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  1. excellent information ben, and thanks for mentioning my website, although it has not been updated in several years... i have been looking for more detailed information about the early delco ignition switches and you have just provided it... have been devoting most of my time now to writing a book about automobile locks and keys... have seen a lot of mis-information posted on other threads here.... //michael//
  2. daracq, the rectangular key can be duplicated by a locksmith. the other key, while not a clum key, is also not a copy. it was made by king lock company of chicago. king was making these kinds of keys before clum. king was in business between 1913 and 1922. briggs and stratton used king locks in their early switches as did caskey-dupree of marietta, ohio.
  3. There was an anniversary set produced i believe for 1949 or 50. came as a boxed set of two. these appear occasionally on ebay for between 30 and 60 dollars. The key shown by barry brown is a crest key. crest keys were popular in the 50s and 60s and were made with logos from most automobiles, as well as logos from auto related industries - gas companies, insurance companies, motels, banks, and so on.
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    ya know i have to wonder why y'all seem to want to reduce the security of your cars by bypassing the resistor chip. by today's standards, the keys are really not that expensive. (my subaru dealer wanted $200 for a spare key) vats keys have to be less than $25. must be the "i do it because i can" syndrome.
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    GM Locks

    GM locks between 1935 and 1965 were sidebar locks with a four digit code number between 8000 and 9500. The number was usually stamped on the door locks and sometimes could be seen if a hole were punched in the edge of the door adjacent to the lock. the hole could later be covered with a rubber plug.
  6. There are an awful lot of pot metal locks out there from the 20s and 30s that don't work due to "zinc rot". One of the causes of this was factory workers sweeping up scrap from the floors and dumping it into the vats to be reused. This actually changed the composition of the metal. A type of corrosion that results from the use of improper mixtures of alloying metals is called intergranular corrosion. Small particles of certain metals can create electrochemically active cells in moist environments. This results in swelling and "rotting" of the metal rendering it not only unusable, but unrepaira
  7. Another way, obviously,would be to go to a locksmith. If you elect to do it on your own you would probably need to know the 15 resistor values first. A variable resistor might not prove accurate. Another thing to consider, as i recall, is that after using an incorrect value, you would have a four minute delay until a correct value would work. (this is from my locksmithing days back in the 1980s.)
  8. can anyone identify the vehicle for this locksmith ad
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