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Username Post: Repop key lock set any good?        (Topic#361270)
Posts: 330
Loc: San Diego
Reg: 04-17-19
06-05-20 04:33 PM - Post#2795726    

Hey guys has anyone tried new key lock sets? Are they any good. I lost my original keys and someone replaced the lock set with different keys and locks. I'm thinking about ordering a whole repop set or should I get originals?


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Age: 53
Loc: norcal
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09-15-20 06:18 PM - Post#2803539    
    In response to Eth727

Did you find a solution to this? I recently lost the keys to my 58 and am curious myself !

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09-16-20 06:06 AM - Post#2803559    
    In response to ronigirl

If just lost keys, you can easily pull a door lock cylinder and read the keying number that should be printed on the side of the cylinder. Then any locksmith with the proper key blank can cut a key from that number. Door and ignition switch, if original, are keyed alike.

Door cylinder is retained by a clip that is accessible from the edge of the door, in line with the cylinder.(that's how it is on my wagon; I'm making an assumption that other models were the same) Clip pulls straight out. There is a bent end on the clip about two inches wide that you will grab with a tool to pull it out. If the clip has been in there for decades, might take a little prying effort to get the clip to release from the cylinder.

If you lost trunk key too, that's a bigger problem. Originally trunk and glove box were keyed alike. I don't know if the glove box cylinder had a keying number on it.

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Loc: Central Wisconsin
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09-16-20 10:49 PM - Post#2803627    
    In response to ronigirl

When I bought my second '59 it came without a key.
We're lucky to have a crackerjack locksmith only 18 miles away.
I didn't recall the '59 Chevy (my first car) having more than one key so I pulled the ignition cylinder, very simple to do, and took it to the locksmith.
He's probably about my age, 68, and been in the business forever but he couldn't recall either if they were one key cars.
When I went back for the key I took the glove box lock with me to verify whether or not they are........they are......

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09-17-20 09:55 AM - Post#2803658    
    In response to cahartley

A few years back when we were still in California, we got invited to enter our '58 Impala in the Carmel Concours on the Avenue. This is one of the Pebble Beach/Monterey concours events. Chevrolet was one of the featured brands that year along with Ferrari and Porsche, and they had one Chevy from each year of production. So we are parked on Ocean Avenue 1.5 blocks from the beach in between a '57 and a '59. Being among the few peons at this event, we Chevy guys sort of stuck together, and the topic of keys came up. A very knowledgeable guy said the usual production car from this era used one key for all locks, but the production line was never stopped because of keys/locks, some some cars ended up with different keys for various lock positions. Our '58 uses the same key for all locks.

Mike Ahlmann
Las Cruces, NM
'50 Tin Woodies (two) Ramon and Willard
'58 Impala Sport Coupe
'69 El Camino SS-396
'07 Ford F150 to haul parts for above
'16 Ford Explorer 3.5 EcoBoost - Red Rocket

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09-17-20 01:07 PM - Post#2803670    
    In response to mahlmann

My 58 wagon also has just one key. I forgot that, was confusing with my other cars when I talked about a separate key for trunk/glove box. Sorry guys, sorry for bringing my confusion here.


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