Ziptide, June 2018

June 4, 2018

1960 Studebaker Key?

I have the door cylinder from a 1960 Studebaker Lark and I am trying to cut a key that works it so it also works the ignition. I tried using the 1125h blank which is .200 wide and I really need about .260 to have the one and two depths. Also I am unable to find the space and depths for this lock. Reading some stuff tells me that I should expect .018 steps but I have no way of verifying . Any help would be appreciated as it looks like Studebaker went through many different companies during this time span. Thank you.

Richard Vigue

From Editor-In-Chief Gale Johnson: Most Studebaker cars used the Ilco X1199AR key blank and depth/spaces shown in Studebaker1. A card for the HPC1200 machine can be printed from the studebakercard. Pdf.  VERY few Studebakers used Hurd locks with the 1125H blank but that blank is not high enough for  a .250 depth. I am sure you need the X1199AR blank.   

American Lock Keys

My father has a bunch of old American Lock Company keys in a drawer and I do not know what they go to. He doesn't really remember what is what these days. I would like to send a photo of one of the keys, they each have their own serial number. Maybe someone can tell me what kind of lock they belong to.

Robert Gerhardt

From Editor-In-Chief Gale Johnson: American Lock Company is a manufacturer of padlocks and is now owned by Master Lock Company.   All original keys made by American Lock do contain a code number. Unfortunately American Lock did not stamp a corresponding code number on their padlocks.  If you have a group of padlocks the only recourse would be to try each of your keys in the locks until you find one that operates.  I would be happy to receive your key photo but my answer will probably be the same as above.

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