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ILoveMyTC Offline
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#1
My 87 was broken into a while ago and I'm deciding how to fix it. The passenger side lock and the trunk lock were chisled out. So, I can either get new lock cyls or just have them putty over the holes in the door and trunk. I'm gettin the whole car painted, and I always use the keyless entry anyways. SO, which would cost less to do? Get new lock cyls (or used ones of someone's parts car) or to get the holes puttied?
Thanks, Nick
Nick Johnson
88'TC
97'LX
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Grant Offline
Member
#2
Well if you're looking for the cheapest way out, put new locks in it. Please DON'T "putty" the holes. It'll just fall out. The right way to shave the locks would be welding a piece of metal over the hole, then smoothing it out, etc, etc. If you are not comfortable with doing that, then please do yourself the favor of just putting new locks in it [Image: smile.gif] Later

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83 TC : full 3" exhaust, 17" 93 cobra wheels, many mods awaiting install once the engine's back in Smile
83 TC : full 3" exhaust, 17" 93 cobra wheels, many mods awaiting install once the engine's back in Smile
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segfaultxr7 Offline
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#3
If you decide to take the keyless entry route, make sure to rig up some method of getting the hood open in case the battery dies! I think it would be easier and more sensible to replace the locks, it's really not a difficult or expensive job at all especially if you can find a junkyard T-Bird with a set of keys.
88 TC 5-speed
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ILoveMyTC Offline
Senior Member
#4
The driver's side door would still have the lock, so I could always get into the car. I've got a cousin who does body work, I'll have to go pay him a visit tomorrow to see what everything would cost.
Nick Johnson
88'TC
97'LX
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Grant Offline
Member
#5
So you would actually consider paying someone to fill only one of them? Leaving the other lock?? Dude, visit your local parts store like Auto Zone and get a new set of lock cylinders.

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83 TC : full 3" exhaust, 17" 93 cobra wheels, many mods awaiting install once the engine's back in Smile
83 TC : full 3" exhaust, 17" 93 cobra wheels, many mods awaiting install once the engine's back in Smile
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ILoveMyTC Offline
Senior Member
#6
I'm just going off of the estimate the insurance adjuster wrote up. He had $150 for lock cyls.
Nick Johnson
88'TC
97'LX
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segfaultxr7 Offline
Posting Freak
#7
Just find a junkyard with a 83-88 T-Bird that has a set of keys, you should be able to get the door, ignition, and trunk cylinders for 20 bucks or so. The door cylinders are simply held in with a big clip, the ignition cylinder isn't hard at all to replace and I don't think the trunk is either. MUCH better than doing all this body work, unless the sheetmetal around the lock cylinder is majorly damaged. Good luck!
88 TC 5-speed
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ILoveMyTC Offline
Senior Member
#8
Actually, to get the lock cyls out, they punched in the cyl and the area around it with a screwdriver, so the sheet metal is messed up in a 1" circle around the lock. But tomorrow I will call around to the local jy's.
Nick Johnson
88'TC
97'LX
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RiglerTKE Offline
Member
#9
If you claimed insurance, didn't the adjuster factor in the damage to the sheet metal? If he/she didn’t call them back and tell them about it. If you cousin does bodywork, get him to repair it and replace the lock cylinders. He should be able the do it with no problem. If you delete one lock delete the other don't be lop sided. If you truly love your TC then don't treat it like a red headed step child!
Todd Rigler
87 TC Stock except for brake swap.
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Nate K Offline
Posting Freak
#10
Quote:Originally posted by ILoveMyTC:
Actually, to get the lock cyls out, they punched in the cyl and the area around it with a screwdriver, so the sheet metal is messed up in a 1" circle around the lock. But tomorrow I will call around to the local jy's.

There is a tool to repair the sheet metal around the lock cyclinder. Go to Eastwood Company's web site http://www.eastwoodcompany.com/
at the top in the search box type in "door lock", it will bring up a page with the tool ($29.99)

I don't know if there are the same, but I've seen mustang complete lock cyclinder kits (doors, trunk, glove box) for $75.00
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