Ziptide December 2017

Dec. 4, 2017

1929 Plymouth Keys

The reason for our email is to see if you know where to look to find out how to make the first key for a 1929 Plymouth. Do you know which blank it took? Or can you steer us in the right direction to find the answers? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Alan/ Charlotte

Flora Battery and Alternator

After checking old Reed codes I found five different series which were used during 1927 to 1932.  In 1933 Chrysler changed to a Yale 'bent' key if you are familiar with that one.   '27-'32 code series used standard B&S (Strattec) wafer locks and can be fit by using a 1098M key blank. 

If you can find a code number on the locks, please contact me. I can then give you the cuts and correct B&S blank such as 1098DB, etc.  

Be careful with these old die cast locks.  Insert a small screw driver into the keyway and gently turn the plug left and right to see if it moves. Even if the plug moves, I would not suggest impressioning because the plug is so fragile. Old die cast plugs can swell in the case and freeze solid. There is no way to  fix this. If you try taking the plug out it will just fall apart into a bunch of small pieces. 

--Gale Johnson

Restroom Equipment Keys?

Do you know of a list of common keys for restroom equipment / towel dispensers (similar to your list of Master & Removal keys for desks)?

Tom Gillespie CML, CIL, CCL

Starfleet Lock & Safe

Try “”.  Unfortunately most Kotex and paper towel vending keys are stamped and precut. Aftermarket key mfrs. Don’t make these keys.

--Gale Johnson

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