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May 19, 2017, 7:46pm Report to Moderator

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I'm new to the forum.

I have bought a 'Barn Find' 1975 Triumph Dolomite 1500 as a project   However the keys have been lost in the last 40 years.

So my question is, where is the best place to get replacement keys from please?  I understand that a code is needed from the lock ?  (i think). I've no idea how to find the code.  At the moment I can't lock the vehicle which isn't a problem as it's garaged safely.  I don't wish to replace the barrel's if i can help it as they aren't damaged and are perfectly useble.

Thanks very much

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May 19, 2017, 10:04pm Report to Moderator
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a decent locksmith should be able to make you one just with lock
it would be cheaper if you took a door lock or the steering lock with you. as against a call out.
you can remove the steering  lock by tapping the shear bolts round (anti clockwise) with a very sharp small chisel, just takes a bit of time. also with the steering lock removed you can drive it
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Thank you.
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We had to address this with our Spitfire, which has very similar locks.  We did have an ignition key but no others.

First off, none of the lock barrels had key numbers that we could find.
Secondly, if you have a selection of keys and the barrels out, it is possible to select a best fit key and then swap tumblers around to improve it.  If you have extra locks for a greater selection of tumblers, it helps.  Tumblers can also be filed down.

We managed to end up with a one key for the ignition and one more that fitted both doors and the boot.  The boot lock mechanism was a mixture of Rover 25, MX5, with a Triumph barrel......

It's simple engineering - no magic or witchcraft.


Nick Jones
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usually the ignition and door locks are the same key, with only the boot lock being different, that is why a locksmith is the cheaper idea as you cant remove the steering lock barrel without the correct key.
once you have got the old bolts out you can just use ordinary bolts of the same thread to put the ign lock back on
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You can get the correct shear bolts for the ignition lock if you end up having to temove it. Get yourself over to the TDC forum. There are quite a few knowledgable people on there who may be able to help. The ignition key should be the same as the doors. The boot and glovebox are matching and take a different key to the doors/ignition one. I think there is a number stamped on the glovebox lock and CT do a key service so they might be able to provide you with any suitable keys you may need.

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