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Old 07-18-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
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Part number for Argosy MH ignition key blank?

I was under the impression the Argosy used a standard 'A code' ignition tumbler. Either I am wrong, Bella has had a tumbler change at some point, or the guy at that key cutting place didn't have the correct blank so used something close, as my new spare key wont even slide in the barrel.

I am going to order some blanks from Classic Industries to double check the last option, but the most likely, correct option is I'm wrong so can someone set me straight?
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:35 AM   #2
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Martin,

Why not just replace the switch and lock cylinder? I did that for the 310 and I have a set on the shelf for my Argosy. From RockAuto the cost was around $35 for the pair.

Ignition switch - ACDelco D1406A $20.79
Ignition lock cylinder - ACDelco D1499A $10.30

The ignition switch will eventually be a failure point which is why I opted to replace my 40 year old switch.

Just a thought.

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Old 07-19-2015, 06:42 AM   #3
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If you decide to replace the lock cylinder and switch, you will see a small round hole next to where the key goes in. It's been several years since I did it, but I remember putting the key in the ignition, put a paper clip or other small, stiff wire into the hole, and push it in while rotating the key. The lock assembly will pull out. I forget whether you rotate to the "start" or "acc" position, but make sure the battery is disconnected to prevent starting.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:44 AM   #4
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Terry, I kinda sorta forgot to mention that little tidbit didn't I!
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Great suggestions guys and I will get a pair on order.

What I have is working fine at the moment, so was just trying to get a second key as an insurance policy in case 'I' misplace the original (as seems to happen too frequently in our house....)
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This requires a ordinary GM ignition key that's been used since 1967. All you need to know is the letter code on the key blank; A thru J - use trial and error to get the right key blank.

From there you get the key code on the ignition lock cylinder housing; convert the code to a 6 digit number; and cut your key to fit; 6 cuts to match the 6 tumblers. This isn't rocket science. An old school GM parts guy can do it.

OR.....as others have suggested, you can replace the ignition lock cylinder assembly - complete with a new set of keys. This style lock cylinder has been in use since 1968.

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Seems old school GM parts guys are thin on the ground nowadays. My key is a GM key but doesn't have a letter of code on it. So I took it to the GM parts place....they can't supply spares for anything earlier the 1992 and even then don't have blanks for any cars, they just order ready cut keys to the code. So I took it to the hardware store (that cuts automotive keys), all his (Hillman) charts only got back to 1992 as well, but he picked the best matched blank, which is B-48 (=A code) but no joy.

I have a specialist locksmith nearby but they are only open 9-4 Mon-Fri which means taking time off work just to get a second key cut.
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Old 07-29-2015, 03:42 PM   #8
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For anyone interested at least my puzzle is solved. Working backwards the key matched the Hillman blank #07, which means it was a GM J code blank.....even though there is no code stamped on the key.
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I was curious so I checked my motorhomes last night. My Argosy has a C code and the Southwind has a D code. Both appear to use the same style of ignition switch. That switch will be fore sale in the near future if anyone is interested
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