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Technical Rookie Question > '32 Ford Show Car

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dan Lawlor, May 13, 2019.

  1. Dan Lawlor
    Joined: May 13, 2019
    Posts: 1

    Dan Lawlor

    Please pardon a rookie question - here goes:
    I am helping a neighbor whose husband passed away two years ago. Among other things, the husband built amazing hot rod show cars. The last remaining car (1932 Ford see below) is sitting in her garage unable to start because she cannot find the key. I'm not a car guy, what should I do?
    Thank you in advance for your advice.
    Dan L
  2. R A Wrench
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 411

    R A Wrench
    from Denver, Co

    Have her search a little more & then call a locksmith.
  3. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,085


    Pictures of what your working with would help ....probably the best approach, being your not familiar with the car how its wired etc. and due the least amount of damage to components, would be to get a lock Smith that makes keys for ignitions on site it will cost you but in the long run it will work out less than hacking into the system just to hot wire it and your going to need a key anyways...

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  4. I’d bet you can change the whole ignition switch.
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  5. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,681


    No keys!? It is just scrap. Call me and I will remove it at no charge to your neighbor, I will even give you a six pack for the lead! :eek::rolleyes:
  6. without a photo we can't be much help, does the car still have the original on/off toggle switch on the column or a aftermarket ignition switch?

    I would think if the late husband built hot rods he should have some knowledgeable friends that could lend a hand, another thought would be to check with a local car club for help. HRP
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  7. I think we're getting played here, guys.:rolleyes:
  8. AND that's the name of that tune....
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  9. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,703

    from Alabama

    Everybody knows amazing show cars do not need keys.
  10. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 697

    from colorado

    If its a after market switch go get a new one. If its a stock 32 call a good lock smith.
  11. Tell her to use the hand crank below the radiator.:D
  12. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 890


    Probably took the key to his grave, hoping the car would be waiting for him on the other side...
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  13. Torana68
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,060

    from Australia

    Might be legit, might not, I wonder how many have sent a PM to try and buy it ? ( deposit via Walmart is it?)
    If it’s legit don’t go putting a battery in it and connect it up wiring might be bad and start a fire, fuel lines might be bad and start a fire etc
  14. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 183


    Remember the old saying, If it sounds to good to be true, usually is.
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  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 24,713


    Yuppers and aftermarket switch in the dash that you can unscrew the piece on the outside to take out is rather inexpensive at the parts house. If it is the original 32 switch on the base of the column, it is worth the cost of the locksmith.

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