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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: Ignition key
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By jon pederson, Minneapolis,MN on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 04:53 pm:

I have a switch stamped 60, and a key stamped 60.
But the key won't work. Everything in the tumbler seems loose, poking around with a sharp tool.
??


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 07:10 pm:

Tumblers were made of pot metal that often goes bad over the years. May be some damage inside causing a need for complete overhaul.
I collected a few cheap incomplete switch plates until I did an overhaul and got four usable ones out of 7-8 incomplete. Two new tumblers were also used, different makers though both were of bad quality that needed lots of filing and fitting.
To get the tumblers out you'll have to drill out two rivets. I replaced the rivets with screws, but that gives extra work creating space for the nuts inside, so rivets are recommended for reassembly.

There is a specialist that can fix your switch like new for a reasonable price, but it's fairly straightforward so I'd say anyone who can restore a Model T can also fix the switch :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By jon pederson, Minneapolis,MN on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 07:24 pm:

Thanks Roger, you have a second life as a safe cracker. I was hoping not to take apart the tumbler but if it don't work--. I hate spending time on little stuff when I still need to get the engine running.
Jon


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 07:36 pm:

Not too bad having some cleaner work you can do at the desk inside your house ;)
Check the swap meets and ebay - you may find a incomplete switch cheap with a working tumbler at a reasonable price, then you can move over what's missing and the electric contact parts on the rear side are usually a piece of cake to get to work - though there are two major styles, the pin type that you can take apart by just turning and the tab type where you need to be very careful not to break the tabs that holds the parts together when you have to bend the tabs.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ted Dumas on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 08:55 pm:

The nose on my repro 55 key was a little long and wouldn't work in my 27 coupe. So I filed it down to match the key which came with the car when I bought it in 1957. That key was not an original Ford key but worked nicely. After filing the new repro key also worked. Why don't you seek out an original #60 key in the Forum classifieds.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By jon pederson, Minneapolis,MN on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:19 pm:

Here is my key. I am assuming it's original. Stamped 60 on back side.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Howard on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 03:58 pm:

I recently bought two Repro keys#61 and neither of them worked in either of the two ignition switches I wanted them for. So I took them to a key cutting stall at the local shopping centre with an old functioning key and had him use the old one as the guide and run the cutter over the new ones...it worked and now both new keys are usable.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dean Kiefer - Adams, MN on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 04:15 pm:

Jon, I just copied your key, where do you park your car?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By jon pederson, Minneapolis,MN on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 08:41 pm:

Dean,
You can drive it away, all you need to do is all the wiring, adjust all the bands, and get it running.
I'll supply the beer and a wrench.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 06:41 am:

If you really hate messing with small stuff you can send the switch plate to Ben Martin in GA, contact info in this thread: http://mtfca.com/cgi-bin/discus/show.cgi?tpc=118802&post=259966


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