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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 6:11 AM Thread Starter
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I know I'll probably get flamed for this maneuver, but I lost the keys to the '67 and I didn't have a spare set.
I've talked to a locksmith, he said it is possible to make another set. It will involve a lot of trial and error and a lot of $$$$.
Is there a way to get new keys from GM (Not sure they are original) or can I get in to the trunk by removing the back seat and open it some how?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 6:37 AM
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chuck:

I believe that if you take the back seat out, you will not be able to squeeze through the crisscross metal brace that is there ( I think), but I would still take the back seat out and get a good flashlight, if you see the keys, you should be able to rig something up to grab them or pull them closer to you and BAM...grab em!

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post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 6:40 AM
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Framer,get a long flat head screw driver and attach it to a long piece(about 3 ft) of thin wood/stick with a hose clamp.pop out the back seat,get a flashlight,and away you go.I've done this trick numerous times,never fails.

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Lost your keys! Is the glove box lock and the trunk lock use the same key? You could make a key from that but it would only give you 4 of the 6 cuts for the trunk lock. (cuts are the valleys in the bitting of a key) The other 2 have to be found by progression. Since you most likely don't have a key machine the easist way in would be to drill the trunk lock. All you need is a 3/16 drill bit. Drill 3/16 to a 1/4 inch to the left of the center of the key opening. Drill only 1 inch deep. Should open with a turn of a screwdriver. If not fish out the sidebar( a small square piece of metal that looks like a crankshaft key)out of the hole. It will be in there loosely. Then just buy a new lock from the locksmith. You can even have the trunk lock matched to your IGN key if you wanted to,about $20.00.

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post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 7:19 AM
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Stick with the backseat/pole/screwdriver method it never fails!

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post #6 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 7:34 AM
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Take out the back seat. Get a ratchet, lots of extensions, and the correct size socket for the bolt on the trunk latch (the part that is not connected to the lid). Take out the bolts, raise the trunk, and put the latch back in place.

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post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 8:22 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by junglejimmie:
Stick with the backseat/pole/screwdriver method it never fails!
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Anybody remember that episode of the Brady Bunch, when Jim Baccus(Thurston Howell/Mr Magoo) throws the Bradys into a jail in a ghost town, and takes their fried chicken? They had to take all their belts off and used their shoes or something to knock the keys off the wall.
I dunno......just reminded me of that

Framer, give it a try...if all else fails, leave the car in the Bronx with a sign that says free 30" TV inside trunk.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Big Block Dave:
Anybody remember that episode of the Brady Bunch, when Jim Baccus(Thurston Howell/Mr Magoo) throws the Bradys into a jail in a ghost town, and takes their fried chicken? They had to take all their belts off and used their shoes or something to knock the keys off the wall.
I dunno......just reminded me of that

Framer, give it a try...if all else fails, leave the car in the Bronx with a sign that says free 30" TV inside trunk.
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How bout when Marsha got hit with the football"OH my Nose".Or Peters voice changed or Tiger knocked over the house of cards,or.....BBD you are watching to much Cable TV.Or else you are remembering this from 30 years ago which is even worse. I can relate.
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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 8:48 AM
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Sorry Chuck, guess I just assumed you meant that you "locked the keys in the trunk" now I see that you just plain lost the keys....yikes! I like the idea Dave had about leaving a sign on it in the Bronx, priceless. Funny Dave, I just saw that Brady episode last week, perks of having a 4 yr. old daughter that is hooked on the Brady's....Woopie!

Exactly what is in the trunk anyway??

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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 9:17 AM
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options:

1. Find lost keys. ( easiest )
A lot of us assumed the keys are locked in the trunk because you mentioned trying to get in there. I'll bet thats were they are. If not, they are someplace. Just try to get to the same place they are and WHAMMO! problem solved.
2. Buy new locks. Set for all is around $100.
You can get all the locks changed pretty easy except for the glove box, I think. On a 69, you need the key to remove the tumbler to remove the bezel nut.
3. Pay locksmith. $100 ? ?
find out.

4. Punch the lock out of the trunk and hotwire the ignition. Not acceptable in
some parts of the country.

5. Sell car as is.
This is last resort.

Cheer up! At least you have a car with no keys instead of keys with no car.

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Could you just remove A rear speaker and go with the extended pickup trick? I'm partial to the coat hanger trick

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post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input guys!

BBD - Can I get directions to the Bronxs from Toronto? Sounds like the easiest route!

Undee - I think you and I are on the same page. The locksmith talked about the progression method, just wondering if it wouldn't be easier to use Ragtop70's idea to open the trunk and just buy a new glovebox and trunk lock set with keys? I have the glove box out now and when I saw only 4 tumblers I thought something was missing. The locksmith thought it should have 5 not 4.
Anyways, I managed to get the ingnition cylinder out with out the keys (Don't Ask) and have an ignition key but the tumblers were so badly worn that he had to replace them so I guess I have to remove all the door locks and get them replaced as well.
Guess I learned a lession on this one!

Let me know what you all think.

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by framer:


Can I get directions to the Bronxs from Toronto? Sounds like the easiest route!
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Are there more than one of the? ?

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Chuck,

Ya gotta believe - believe brother, that you are gonna find those keys!

Of course, however, NOT until you spend lots of time and money re-keying that whole car.

THEN, and only then, will they magically turn up between the cushions of the sofa. Or in the sugar bowl. Or in the cat's ear.

BOL......

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post #15 of 39 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 01, 1:33 PM Thread Starter
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Dan,

You know, I remember putting them on my desk and saying I'll put them here so I put them back in my daily driver (where I usually keep them)and that's all I can remember.

But your probably right, as soon as I re key them whole deal they will turn up!

Sucks to be me!

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