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bradnree
12-29-2006, 10:45 PM
I made two door lock retainers today and saved about $10, enough to buy more important parts I can't make. I measured the broken rusted retainers which I found with a magnet in the inside bottom of the doors on the '52 Commander I am redoing. I used sheet metal scraps from my furnace repairman's shop, ruler, a pointed magic marker, tin snips, hammer and a vise. The retainers work perfectly. I also had keys made for all of the locks which was much cheaper than buying locks elsewhere. I had a friend who grew up on a ranch in Colorado and he said, "We learned to make it, because town was 50 miles away"......Brad

John Kirchhoff
12-30-2006, 12:40 AM
Speaking of keys, I once had a lock and no key but also had a key that inserted correctly, but didn't fit otherwise. So rather than have a locksmith make a key fit the lock, I made the cylinder fit the key. I removed the cylinder, stuck the key in and filed the little brass pins down until they were flush with the cylinder. Worked like a charm and the cost was hard to beat.

hank63
12-30-2006, 08:56 AM
My Hawk came with the most unusual door & ignition key imaginable - made from a thin knife blade. It has no groves at all, but operates the lock mechanism as it should.
/H

53k
12-30-2006, 09:05 AM
quote:Originally posted by John Kirchhoff

Speaking of keys, I once had a lock and no key but also had a key that inserted correctly, but didn't fit otherwise. So rather than have a locksmith make a key fit the lock, I made the cylinder fit the key. I removed the cylinder, stuck the key in and filed the little brass pins down until they were flush with the cylinder. Worked like a charm and the cost was hard to beat.

I did that many years ago too (well, actually had a locksmith do it). I had an ugly aftermarket ignition switch in my '53, but had the original Hurd door lock key. I took a stock ignition switch from a junker and had a locksmith re-do the tumblers (pins) to fit the key. So, I have a key that works both the ignition and door just like it came from the factory.



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'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
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