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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Replacement key for Dexta? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Does anyone know how to get a replacement/duplicate key for a 1961 Dexta. I have one key. It's not in the greatest of shape and I know that eventually I'm going to lose it. I took it to the local locksmith and for the first time ever he hit a dead end trying to find a suitable blank.

How may different keys were there? I'm thinking they may all be the same. I just want to have a couple of spares. It's such a simple pattern I could hand file one from a piece of brass stock in an evening.

-Bernie
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:35 am    Post subject: Re: Replacement key for Dexta? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ebay aucton # 202030181666, two keys for $6.75, free shipping, IF it matches your key!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Replacement key for Dexta? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip. The key shape in the auction you referenced is a lot more complex than mine. He's a (bad) picture of my key:
0906182131 by Alden_Sloe, on Flickr
The same seller has another style of Dexta key up for sale:
s-l1600 by Alden_Sloe, on Flickr
I'm temped to take a chance and see if it works. My key has only a single notch (on both edges, hard to see in my pic) and it appears to be more of a sharp vee. If I could just get the blank a local locksmith can duplicate the key but he's unable to find any blanks that are even close. Then again, the same seller has an entire aftermarket ignition switch for about $14 (assuming it comes with a key(s).
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:24 am    Post subject: Re: Replacement key for Dexta? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Be careful with after market switches, I have had five on my Dexta ranging from a few ?'s
to ?46.00 and none have been any good. The key barrel always seems to fall apart or shear
off after a little use. I have original switches on my other tractors that have done
between 50 and 60 years with no problems.

Brian
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Replacement key for Dexta? (or Super Major) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mmm, I guess I'll keep the original ignition. Or is it the original? Doing some more research I came across the website for QTP (Quality Tractor Parts) in Ireland.
https://www.qtponline.com/products/igniton_switch_key_41386.html
The key shown looks to be the same shape as mine. So maybe the ignition was switched out at some time in the past for one for a Super Major or Massey TEF20.

I'd be curious to know what others keys look like. I'm guessing that they are all the same blank just with different profiles. If I have to order 10 I'd prefer to just get blanks that could be cut by a local locksmith as required. But the locksmith who I've never been able to stump before had no clue as to where he could order blanks of that shape.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Replacement key for Dexta? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

So, QTP referred me to a distributor in Canada. But I'd still have to buy Qty 10 which with shipping would have been over $50. Took a chance on the double notched keys on eBay that were similar to mine. Long story short, they work just fine so for less than $7 including shipping I now have two spare keys.
 
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