I have a Briggs & Stratton ignition/light switch which I think is from a Model T
I would like to use it on my 1936 Chris Craft
the switch has the typical Dim/Off/On lettering on the front
unfortunately I do not have the key for it
it is stamped with the number 50 on the front where the key is inserted
I have done a little research and it appears that the keys start with #51
any help appreciated
I'd take it to a locksmith and have a new key made.
Look close at that #50.
You may find it is a #60.
Then too, it may not have actually been a Model T switch assembly.
It seems to me that I read something about early keys with numbers under 51. If your lock really is a 60, you can buy a new key from any Model T parts dealer. But if it's actually 50 see a locksmith.
On the regular T switches you can take it apart and rearrange the tabs to fit any key you want. Anyway I think I have Keys clear up in the 70s I will look
I checked and I have them all the way to 74. Send me a message. Please don't send through the message board! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
I just checked my Langs Catalog and they have keys to 74.
Guys, I really doubt that any modern locksmith will have a clue how the T key works, while the function is the same as a modern lock, the design will just be too foreign to him/her--GRAVITY works the pins??? What?????!!! Yer kiddin'!!!
Take it to a GM dealership. They're getting lots of experience with "gravity" operated switches.
Then there is another problem, between 4 and 6 different companies made those ignition switch sets and the parts do not interchange.
Troy has the best one if it has Briggs and Stratton on the back.
I'm kind of a retired locksmith, but I was able to fix 2 safes this week and I never went to safe school.
The too, 1 was a 1997 and had push buttons and batteries that had never been changed and the owner did not even know there were batteries in the door.