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#1 BaronVonchesto

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:14 PM

About a year or two ago (cant quite remember, some time before my rebuild) I replaced my car's original ignition barrel, as the original had worn down considerably.

 

I have to say, the quality of those plastic keys are appalling! Because of the stupid spring retention thingy that minispares decided to fit to the barrel, a lot of stress is put on the cheap plastic head of the key when taking it out of the barrel.

The other day the head of my spare key broke. Yup, the spare key, as the main key broke a few months prior and I was just too lazy to get a replacement urgently.

Ive botched the key backtogether with metal epoxy (its probably stronger now than from the factory!), still I need to get a replacement ignition key. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like any of the keysmiths here have an appropriate blank in stock. I've tried on and off for a few months now.

I DO NOT want to order another useless plastic key blank from minispares. Preferably, Id like to get one of the old fashioned all metal ones. Does anyone know the appropriate key blank to buy? Someford mini has a whole range of keys by code.
https://www.somerfor...index&cPath=192

Other alternative suggestions are welcome too of course.



#2 MikeRotherham

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:20 PM

You could try somewhere like Timpsons if you have one local to you.

 

They may have a generic all metal blank that they could cut for you.

 

Failing that a locksmith that specialises in cutting keys for classics.



#3 unburntfuelinthemorning

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:56 PM

Not sure how many Timpsons branches there are in Kuala Lumpur.



#4 Ethel

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:07 PM

AA3 springs to mind , depending on year.

 

I think this is the same?

 

https://www.ebay.co....gsAAOSwY75eFg3R

 

FS is the prefix for the door keys



#5 BaronVonchesto

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:43 PM

AA3 springs to mind , depending on year.

 

I think this is the same?

 

https://www.ebay.co....gsAAOSwY75eFg3R

 

FS is the prefix for the door keys

thanks Ethel it looks pretty close to mine. Worth a shot for that price.



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Posted 02 February 2020 - 11:53 AM

I had some cut a fews years ago from the local shoe bar, the number NE-11 is embossed on the key blank.

 

Just found this one on ebay

 

https://www.ebay.co....z0AAOSwOspdANUq



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 09:07 AM

the key arrived about a week ago. Sadly its not the right one... length and shape is the same but the trailing edge is on the wrong side... so i just wasted about 10 quid



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 10:40 AM

Sorry to hear that, my link or Panky's?

 

I don't follow the wrong side bit, the key should fit either way round.



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 11:01 AM

I got one of the ones I posted and it's the blank for the key I have. A little bit of surface rust but easily cleaned off.

 

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He's still listing them.


Edited by panky, 27 March 2020 - 11:10 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:19 AM

Thinking of this place as it claims they can make up keys for classic mini's with correctly made blanks...using either key ID codes or even good quality pictures:

https://www.keysinthepost.com/

If they ship to N.A., I may give them a shot. The spare blank I got from a local mini parts supplier was incorrect for my 1988. Key cutter could not get it to work on my ignition.

Edited by Tornado99, 17 September 2020 - 12:20 AM.





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