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Unread 01-21-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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CJ-7 glove box key?

Picked up an '85 CJ-7, and the glove box is locked. Does it use a different key than the ignition key? I tried the ignition key, and have been unable to get it to work. Previous owner isn't sure, so I am not sure how to proceed. Any other way to get it open, in case I am unable to source the original key? Thanks!

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Unread 01-21-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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Should be the door key for hard doors (if equipped). From factory you had square ignition key, and then round key fit console, hard top rear latch, doors, and glove box. All those were optional except for the glove box
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Unread 01-21-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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Came with soft doors, and the only key I have is the ignition key...and there is no chance of me getting any other key (its the only key the PO had).
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Unread 01-21-2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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Time for a locksmith to make you a key. It will employ a GM door key from the same era as your ignition key. Way before key fob and electronic keys, so, just the right key with the right cut.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 04:45 PM   #5
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You can try to reach up to the top and poke a hole to access the inside latch. It can be pushed down to pop open the door. Its spring loaded. Another option is the unbolt the two screws at the hinges and carefully swing the bottom of the door out to reach inside to access the latch.
IF your lock knob is not rusted and in good shape, Ill trade you a good non locking door unit with bottom/inside latch for your lock and inner latch. I have a few colors.
OR once you get it open, you can separate the lock and have a key made.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. I noticed the two lower hinge bolts, and kind of figured that might be my way inside. I'll let you know about the lock knob once I get the box open, its in pretty good shape.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:16 PM   #7
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I'd like to have a glove box lock on mine. Another idea is to just stick in any GM door/trunk (the oval shapped one) that you have and try them, wiggle them a little. Many times you can find one that will actually fit close enough that when you wiggle them just a little they will unlock.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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Here's a view from the back side without the box in the way. The lever is sloped at pushes down as it hits the latch rod. Once clear, it springs straight back up and behind the bar that holds it shut.
Hard to explain, maybe the pic will help
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Unread 01-22-2014, 11:48 AM   #9
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Take it to a locksmith and have him key the glovebox lock to match your ignition key......
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Take it to a locksmith and have him key the glovebox lock to match your ignition key......
^^That's what I'd suggest^^

Once you can get inside, it's easy to remove the lock and recode it to fit the ignition key. I think it cost me $10 and about 10 minutes at the locksmith shop.
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Go ahead I dare you to find a locksmith. Nowadays those guys are as rare as hens' teeth. Yes you can get the traveling mobile guys but here in the Charlotte area not many working. Most have been replaced by the Lowes cut a key for yourself machines. It took me about four of those to find one that had a blank for my door keys. Cutting it was no big deal but finding a blank was the problem.
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Well, if you was near Batesville, Arkansas we still have one of the old-time locksmiths, they do mobile service too but still have a shop with a billion keys hanging around and can re-key locks to keys or make keys for locks even without the original key.
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Well, if you was near Batesville, Arkansas we still have one of the old-time locksmiths, they do mobile service too but still have a shop with a billion keys hanging around and can re-key locks to keys or make keys for locks even without the original key.
Ha, yep. My woman's dad is a locksmith in Forrest City Arkansas.

Maybe all the locksmiths moved to Arkansas!
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Small update, kind of forgot about this thread once I started the other.

I was able to get the glove box door off today, but it took a little work. I had to remove the bolts of the lower hinges, then remove the two screws holding the latch (once it locks in place). I may look into getting a replacement lock, or maybe one of the drop in locking kits that replace the box. Any suggestions?
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Small update, kind of forgot about this thread once I started the other.

I was able to get the glove box door off today, but it took a little work. I had to remove the bolts of the lower hinges, then remove the two screws holding the latch (once it locks in place). I may look into getting a replacement lock, or maybe one of the drop in locking kits that replace the box. Any suggestions?
Grats on getting the door off!

Did you ever contact a locksmith about re-keying your existing lock to fit your ignition key?

Tuffy makes a really nice glove box insert (very strong and also very expensive). Guess it's up to you to determine if it's worth it. Keep in mind that if you lose that key, you'll need a cutting torch or grinder to get it open.
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