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How do I get keys for 68 pontiac

I have a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville. Unfortunately can't find the keys. Will a Pontiac dealer be able to remake the keys? I have the original Key code numbers. Could a locksmith make a set? Or do I replace the ignition and trunk lock cylinder? If so, how do I do that?

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Any locksmith can make your keys. My ex brother in law is a part time smith. He has done many of my older 60's and earlier purchases.
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There is a 4 digit code on the lock cylinder for the doors and the glovebox.If you give a locksmith the code he can cut one on his machine. The door key should also fit the trunk.The lock in the ignition switch will be a little trickier as you need the key to get the lock to turn so as to remove the cylinder.If you can get it to turn back to the accessory position then you can insert a paper clip into the little hole and push the realease.Then the cylinder will pull out and you can get a key cut or get it rekeyed.
I had the same problem with my 64 lemans but the door cylinders yielded a number and I got a key cut for that ($5) and the Ignition switch was missing so I bought a unit on e bay with a key and re keyed it.I was good to go.
If you cant get the lock cylinder out of the ignition switch take the entire switch out and take it to the locksmith. He can pick it and get it open.That way you dont have to pay for a service call to the house and he will be able to work on it when he has extra time. Could save you a few bucks that way.
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There is a 4 digit code on the lock cylinder for the doors and the glovebox.If you give a locksmith the code he can cut one on his machine. The door key should also fit the trunk.
In 1968, the door and ignition are the same key and the trunk and glovebox are the same key. You can pull a door lock to get the code, and that key will work the ignition (assuming one or the other hasn't been changed in the last 40+ years). Code on the glovebox lock can be used to make a trunk key if you can get it out. Otherwise, pull the back seat and unbolt the trunk latch from the inside to get to the trunk lock cylinder.
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This is good info! But in the OP's case, he has the original key code- just no key. Yet.
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I was 2 minutes too late to edit my post, so here's a whole new post, instead!!

In the past, I have "gutted" the tumblers from a lock cylinder when the key was lost. By removing the tumblers, any key will open the lock, but in that you are the only one who knows this, the lock is still secure.

As has been said in the past- a lock is to keep the honest guys honest.
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In the past, I have "gutted" the tumblers from a lock cylinder when the key was lost. By removing the tumblers, any key will open the lock, but in that you are the only one who knows this, the lock is still secure.
I've done this
Also---I have had as many as 3 cars keyed the same.
Way easier to locate the ignition key for one of the GM products, if all of you GM products are keyed the same
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I've done this
Also---I have had as many as 3 cars keyed the same.
Way easier to locate the ignition key for one of the GM products, if all of you GM products are keyed the same

About a hunnerd Years ago I was a Chevy Parts Manager, and we had a "kit" that consisted of an aluminum Tumbler Holder, all of the Tumblers (1-5), Springs and replacement lock Escutcheons-I could look at at key and make a new lock Tumbler without a code-shame, I can't do it backwards-
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The "key" to my happiness.

Thanks everyone. I actually have the glove box lock out and the whole ignition cylindar out. I will bring them to a locksmith now. Didn't know how easy getting a replacement key is(knock on wood). Glad I asked
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