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Old 07-27-2021, 10:40 AM   #1
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I am having problems with this lock. I believe I will have to replace it. Should it be easy to find? It is on my 1983 Excella. I tinkered with it but never could get it to work enough to feel like it would be dependable. I believe it is a cam lock. Do you folks have any thoughts on where to purchase it or how to repair?
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Old 07-27-2021, 11:47 AM   #2
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I would call Out Of Doors Mart and talk to the guys at the sales counter to see if they have a lock cylinder that will keep the keying original.

If they don't have anything, I think I have seen the lock cylinders at Lowes. They come in lengths that vary from 3/4" up to 1 1/2". I think the brand that I saw is Gatehouse.
Take the old one with you, to confirm the size.

You will need to use the latching plate and escutcheon trim from your existing lock.

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You can also look here, they have many options that might work.
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:25 PM   #3
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I would call Out Of Doors Mart and talk to the guys at the sales counter to see if they have a lock cylinder that will keep the keying original.

If they don't have anything, I think I have seen the lock cylinders at Lowes. They come in lengths that vary from 3/4" up to 1 1/2". I think the brand that I saw is Gatehouse.
Take the old one with you, to confirm the size.

You will need to use the latching plate and escutcheon trim from your existing lock.

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You can also look here, they have many options that might work.
http://compx.com/products-fort.html
Thanks for the comment. This cylinder came out of a lock housing they no longer make. I am going to take your advice and check Lowes out it can’t hurt anything to try. The cylinder is 5/8” diameter and about 1 3/4” long . I got a email and call into the place you recommended thank you for responding .
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:57 PM   #4
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I wish the first response was helpful but I believe you will soon discover the particular requirements of the barrel to housing match will not be found in the marketplace for this discontinued lock assembly. FYI, changing the tumblers to match the key is not an issue for any locksmith. You will have to resolve whatever the issue is with your pieces or start down an entirely different road. For most, the issue is cracked or broken metal where the screw attaches the latch bar which sometimes may be resolved by tapping for a larger screw.

I have tackled this repair twice in the past couple of years and, after an extensive search, was unable to find another lock mechanism that worked with the greater handle/escutcheon housing. I was able to fix the parts for my lock latches but the alternative is to replace the entire handle/lock mechanism which will also require a new door as the aluminum cutout is larger than the modern assembly. You may avoid a new door if you are willing to mount a patch over the old escutcheon opening and starting anew.
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I would call Out Of Doors Mart and talk to the guys at the sales counter to see if they have a lock cylinder that will keep the keying original.

If they don't have anything, I think I have seen the lock cylinders at Lowes. They come in lengths that vary from 3/4" up to 1 1/2". I think the brand that I saw is Gatehouse.
Take the old one with you, to confirm the size.

You will need to use the latching plate and escutcheon trim from your existing lock.

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You can also look here, they have many options that might work.
http://compx.com/products-fort.html
We are traveling this week that was the reason I was trying to get it repaired. No luck around here. The cylinder is about 1 3/4” Fit for that housing. I took the leap and gutted it. Spring, cams right down to the tumblers. Did some filing and polishing and put it back together and praise the Lord it worked. If I can just baby it alone. I am still going to look for a cylinder for it though. I believe I will take it up to Lowes and try one in the housing and see what I am up against. I might be Abel to bore the housing back a 1/4 “ and make it recess deeper but still function.
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Old 07-28-2021, 12:43 PM   #6
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I wish the first response was helpful but I believe you will soon discover the particular requirements of the barrel to housing match will not be found in the marketplace for this discontinued lock assembly. FYI, changing the tumblers to match the key is not an issue for any locksmith. You will have to resolve whatever the issue is with your pieces or start down an entirely different road. For most, the issue is cracked or broken metal where the screw attaches the latch bar which sometimes may be resolved by tapping for a larger screw.

I have tackled this repair twice in the past couple of years and, after an extensive search, was unable to find another lock mechanism that worked with the greater handle/escutcheon housing. I was able to fix the parts for my lock latches but the alternative is to replace the entire handle/lock mechanism which will also require a new door as the aluminum cutout is larger than the modern assembly. You may avoid a new door if you are willing to mount a patch over the old escutcheon opening and starting anew.
Yes they give us little hope . I told my wife we always fix things never replace them. Why spend the money. We live in a throw away world because nobody wants to repair anymore or does not know how. These. old trailers are getting popular to buy and repair you would think they would create a part source. Heck there like the old Dodge truck in the seventies they made a bunch of models but most of the where interchangeable .
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We are traveling this week that was the reason I was trying to get it repaired. No luck around here. The cylinder is about 1 3/4” Fit for that housing. I took the leap and gutted it. Spring, cams right down to the tumblers. Did some filing and polishing and put it back together and praise the Lord it worked. If I can just baby it alone. I am still going to look for a cylinder for it though. I believe I will take it up to Lowes and try one in the housing and see what I am up against. I might be Abel to bore the housing back a 1/4 “ and make it recess deeper but still function.
If keying, tumbler pins, and springs are the issue, any good locksmith can rebuild that old cylinder to make it work like new.
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