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Ignition Key

PostPost by: JJ66 » Thu May 28, 2020 9:10 am

Hello All, I am trying to source a replacement ignition key for my +2S130/5. I have the later (GT6) steering column and the original WASO Key, I would like to get a second key cut to match the original. I have bought an ignition key blank from a Lotus Specialist, but it is not correct, the form in the key is mirrored and so won't work. Does anyone know where I might be able to get a correct key blank from? Thanks a lot, Jonathan
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Thu May 28, 2020 9:22 am

In the absence of any of the specialists coming up with the correct key you might try:

https://keysinthepost.com

They supplied me with a perfect fit new key for my late 60's US spec Yamaha motorcycle.
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Thu May 28, 2020 9:25 am

If you have the key number, FS, FA, etc, there is someone on ebay who will cut one for a Fiver.
Search - classic car keys. Waso blanks appear also.
Have you tried your local Timpsons, they are good on car keys.
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PostPost by: djb222 » Thu May 28, 2020 9:40 am

I had to source new keys a few years back and found Britishcarkeys.com, ok they are in the States but fast delivery.
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PostPost by: JJ66 » Thu May 28, 2020 9:53 am

Hello All, thanks for the quick replies! Eric, good shout on trying Timpsons, I wouldn't have thought of that! There doesn't seem to be a code on the key but I will try the e-bay idea first, then Timpsons(!), then British Car Keys and Keys in The Post. Thanks again, superb help!! Jonathan
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PostPost by: lotusfan » Thu May 28, 2020 9:59 am

Hi Jonathan

You might like to try these people

https://www.replacementkeys.co.uk/

and there is another firm near Bournemouth that I have used in the past but I have lost the details.
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PostPost by: JJ66 » Thu May 28, 2020 10:29 am

Hi There Mike, Thank you, I'll try them. I just found the Bournemouth company but they have to have my key at their place in order to sort it out, so thats just dropped down the priority as I'm a fair way form Bournemouth! Thanks a lot, Jonathan
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri May 29, 2020 5:28 am

I think i used "keysinthepost" , you choose the correct blank and take a photo of the key you have. Very easy no problem
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PostPost by: JJ66 » Fri May 29, 2020 6:39 am

Hi All, Thanks for your help. I'm sorted. I put classic car keys into e-bay and found two sellers Yorkscavr and Swampys-old-skool, both these guys know their keys inside out and have located the right blank for me, so I bought one from each.

I guess there may be different key shapes from the same lock supplier, but mine is a February '73 built car (although not registered until December '73!) and the chassis number is 73021165L , it has the GT6 steering column with the column switch and a WASO barrel/lock/key. The WASO reference for the key is WAS1 or FR, the key that the Lotus Specialist supplied me was WAS1R where the R seems to stand for Reversed as the 'ward' (i.e. the grooves down the length of the key) pattern is mirrored or reversed. Both the e-bay specialists told me without prompting that the FR or WAS1 is correct for the late +2's.

So, I know know a lot more about ignition keys and the terms used in keys/locks!! Every day is a school day :), plus I should soon have a spare key for my car (It cost about £5 by the way).

Thanks again all, Jonathan
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