TWENTY YEARS AGO
Doug Selby, Slide Lock Tools, warned that Japanese carmakers were installing the toughest anti-theft locks. Jerry Levine returned to the Ledger after a car crash, heart attack and bypass surgery. Charles Cole offered his thoughts on the basics of master keying. Power Star inverters explained how easy it is to have power to spare in your work vehicle. Gayle Pasternak interviewed Dennis Talesco, a New York locksmith. Ronson explained the advantages of their multi-lube spray. T.C. Mickley attended a class on GM sidebar impressioning - a lost art. Mr. Mickley also reported on Lok-Safe window locks. Chuck Charter, Yale Security, began a series on exit device requirements. Hank Spicer discovered a way to copy infrared signals from a car remote by using a part from Radio Shack. Lock Technology showed their line of auto lockout tools. Where are they now? A bright idea from AAA Products was a miniature light kit made especially for illumination when opening cars. Milt Wolferseder showed opening techniques for Sentry 1230 safes. Another safe article outlines how to open an HHM portable safe. Allan Halverson, Lockmasters, offered suggestion on making repairs after a safe has been drilled open. John Herrmann found a new electronic clock movement, which fits S&G plus LaGard movement cases.
TEN YEARS AGO
Jerry Levine began a series featuring the Hub MiniMax by IEI. Tim O’Leary reported on several access control products from Cansec Security. Stephen Steeves, ScanLock Security Technologies, discussed his line of products. Lever tumbler key fitting was the topic of an article by Gale Johnson. Tom Gillespie tested the GL650 gunlok by Pro-Lok. Jerry Levine demonstrated the procedures for servicing rekeyable padlocks made by American Lock. Jerry Levine's column included information on the Ilco Nova 2000 key duplicator, Chit key vault and lock guards by Trimco. Tim O’Leary also reported on access control systems by Iltellikey. Where are they now? Tom Gillespie visited A-1 Corporate Hardware in Springfield, IL. In a woman-to-woman segment, Jennifer Robinson interviewed Dawn Schwartz and Debbie Long at their locksmith business in Oakland, CA. Tiny showed how to fit keys to a Chevrolet Avalanche.
WHAT IS IT?
The local Studebaker Avanti Club in Chicago contacted Locksmith Ledger when they needed keys made for a 1964 Avanti, and we obliged. There were only about 4600 of the original Avantis made during 1963 and 1964. Studebaker discontinued the original Avanti in 1964 and closed all Studebaker car production in mid 1965.
Ilco still lists the X1199AR key blank for Studebaker & Avanti which is used for the keyed alike door and ignition locksets. A poke hole for the retainer is pre-drilled for easy plug removal without picking. Code cards are not available for this key. Spacing is the same as Chrysler locks of that era, but the depths are pure Studebaker.
Depths: 1)222 2)204 3)186 4)168 5)150.
Codes are not printed on the locks.