Model A

Ford Garage

Key & Code Identification Charts

Ignition & Door Locks

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The table below shows the typical original and replacement Model A Ford door and ignition lock key blanks and their usages, as well as charts of the key numbers and their corresponding 5-bit cut codes.

1928-30
Lozenge Head

Ignition
(Oval Speedo)

Door & Deck
Ferro Handle
1928-31
Round Head

Pillar Lock
Tire Lock

Door & Deck
Ferro Handle
1928-31
Round Head

Door & Deck
Ferro Handle
1930-31
Clover Head

Ignition
(Round Speedo)

Door & Deck
Ferro Handle
1930-31
Crown Head

Door & Deck
Crown Handle
Original
Key Blank
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Original
Key Groove
B&S
Groove 1
B&S
Groove 1
B&S
Groove 3
B&S
Groove 5
Crown
Key Number
Range
A801
A1050
11111A
33333A
Digit Series
A1051
A1300
A1301
A1550
F 551
F 800
Cut Code Chart
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Non-original
Replacement
Key Blank
Bold black lettering indicates preferred replacement key blank numbers

Red lettering indicates poorer fitting alternate choices
Briggs & Stratton
BASCO
Strattec
Groove 1
42107


Groove 14
75102
Groove 1
42107


Groove 14
75102
Groove 3
42164


Groove 14
75102
Groove 5
62849
Ilco/Kaba 1098X

1098M (= B1)
C1098M
= too loose
1098X

1098M (= B1)
C1098M
= too loose
1098DB

C1098M
1098M (= B1)
= too loose
C1098A
C1098M

difficult to find
1121C
difficult to find
Taylor/Dominion 98X

98M (= B1)
= too loose
98X

98M (= B1)
= too loose
98DB

98M (= B1)
= too loose
C98A
C98M?

difficult to find
Curtis/Cole B4
B52

B1 = too loose
B4
B52

B1 = too loose
B5


B1 = too loose
?


B1 = too tight

Non-original key blank numbers are shown in order of decreasing suitability for proper cylinder fit (within a brand). Bold black lettering indicates the preferred replacement key blanks having the correct groove profiles.

Many people often recommend the 'B1' blank because it is 'universal', but the 'B1' is the worst fitting replacement blank in all cases!

Use the proper groove key blanks!
Ilco/Kaba brand are the best available modern blanks, IMO.

I can supply the proper fitting non-original modern keys (blanks or cut-to-code keys) for Model A and V8 Fords if you cannot source them locally.




A&L Parts in Canton, Connecticut makes reproduction blanks of the original B&S plain head design keys for:

1928-30 Groove 1 Lozenge Head, Ignition & Door & Deck, A801-A1050
1928-31 Groove 3 Round Head, Door & Deck, A1051-A1300
1930-31 Groove 5 Clover Head, Ignition & Door & Deck, A1301-A1550

For reproduction original shaped and marked key blanks, contact:
A&L Parts Specialties
Box 301
Canton, Connecticut 06019
(860) 693-2620
No web site

While the A&L blanks are nice reproductions and fairly close to original in appearance, I prefer to use either NOS B&S blanks or the modern generic Ilco replacement blanks.


Shown above is a pair of original Oakes Tire Lock keys with the special shaped Oakes head, Groove 1 profile blank, and the Ford digit series key number.


Shown above are two Curtis key clippers that I use. These are clippers, not duplicators. They clip (not mill) a new key blank to a published code or key number, not by copying another existing key.

The post version on the left is a Model G from about the 1940's, and the dial version on the right is a Model 14 from the 1960's. They are both set up and calibrated for the 5-bit B&S key blanks as used on Model A's.

It is important to calibrate the vertical depth of cut for every key clipper you may buy. It is not enough to trust it in the as-found condition. The key carriages are also dependent on the blanks being used. All Model A keys (other than Crown) use the carriage marked 'BS' with five cut positions. The 'BS' position is also used on the post or dial.

Both of these clippers are universal aftermarket type tools used by garages and hardware stores of the era to cut a variety of key blanks and styles then in use. They both work just fine on brass blanks. Steel key blanks are not recommended.

I also have another Model 14 set up and calibrated for cutting the Hurd key blanks used during the flathead Ford V8 era.


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April 2017