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Old 10-19-2011, 05:21 PM
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Not exactly related to hot rodding, but this is a real knowledgeable group for all things automotive. I have a 1989 Diesel Ford E350 that I've managed to lose the keys to, the Ford dealership tells me it's too old for them to have records on and the locksmith here says they are booked and won't be able to do an impression for a week. I really can't afford to wait a week and am looking for other solutions, are there any?

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I have never owned a Ford Diesel ... but on Chevrolet/GM models of that year range ... I have successfully popped the key tumbler out with a slide hammer and then stuck a tumbler down in it that I had the key for.

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Have the truck towed over to the locksmith's place and parked in front of his door. It shouldn't take him longer than 10 minutes to impression a key for it.

An alternative would be for you to drill out the lock with a 3/8 drill bit to a 1 inch depth. Make sure that the battery is disconnected, or else it will immediately go in to the START mode. Drop out any pins and springs that you find and use a large blade screwdriver to turn on and off. This will ruin the ignition lock!!! but you will be able to replace the lock if you did not drill to deep. Turn lock plug to 'ON' position, push release pin on underside of ignition housing, pull ignition core out and replace with new lock.

This method will only work in Alaska, and will not work in New York City or LA, so all you would-be car thieves can ignore this post.
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used car mechanic.

I had a buddy that was a mechanic for a used car dealer... he had a bucket of old car keys, we had a 50-50 chance of finding one that would work.
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Your chances depend on whether or not it's the old-style "5-cut" double-sided key that dates back to 1965, or the newer "10-cut" key that came in right around the time your van was new.

If it's the 10-cut, the "bucket-o-keys" would be a long-shot at best!

IF you're extremely fortunate, with a single-key (door and ignition) 5-cut system ...
You *might* get lucky and find a key-code stamped into the door cylinder.

IF it's a 10-cut key, there is no guarantes that even that the door lock code would work ... as I believe that one potion of the key operated door locks, another part of the key worked the ignition.
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Who sells cheap steering assemblies for 1989 Ford E350 with good international shipping rates
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Not exactly related to hot rodding, but this is a real knowledgeable group for all things automotive. I have a 1989 Diesel Ford E350 that I've managed to lose the keys to, the Ford dealership tells me it's too old for them to have records on and the locksmith here says they are booked and won't be able to do an impression for a week. I really can't afford to wait a week and am looking for other solutions, are there any?
Your next best solution is to locate a company that repossesses vehicles. Most all good ones have the ability to make keys.
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