Ioway

    It would be a lot cooler if he posted a picture I betcha
     
  14. Glenn Thoreson
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    The double sided ones are Model T. My key is no. 67. I used to have a large key collection but it seemed to have grown legs about 1968.
     
  15. Tractors & T's
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    Here are 2 versions of Model T dealer key racks that I have. The number on the key has nothing to do with the year of the car.
    000_0002 (1).JPG 000_0004.JPG
     
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  16. Beanscoot
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    So if your car had a #58 key for instance, and you lost it, did you simply go to the Ford dealer and buy another #58 key which would work in your car?
     

  17. Yup. Car theft wasn't as much of a concern back when people had morals and laws had teeth!
     
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  18. Truck64
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    No hood locks, so a piece of wire from the hot side of the battery to ignition coil and you were in business, short the starter relay and away ya go. And that was for the hard cases. I don't know about "most", but many, many people just left the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition. That way, you didn't lose them.

    In the 60s the gubbmint tried one of those Ad Council PSA deals entitled "Help Keep a Good Kid From Going Bad" or somesuch, admonishing everyone not to leave the key in the ignition. The public wasn't having any of it, they knew what the deal was and complained loudly and the ad was pulled.
     
  19. Beanscoot
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    Parents: Buy a boring electric car - keep your good kid from becoming a hot rodder.
     
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