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Key Cut

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Barry, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    i ordered some blank N series keys for the T3 the other day.
    Turned up all good.

    I tried to get them cut at a few local key cutters and they all declined due to not cutting properly and the ramifications.

    No prob — I will just go to the local locksmith when I get the chance.

    So today I dropped in.

    Luckily when I changed the grommet around the side door handle they said to write down the key code that is stamped on the shank.

    The locksmith cut to the code rather than copying the key.

    Geez........what a difference.
    The keys I have are the originals and match all around.

    It cost a LOT more to get cut this way but the difference is night and day.

    Just thought I would share.
     
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  2. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice one Barry ;) ..... a classic you get what you pay for :rolleyes:
     
  3. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    I had a similar problem, but with an added factor ... I was trying to get key copied, but it was so worn, no one would cut me a new one based on it. I took it to a locksmith who looked up the code and cut some new ones based on this. I was pretty happy with my new keys, though they didn't actually work when I got home. I thought the locksmith must have made a mistake so I took them back. Anyway .... surprise, surprise (i.e. derr it's logical in hindsight), he explained (as he could tell from my old keys) that the lock itself had also worn. As such my old key was now sitting deeper in the lock and had pretty much worn itself a new code. Anyway ... he modified the new keys a bit and all good.

    Interesting though, as I initially just thought about a 40 year old key being the problem, not a 40 year old lock. Obviously though, they both wear.

    P.S. Subsequently swapped all of them out for brand new locks and keys, but that's another story.
     
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  4. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    .....and to throw something else into the mix.....I’ve seen lock barrels that have had their wafers filed down in order to operate. Owner was too bloody lazy , or time poor, to fit the proper length ones so that they sit flush when the key is inserted. No amount of coding will get a barrel like that to work properly.....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  5. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Guilty as charged you honour

    Yes - back in the day, I “keyed” a few locks with an angle grinder

    :(:confused::eek:

    :D
     
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  6. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Looks like I'll be joining you Barry, also guilty :oops:to make a lock work without enough brass keys or keys for that matter. I keyed a car to suit what I had no locks or keys ,so changed the lot to suit another car I had same key for one caro_O
     
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  7. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What makes you two think you’re alone......?.:rolleyes:
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  8. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Us two are alone as we are game enough to own up to one of the kombi sins:oops::oops: the rest hide or sell there trickery for some other to find out.:(
     
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  9. old grey

    old grey Well-Known Member

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    My first car, a corolla wagon, could be unlocked and started with a paddle pop stick !
     
  10. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Older cars only had a 1 in 20 uniqueness code or something.
    They were not that secure.

    Back in the early 90’s I was given a loaner from a panel beater after my work car needed some work.
    I had to go to a site/shopping centre and parked, tucked my brief case (remember those things) on the floor and went to work.
    Came back and drove off.
    A couple on minutes down the road and “sh!t - some one has stolen my case. It’s gone!”

    Actually, I had driven off in someone else’s car!
    Keys worked!

    Drove back to the shops and car spot had gone.
    Had to park somewhere else and slunk back to find my loaner with my case happily on the floor.

    Some poor bugger game back and would have been scratching their head for a while.
    I had to park a fair distance away from where they had
     
  11. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Love it!
     
  12. David H

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    Took me some time to decide if I would 'fess up' but here goes:p.
    1975 we're at a club. I'm keen on the girl. She says she can't get into her car ( Datsun 1200). I go & check with her key & she's right:p. Car not accessible. Break into car (misspent youth!), sit in drivers seat, put key in ignition, no go. Ponder what is happening other than I'm not going to be impressing her. Exit car, stand up in parking lot & see another same colour Datsun 1200 4 parks away:oops:. Key worked in that one:D.
    Sheepishly walk away. Report to girl what happened. Also told the owner of other car what I'd done:(.

    Cheers.
     
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  13. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Not unusual to see people these days in shopping centres trying to find where they parked their car :rolleyes::eek::confused:
     
  14. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^^ now that’s a cracker!
     
  15. TeeBee

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    I love this story! Ha ha!
     
  16. TeeBee

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    Yep, that was me once. I was walking up to my car, in a shopping centre car park, clicking the 'unlock' button on my car key, wondering why all the lights weren't flashing. Walked right up to the car, still pressing the button to no avail. I thought the battery in the key must have been flat. I was just about to put the key in the car door when I noticed MY car in the next row. I walked over to my car, very embarrassed, but was even more embarrassed when I realised that the owner of the other car was actually sitting in their driver's seat!
     
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  17. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Had an issue with VW Key & barrel - 1962 Beetle ...... put key in driver's door (passenger door had to be unlocked from inside as no lock barrel on that side in them days) turned key and barrel came out with the key :eek: door didn't unlock :( put the barrel back in and turned to lock again, removed key, swore :confused:, replaced key and turned to open while putting what pressure could be put on the barrel and door unlocked :D and barrel stayed in place :p ...... only ever happened that one time :rolleyes:
     
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  18. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    How Embarrassment :confused: :oops:
     
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  19. Grantus

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    When my mechanic was an apprentice, a customer parked their T3 at Canberra airport, and posted them the key as they flew out, to collect the vehicle, and take it back to the workshop for a service.

    Boss and apprentice, drive to the airport parking lot to collect the vehicle, spot the T3, and away they went. As he was driving back to work in tandem, he thought, “This has some grunt!”, even overtaking his boss at times along the journey.

    Back at the workshop, he was tasked with the service. Crack open the rear door and engine hatch, and looks down - that’s no stock 2.1 VW motor! Boss and he look down at a V6 Holden engine.......

    Boss ring the client to explain they a VW specialists and can’t work on his car. Customer complains, saying, “It’s a VW, so why not?”

    “Coz we can’t do Holdens, we don’t have the right tools,” explains the boss. The customer then swears it’s a stock 2.1 VW motor..........

    After a little back and forward, the Boss wants to check the rego plate........ not a match! :eek: Oops! WRONG T3!!!


    Off they went, to return the T3 back to the airport car park, to find a recently arrived couple from a flight, with keys in their hand, talking to Police as they point out the arriving T3. They were leaving the terminal as they watched the T3 leave the car park, and assume they were witnessing it being stolen!

    After much explaining about NOT stealing the vehicle, and the Police accepting their story as genuine, another look around the airport, and in the other car park, the correct T3 was found! :D
     
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  20. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    One of your T3's involved;)?
    Cheers
     
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