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Old 09-04-2009, 08:23 PM   #1
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Door lock key - 1956

I acquired this summer a 56 FC without a key to the door lock. Images of the lock mechanism are attached. Can anyone advise me about how to get a key that operates that lock? I am willing to take the mecanism to a locksmith, but if there are any special tricks, please let me know.

Does anyone know if this is the blank that I need?: ducts_id=576

Thanks, Hank

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Old 09-04-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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Try Out of Doors Mart. They sell several keys for vintage airstreams.

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Old 09-04-2009, 10:32 PM   #3
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I had the same issue. I went to about 4 or 5 locksmiths - no luck. Finally I found one and he reworked the entire lock and made me several keys. Just keep looking.

Old locks are hard to repair is what I found out. Some don'e want to take the time because they can't charge enough for the time they put in.

Good luck.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:03 AM   #4
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Thanks to all for the replies. I will get started with locksmiths.

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Old 09-06-2009, 01:13 PM   #5
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If you can get the blanks most GOOD locksmiths can make a key . I know I had crossbed toolbox issues and also roll-around toolbox lock issues. I tool those locks out and took to my local locksmith. He had no problem makin keys for either the tube lock or regular pin type locks. Just keep lookin you will find an OLE LOCKSMITH that knows what he is doing.
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:28 PM   #6
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They have two different types of Bargman old and one newer....if you have the original Bargman lock, you will need the older local locksmith told me he wouldn't guarantee the key if I brought in my own blank so I let him make a duplicate of my Bargman for now from a blank that looks nothing like the Bargman blank....but I plan to order the correct blank from VTS and take my chances. Paula
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #7
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I did succeed in getting new keys for the door lock. I took the lock mechanism to a locksmith recommended by a good hardware store, and the locksmith made a key that worked. He had to grind down the bottom of the blank to make it work.

Thanks for the assistance. Hank
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:20 AM   #8
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Hopefully your lock is better than mine! Pretty much any key that fits will open it!
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:57 PM   #9
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I too have a 56 Flying Cloud that is a new acquisition and need a good lock mechanism and key. My local locksmith has been working on mine for several days and the best he can do is make me a key for a badly worn mechanism. Has anybody found something that will replace the original tumblers etc?

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