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Old 09-17-2013, 06:25 PM
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Well, I got an education on early Chevy locks today.

As I have mentioned, I have been picking up a few items on CraigsList lately and thought it might be good to get an ignition switch with a key. It might be good but not economical. They are going for 65-75 bucks. I then had a eurica moment and decided to have a key made for mine. After surfing the Chevy Talk forum I read the key code is stamped on the rod that runs from the lockset to the latch on the door lock. It only took me an hour to get the rusty retainer loose and the lock out of the door and handle.

You guessed it........no numbers.

Next step pull the trunk lock. BINGO. As you see,in the pictures the key code is on it. The local lock smith says 20 bucks to make a key and I suspect that all the locks on the car are origional and the key will fit them. Will know in a couple of days.

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Old 09-17-2013, 08:01 PM
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Is there only one key for all the locks ?? When did GM go to 2 keys ?

Might want to take that pic down with the number on it. Someone else could have a key made and "borrow" that fine ride when it's done...
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Is there only one key for all the locks ?? When did GM go to 2 keys ?

Might want to take that pic down with the number on it. Someone else could have a key made and "borrow" that fine ride when it's done...
From what I have read GM used one key for all locks through something like 1964. I was surprised too.

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worked on the first Elios prototype car ever built. It's slated to be released in 2014 with 84 mpg....ok, now the fun stuff... This thing had Honda Civic door handles and the mechanic stated that it was a GM steering column and GEO Prism 3 liter motor. Also didn't have real glass. It was plexiglass I think. No gas cap and apparently the new standard soon for most automobiles, or so I hear.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:28 AM
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From what I have read GM used one key for all locks through something like 1964. I was surprised too.

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I was trying to remember when GM went to separate keys also. I know my '67 Chevelle had two keys, but can't remember if all the Tri 5 Chevys I owned so many years ago did.
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I could be wrong ,,and probably am ,but I think ny 55 Chevy Belair had 2 keys but it had a locking glove box, 1 key fit doors amd ignition the other fit glove box don't remember which fit the trunck lock on the Belair ,and I have had several 210 & 150 without locking box which had only 1 key.
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I could be wrong ,,and probably am ,but I think ny 55 Chevy Belair had 2 keys but it had a locking glove box, 1 key fit doors amd ignition the other fit glove box don't remember which fit the trunck lock on the Belair ,and I have had several 210 & 150 without locking box which had only 1 key.
The trunk and glove box were the same key.

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Below is a quote from The Locksmith Ledger. This seems to be the common consensus from what my research has uncovered. I took my door and trunk locks to the locksmith today so I should know for sure tomorrow or the next day.

"Ignition and door locks were generally keyed alike. Trunk locks and glove box locks were keyed alike but used a separate key code. Chrysler was the exception. A third key was used for locking Chrysler glove box locks which had a wafer lock with a 1098X keyway. Another exception was GM Chevrolet and Buick models in the 1950s. These two models used a key system with all locks keyed alike."

Be sure and read the last sentence carefully.

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I bought a 96 Silverado 3500 1ton dually today which has a 5.7 with a 5 speed trans ,it has just had the heads replaced with 2 new heads and cam but wiring and hoses not connected , he lost lease on building had to move it I MUST pick it up tomprrow ,does any one know if this has a roller cam engine ,if not I am going to use the engine I have one the stand and do some thing el;se with this one,
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Pretty sure all 350's were roller cam after about '88.
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I new most af the cars were ,I did not now about the trucks, Thanks

I guess I will just finish hooking up and finish wiring
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putting together the Trans Am and The Elios car company was at the Folsom Mall today and gave our shop a shout out on the radio. I'm gonna see if the boss can get a copy of that segment to put on his site. They paid us to fix one fender bracket but we fixed both and stopped one side from rubbing and they appreciated our efforts. Pretty cool team work.
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The trunk and glove box were the same key.

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My locksmith called today and said he had done my keys but he was not in the shop so I couldn't pick them up. He did say the trunk and door were keyed alike. I am really anxious to get the keys and see if they also fit the ignition switch.....Maybe tomorrow.

I also tried to buy the instrument bezel on Ebay that is the mate to my speaker grill and glove box door but when it hit 79.00 dollars I quit. I boxed my spare one up and the chrome end cap from the rh dash and sent them to the chrome plater today. I have no idea what to expect. It has been years since I had anything plated. I am afraid I am in for a shock. we'll see.

Have I reminded you guys how great it was to wake up today?

John

Oh yea. Check out the phone number on this sticker on a door I bought yesterday.

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I dug my 1969 GMC 4X4 out of storage last weekend and I've been cleaning it up to sell. Hate to see it go but I've got too many projects...gee, where have I heard that before ?? I need the space in my building and the funds to work on other cars. I've had this for 11 years.

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My locksmith called today and said he had done my keys but he was not in the shop so I couldn't pick them up. He did say the trunk and door were keyed alike. I am really anxious to get the keys and see if they also fit the ignition switch.....Maybe tomorrow.

I also tried to buy the instrument bezel on Ebay that is the mate to my speaker grill and glove box door but when it hit 79.00 dollars I quit. I boxed my spare one up and the chrome end cap from the rh dash and sent them to the chrome plater today. I have no idea what to expect. It has been years since I had anything plated. I am afraid I am in for a shock. we'll see.

Have I reminded you guys how great it was to wake up today?

John

Oh yea. Check out the phone number on this sticker on a door I bought yesterday.


Is that sticker from Greenville BC? Greenville is a very small Nisga'a Indian community in Northwest BC, and in those days it would have been virtually unreachable by road.

Of course you know that the CR in the phone number would now be shown as 27. Area code would be 604 (then) - would be 250 now

Wonder if that Shell station place is still there?
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