I bought an 83 bronco that has 4 keys and none match the tailgate I would like to narrow the keys down to at least 2.
Cool thread. :)
My '75 F150 uses only one key.
My '91 Bronco uses two keys.
J.R. is it possible to swap any of those "ignition key using" older door lock
cylinders into the '91? :) Did Ford change things too much to do that?
I'm especially wondering about the tailgate lock. It's not so much I want-to
as much as if the opportunity arises I might try it. :) I guess what I'm really
In your opinion, should I collect those parts or leave 'em be? :)
Alvin in AZ
You can use the older door locks in your '91.
You can collect spares and donors, but just make sure you mark them as to application (year, make, model, left, right, front rear etc). You'd be surprised how similar they look in a pile.
Collecting tailgate locks (actually any lock) would only do you good if you can make keys or repin them. Helps to be able to cut fresh keys and not try to re-pin to older, worn out keys.
You could probably even sell them without a key. Not sure if that's what you were asking.....
Will the door cylinders fit the tailgate as well?
You could make them physically fit the opening, but the extension / tailpiece that actuates the window switch won't fit the door lock.
I have one key that fits the ignition and one key for the 2 doors one lock on the passenger side doesn't work, an I have no key for the tailgate..
Sounds like someone swapped some parts around. Probably as a result of an accident. Sometimes they just seize from dirt and lack of use, etc.
On yours the ignition is one key ("square") and everything else is supposed to be another ("round"). If the driver's door works, pull the passenger and the t/g lock and take them to a locksmith to have them re-pinned to the drivers side.
Before you pull them, lube them with graphite, and try the only round key you have in the passenger and tailgate lock. After you try the key one way, make sure to flip it over and try the other side.
Sometimes getting a correctly cut key (to factory specs) will resolve an issue.
If your driver's side key or lock shows a lot of wear, you might be as well off having it refreshed too. You could also consider going on Ebay and looking for a set. I checked a while ago and they run about $70.