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Old 11-25-2021, 12:31 PM   #1
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Location: Southeast Arizona, Whetstone 85616
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Year: 2003
Coachwork: Ford / El Dorado
Chassis: E450
Engine: V10
Rated Cap: > 16,000 lbs.
Entrance Door outside switch key

Hi,
I have an '03 E450 w/El Dorado chassis. Former an elementary school bus. I'd like to locate a key for the entrance door, as the bus didn't come with the key at auction.
If you have a key, I'd gladly pay for a copy and shipping to southeast AZ, 85616
I believe most are keyed alike and will lock the post once I receive a key that works.
I have considered replacing the entire lock/switch assembly but can't locate one of those either, if you have an extra with key, I'd be interested in that too.
I considered taking the lock apart and having my locksmith build a key, but the lock does not disassemble.

Thanks for your help!

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Old 11-25-2021, 04:10 PM   #2
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Year: 1986
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You could go to your local locksmith and they can make a key for the lock even if you don't have one. A locksmith can also come to your vehicle and produce a key if needed. With later model cars and trucks it can be complicated and expensive but this sounds like a simple lock. I have had this done before with success.
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Old 11-26-2021, 12:28 PM   #3
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Already spoke with my local locksmith, because the lock is not able of being disassembled, he is unable to build a key or change tumblers.
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:01 PM   #4
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The locksmith that I used did not disassemble the locks. they found a key that fit the locks put it in and applied torque to the key, then used a file to cut down the key until all of the tumblers lined up and opened the lock. This has worked for a car and a bank bag, no problem. The bank bag was more difficult than the car so it cost more. I also got a second key made in each case.
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