First of all, I'm not a locksmith. I'm not here
to learn how to do anything illegal or unethical.
If anyone is interested in my identity, a quick
Google usenet search of my email address will show
that I'm real.
I feel the need to say this stuff because when
I've asked local locksmiths for help, they seem
to assume that I am up to no good.
Here's my problem. I want to reproduce a key that
was used on a whole series of minicomputers in the
60's and 70's. I collect old technology, including
Here's a picture of the key in question:
The key says Taylor 137 on it. It is not an
original key and the boss or locating bar is
missing. BTW, it was very common for users
to remove the boss so that the lock could be
left in a position where someone with an
original could not get his key in the hole.
An original key was an Ace XX2247. Again, a
google search will show that this is for DEC
PDP minicomputers and not Coke machines or
The Taylor key that I have will just barely
work in my machines. I've taken it to local
locksmiths and the copies will not work. I
think it's a combination of the key being a
copy itself and the boss being missing.
What I would like is a replica of the
original key that works smoothly. I have a
milling machine with an indexing head and I
am a good machinist. If I had an Ace blank
and the dimensions of the cuts, I think I could
make a good copy. I could then stamp XX2247
on the key and it would be as close to
original as you could get. I asked local
locksmiths if they could sell me a few blanks
and I was treated with open hostility.
So, is it possible for me to get a few
blank Ace keys? How about the dimensions of
the cuts for an Ace XX2247?
Thanks for any help.
- posted 18 years ago