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11/15/15 8:13am - Original Message: '82 T-Top Lock. Missing Key'
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A friend of mine recently inherited an 82 Collector Edition, but did not key keys for the T-Tops. Is this a standard key or is it specific to the lock for the car? What's the best way / place to get a replacement key? Thanks!

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11/15/15 8:35am - Reply: 'Re: 82 T-Top Lock. Missing Key'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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My t-top locks are from '70s-'80's era. They have their own dedicated key. Is there a manufacture name with a number on the locks? Or head down to a reputable lock smith and see if they can help. Sorry I don't have a perfect answer for this. Good luck! 


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11/15/15 11:40am - Reply: 'Re: 82 T-Top Lock. Missing Key'
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'78 Silver Anniversary T Top coupe,58k orig miles. THM350 auto, 350 L48, JBM headers,Oyster White interior,.as of Nov '15 in process of painting.

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I'd think that perhaps the door locks should fit the T Top locks..??

A COMPETENT locksmith should be able to make new keys for the locks I'd think..

All else fails, Wilcox Corvette shows complete pair of T-Top locks with keys for the '82 Corvette for 35.00 or so..Jim


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11/15/15 1:55pm - Reply: 'Re: 82 T-Top Lock. Missing Key'
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As far as I know, T-top locks were never a GM option so the factory keys will not work. As stated above, any good locksmith with a pick set will have them off in a matter of mins. Unfortunately getting new keys made or re-keying them will probably cost more than new ones from most Corvette vendors. What's up with all of the '82 Collector cars ?? It seems like they are turning up everywhere. I still feel bad for the unfortunate one we parted out this year, the PO butchered that car beyond belief. Good luck on the locks !!

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