This is getting interesting, and proving to be more of a challenge than I originally anticipated.
As previously stated, I am trying to get these keys made for my '77 CJ5, which I had thought still had the factory ignition...however, the working key that I have for it has the American Motors on one side, and Jeep on the other. Unless the ignition had been replaced with a newer one that I am unaware of...
My current key looks identicle to the bottom two (the square headed ones)!
I appreciate all the info thus far guys...
I believe I still have pairs of new key blanks (or at least some ignition keys) for far less than that ridiculous $26 price. I can't recall from memory what was on them, but I know they are not the pentagram type. I believe they say AMC and Jeep. PM me if interested and I can check when I get home.
I agree with you, that yes, they do indeed cost more than just going to
Home Depot and buying two generic keys. But some people not only like the
look of factory stuff, but it makes your rig worth more if you have
OEM parts on it verus japo replacement parts.
I sold my old original black center console a few years ago for over $130.00
all because I had an original "Jeep" branded key for the lock!
I saw some with generic keys going for less than half that. So the extra cost
of an OEM key more than paid for itself for me.
I look at it this way. I can spend 26 bucks easily sucking down some beers
on a friday or saturday night. And after the buzz wears off, what am I left with?
If I skip just one day of beer, I can have an OEM set of keys for my Jeep,
that not only will make it worth more, but the coolness factor will be there
every single day I put that key in the ignition.
But that's just me.
I'm in the same boat with you. The factory keys round out the whole restoration thing for me. So, I spent the money on E-bay to have them. It was also not just for the ignition key, but for the center console / glove box key. I have wasted more money on much lesser things. Anybody ever been to Vegas? Besides, it's hard to justify any money spent on a CJ and pass the "red face" test.
BTW, my '84 has the GM style key / ignition tumbler. Most of the aftermarket key tumblers I have purchased were for some reason the later model AMC style with different pattern key blanks.