1952 Cadillac ignition. I just learned how to pick and remove the ignition on older GM locks. Very fun job to tinker around with and learn. The sidebar in GM locks is one hell of a mechanism for the 50s! : Locksmith


what is truly amazing is GM used very similar ignition switches up thru 1990 on P30 vans.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=942141&cc=1059331&jsn=2517

the flats for the D shaped hole are in different spots on the later versions. but there is enough room to file a new flat to keep the alignment. the connector pigtails have a slightly different shape but the terminals can be moved easily from the early connector body to the new connector body without having to recrimp them.

working in a cadillac restoration shop in the 80s.. the bosses had a big box of GM keys . they would get a car in and find keys that fit and leave the keys with that car.. cutting down on the box of keys.. i finally got them to let me figure out the depths and cut new keys by depth and put the originals back in the box..

somebody threw away my list of 102 try out keys for GM locks decades ago. long before i worked at the caddy shop.. at one time in the late 80s, we had 7, 59 Eldorado Biarritz convertables in the shop for restoration .. just thought i would share..



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Fun job today. Customer took the cover off to “lube it” but it all came in jingling in a zip lock. Its all good now. : Locksmith


I think you have to ask for the flair. I refuse to ask, because I prefer to earn the appellation with the golden quality of my locksmith-minutiae-laden posts.

The picture of the inside of that Schlage L94XX reminds me of my favorite factory screwup that illustrates the importance of putting these locks together exactly the way they came from the factory. That little plastic piece in the lower left that holds back the fire activated latch blocker… it’s mushroom shaped with the fat part towards the lock case cover. Back in ’03 or so we installed over 250 Omnilock locks on a high school. They used a modified Schlage L mortise lock that included a little electric motor at the top right to lock and unlock the hub. The company that modified them apparently employed a dodo who put the locks back together with that mushroom shaped plastic piece with the fat side first, then stuck the spring loaded latch blocker onto it afterwards, obviously because it’s easier than holding the blocker down and putting the plastic bit in after. It looks OK upon a cursory examination, but this little “assembly shortcut” started to bite us in the ass after a few years. Without the fat part of the “mushroom” holding it in, the door being used would gradually cause the latch blocker to walk towards the mortise case cover. Eventually, it reaches the gap between the cover and the end of the plastic piece and pops up, blocking the latch. This makes the door difficult to open from either side without forcing the handle very hard and deforming that piece. This event is particularly amusing when it happens to someone in a bathroom or other single door room. We keep thinking we got them all because there’s no incident for months, but then I had one do it last week.



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Y’all ever get those scammer emails that say they’ll pay thousands over cost if you send some to their “agent”? I’ve been having a little fun with one the last few days. : Locksmith


Scammer: Good day, my name is Walton I will like to know if you will be able to help me with Locksmith service & can I know all your service area?

I thought this was strange but figured I’d answer anyway.

Me: The (my city) and surrounding areas. What can I help you with?

Scammer: Good I just purchase a new house in city. The Property has 4 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms 1 front entry and I bank entry ( 12doors in total) all doors are freshly installed and prepped with holes how much will it cost me and also the hardware cost?

WILL SEND IMAGE OF LOCK WITH IT

I’ve had messages like this in the past so I was pretty sure I knew what was going on. Thought I’d give him a little work to do.

Me: The main variable is the hardware. Pick out what you want and I can quote it for you. I would suggest browsing Home Depot or Lowes website, pick out the brand, style and finish and send me a link. I will also need a complete list of how many keyed door knobs/levers, dead bolts, privacy knobs/levers, entry handle sets and any other hardware you’d like installed.

If not, I would charge a $45 service call to go there and do a walk through to quote it out.

Thanks

Scammer: Service Needed: 

Bathroom Hardware Type preffered: (Flair lever with Brookshire trim bath lock) x5 of it to be installed Color: Bright Brass or Dark Bronze

Bedroom Hardware Type preferred ( Birmingham Lever with Brookshire trim bed lock ) x 5 of it would be installed to 5 bathroom doors.

Front and Back Hardware Type preferred ( Camelot Aged Bronze Single Cylinder Deadbolt with Accent Lever Door Handleset )

Note: Front entry hardware and back entry hardware on the door locks are to be keyed alike . 

Thanks 

Who picks hardware like that anyway?

Me: That hardware is not available from my suppliers. If you bought the hardware yourself I would charge a $45 service call and $280 to install/rekey.

Scammer: Good evening, how you doing today?

Can you please get me something similar with the one i sent and make the order?

Me: I’m doing well, thanks for asking. How are you?

My suppliers don’t carry classic designs like that. If I were to supply the hardware, I would have buy them retail and mark them up for resale. Hardware costs would be approximately 50% higher than retail. Is that ok?

If he was ok with that, I knew this was a scam.

Scammer: Yes, that’s fine. 

Good how morning, you doing today?

Me: One style I can get is the Schlage Camelot in Aged Bronze.

Service call = $45.00 10 Privacy Levers @ $76.00 ea = $760.00 2 Entry Handlesets @ $183.00 ea = $366.00 Install/rekey = $280.00

Total = $1451.00

Scammer: Alright I’m fine with the estimate cost everything sounds great I will not be at the property with you because I’m presently out of state I’m with my wife who’s recuperating in the Teaching Hospital I’m always by her side confined to a wheelchair but i will have my right hand which is my representative to working with you.  I will like to make full payment upfront for the locksmiths services & I will be responsible for card charges but before I give you my card information I will be needing a little assistant from you.   Thanks

Fucking BINGO. Here we go!

Me: Sorry to hear about your wife. I hope she has a full and speedy recovery.

I require 50% down but if you want to pay up front in full, I’ll leave that up to you. What assistance are you needing?

Scammer: I will be needing a little favor from you regarding the Agent in charge of my house when I bought it from the ex-owner I haven’t completed his fees I don’t want the agent to start disturbing you once you start working on my property for me cos he help me with some changes on my property while I’m away to take care of my wife he doesn’t accept credit card at the moment I should have handled this myself without bothering you but due to my wife’s condition its cost me lots of stress & inconvenience go ahead add $200 as tips for the errand I’m about to need from you I will be glad if you can help me out?

Me: What favor?

Scammer: I will be needing a little favor from you regarding the Agent in charge of my house when I bought it from the ex-owner I haven’t completed his fees I don’t want the agent to start disturbing you once you start working on my property for me cos he help me with some changes on my property while I’m away to take care of my wife he doesn’t accept credit card at the moment I should have handled this myself without bothering you but due to my wife’s condition its cost me lots of stress & inconvenience go ahead add $200 as tips for the errand I’m about to need from you I will be glad if you can help me out?

Me: What errand are you talking about? Can you be more specific?

Scammer: Hello are you there and do you got my message for the errand and let me know if it is something you can do for me. Thanks

Me: I got two messages from you asking me to run an errand, but you didn’t say what it is.

Scammer: What are you talking about? 

Me: You sent this.

“I will be needing a little favor from you regarding the Agent in charge of my house when I bought it from the ex-owner I haven’t completed his fees I don’t want the agent to start disturbing you once you start working on my property for me cos he help me with some changes on my property while I’m away to take care of my wife he doesn’t accept credit card at the moment I should have handled this myself without bothering you but due to my wife’s condition its cost me lots of stress & inconvenience go ahead add $200 as tips for the errand I’m about to need from you I will be glad if you can help me out?”

You’re asking for a favor, or an errand. You’re not saying what the favor/errand is.

Scammer: I will be making payment of $4,600 with my credit card details I will wait for the fund to clear into your account once it clears $1,200 is your deposit service fee plus $200 I’m giving you as tips also for the errand I’m needing from you send the remaining $3100 via Cashier Check or Transfer to the Agent I will take care of the 6% credit card charges fees and tax fees you need not worry, I will balance you up with the remaining fee after the first transaction clears I hope you understand everything?

Scammer: Please do let me know if it is something you can do for me

Thank you 

Scammer: Please check your last message 

Thank you

Me: Ok. I’ll need a few things from you. Fill out the attached credit card authorization form. Scan it and send it back to me. Send me the address for the house where the locks will be installed. Send me your agents name and phone number. Once I have all that I will order the hardware. Once the hardware arrives I will make arrangements with your agent.

Thank you.

Scammer: Thank you, will do. Before that i want you to know that once you have the funds in your account i want you to send the agent is own payment so he won’t disturb you when you working. Thanks 

Me: I’ll take care of it.

Scammer: Also need to know the name of the processor you be using to process my credit card so i can know the amount of the % of the credit card charges and to contact my card issuer

Ok, thanks.

Me: The rate is dependent on the card you use. Not my processor. What type of card will you be using and I can look it up tomorrow when I go back to work.

Scammer: Visa and Master card and what is the name of the processor you will be using?

Me: I process credit cards with Clover. I can tell you what the percent will be once I have your card information.

Scammer: Sounds good, thank you. I will fill in the form now and let me know if you going to charge my cc today or tomorrow morning?

Me: Not today. I’m home. I’ll deal with it tomorrow.

Scammer: Ok, no problem.



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