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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 01, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 69SS. The door keys that I acquired with the car do not work in the door locks or trunk. I got a set of lock cylinders from Firewheel Classics. Do I have to take the inside door panels off to install...any trick or tips are appreciated.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 01, 07:30 PM
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Your ignition and door keys are supposed to be the same , so if you bought new lock assemblies you'll have to take them and your ignition key to a locksmith and have him open up the door locks and make them fit (swap some wafers and/or file them down) then you'll be correct. Also makes it much easier to go from door key to ignition , instead of having a door key and ignition key AND a trunk key. Having both the door and ign. keys being square is always a pain in the butt. It won't cost much , they should do it for about $15.00 , it's worth it. Or you could return the door locks and buy an ignition & door lock set that come keyed alike. About the same money either way.

Yes you have to take the door panels off.

The clip that holds them has barbed teeth that dig into the side of the lock a little , you have to get on them with a good set of pliers usually because you have to pull very hard if they've never been off before.

Be careful trying to pry between the lock and clip , it's easy to bend the door like this.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 01, 06:42 AM
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when I popped out my door locks I removed the panel and used a screw driver between the lock and the clip and it worked goodfor me!

as for the key thing ,my 69 had a square ign. key and one rounded key fit both doors and the trunk?
maybe mine had been changed sometime but I thought it was correct.

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Square key for doors and ignition, round key for trunk.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 01, 03:41 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by phel69:
Square key for doors and ignition, round key for trunk.


Round key also fits glove box. If the locks are orginal you can take out the glove box lock and take it to a locksmith to get a key made for it
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 01, 05:33 PM
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My '68 has 1 octogon shape key for both the door & ignition. And 1 round key for both the glove box & trunk. These are the original heads for this year.

Isn't '69 the same? ('67 is).

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 01, 11:33 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by undee72Z:
Round key also fits glove box. If the locks are orginal you can take out the glove box lock and take it to a locksmith to get a key made for it<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


undee72z - For what it's worth , trying to cut a key from a glove box lock for the doors won't work 99% of the time. The glove box locks utilize only 3 and sometimes only 2 wafers (wafers are the little flat tabs that jump up and down when you insert the key and drop into the peaks and valleys of your key) , in other words the glove box is low security and is only locked by 2 or 3 wafers in the lock. You can take a glove box lock apart and cut a key with a file , you can get it to work with as little as 2 small cuts , but if you take that key to the door it'll be lacking approx. 4 more notches/wafer cuts. Otherwise everyones' keys would open about 25% of all cars , or 1 out of 4.

The only way to get a door or ignition key is to take either the car or the lock to a locksmith , and if he's good , he can cut a key from a blank for your ignition (or door) with only a file , without taking the lock out.

(ps: I used to work at a bicycle & lock shop , used to watch & help the lock guy all the time , he was the best in town and done all the bank safety deposit boxes. Also , having a tavern right next door to the shop , about every saturday morning some drunks car would be parked in front of our building , we'd go out to the car , cut a key for the door with a file , open the car , sit and patiently whittle out a key for the ignition , start the car and move it in front of the tavern's front door , then lock it back up.

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