Need to locate supplier of Keys for Model T Tool Boxes, Yale Lock assembly. Richard L. Kemp
I bought a tool box without a key. Took it to my local locksmith and he made a key in about 10 minutes. That's one of those jobs that looks impossible to us, but to a professional is easy-peasy.
I took my Yale lock apart and made a key myself. It is not impossible. If I knew a locksmith would do it in 10 minutes I would have given him the job. But now that I think about it my lock was froze up and needed to be taken apart. They are just a flat key nothing fancy.
Any Yale locks I have found have a number on the tumbler or face and a real locksmith will have the old books with the numbers going way back to cut the keys. I found one but they are becoming rare just like all old stuff.
Jarvis Erickson, the Mercury body guru. He is a locksmith specializing in old car locks and keys.
The problem I have had is the locksmith didn't have a blank
This is irrelevant to getting a key, but there are no Model T tool boxes. There are running board tool boxes, made by various manufacturers, in many sizes. Many Model T owners bought them.
I second the idea of consulting a locksmith. If your local one doesn't have or can't find a blank, Google antique auto keys.
I would be great if you would post a picture of your lock so we could see if it is a simple hasp lock that uses a flat key or a more substantial, tumbler type lock that uses a heavy, grooved key.
The most common hasp type locks on running board toolboxes seem to be Corbin, Eagle and Yale. These locks use simple, flat keys. I believe that Hayes toolboxes have Corbin locks, even though the locks are stamped "Hayes."
Corbin and Eagle have square bottoms.
Yale has a round bottom.
If your box has a lock riveted to the inside of the box and the lock that protrudes through front of the box like a strong box with a latch on the lid, that is a slightly different animal but those too tend to use simple, flat keys.
If you know the number of the key, you can sometimes find it on eBay.
I collect and sell tool box locks. Sometimes I have keys. So far I have only found and sold Corbin and Eagle locks. The only Yale locks I have are still on boxes.
On one occasion I went into a local antique shop with my locks that didn't have keys and spent time seeing if any of their flat keys fit. I did have success and found three keys that way.
I have also took a flat key that worked on multiple locks and used it as a pattern to file another flat key so it would also work. It was crude, but it did work for me.
Here is an example of the Corbin hasp locks I have been selling:
Here is an example of a Yale hasp lock - note the round bottom:
Bought a eight dollar box of keys at the flea market a few years back, found 7 T ign. keys and several old yale type keys that were easily made to work for tool box keys. KGB