I am coming to terms with the fact that I got three keys with this car. I don’t like it, but there’s not a ton I can do about it right now. I have one key for the ignition, one key for the doors and hatch, and one key for the locking gas cap (aftermarket, I think). I plan to remove that, but for now it remains. I found out that this car also has a lock on the ‘super secret compartment’ below the load floor that holds the jack and spare tire. This lock is a regular cam lock but it fits my doors and hatch key. It’s a shame that before I bought the car someone broke the casting on the lock. If I’m honest I don’t even lock the car let alone the glove box or other interior parts.
I removed the broken lock and don’t have any plans to replace it. If I do it would be nice if it were also an old GM lock cylinder that I could get keyed to my car (I don’t want yet a fourth key!). When I found out I had GM locks and ignition cylinders I was happy that I would be able to get a key cut locally (not another instance of ‘oh, we don’t carry AMC anymore’) but after I did there was a slight dilema. The spare keys I got were both rectangular which made figuring out which was for the ignition and which was for the door a bit of trial and error. The other problem is they didn’t say AMC.
I rather like my keys that show off the car brand so I took a peek on ebay and got four blanks (two round, two square) for just a hair over $11. I then got one set cut for $2 a cut at the local hardware store and that was that. I have retained a blank of each because I’m hoping to be able to find a locksmith to make me two new keys from scratch, without copying the old ones, just measuring them and cutting the new ones to the original specification. This may sound un-necessary but the keys I have are a bit worn and I’d like a gold standard original. In the mean time I will hold on to the blanks, and have given the generics to my dad for offsite backup.
The home page for this project is here, it has a link to the album of pictures.