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Firetacoma
10-21-2013, 01:02 PM
After driving around a week ago on some errands I can't for the life of me find where I put my key. I can only figure I had it in my pocket and it fell out somewhere and is gone forever.

So, how can I go about getting a new key? Is it possible for the dealer to cut one from the VIN? I've heard something about a key code on the passenger side lock cylinder but since I'm locked out of it currently, I'd REALLY like to not have to call a locksmith to come open the door for me.

Any thoughts? Anything simple/stupid I'm missing?

treerootCO
10-21-2013, 01:38 PM
If you need into the 40, drive the door pins out (only do this is your paint isn't perfect). I'm assuming you have had your top and doors off at some point. For the locks, they can make a key if you bring them the cylinder.

Old 40, multiple owners? You don't know how many times I have found a hide a key from the previous owner in the frame rails ;)

Firetacoma
10-21-2013, 01:48 PM
I might try the drive the pins out trick, I hadn't thought of that. The paint is way less than not perfect!

nakman
10-21-2013, 01:51 PM
What about opening the vent, then reach your arm through and roll down the window.

CardinalFJ60
10-21-2013, 02:04 PM
...gather some pals with 70's/80's toyotas. there's good chance one of those keys will work. I know my FJ60 key will open one of my fj40 doors. (sssshhh. don't tell anyone)

Firetacoma
10-21-2013, 02:21 PM
I don't think my arms are long enough to reach the window crank from the vent. I will try it tonight now!

On my old '70 suburban a dull stick could start it. But it took a real key to open the doors.

velorider4
10-21-2013, 08:07 PM
Pry open the fuel cap door. Take off the back clip and pop out the fuel door lock. Take that into a lock shop and they will make you a new key.

cbmontgo
10-21-2013, 09:17 PM
...gather some pals with 70's/80's toyotas. there's good chance one of those keys will work. I know my FJ60 key will open one of my fj40 doors. (sssshhh. don't tell anyone)

Yep!

Rezarf
10-22-2013, 08:16 AM
I find a coat hanger and going after the rear cylinder locing lever thingy between the ambi doors is the easiest entry point, but I've since started hiding a key in the rig... it's saved my bacon a half dozen times at this point.

What year is your 40?

Rezarf
10-22-2013, 08:18 AM
Is the key in the ignition? I've done that too...

Firetacoma
10-22-2013, 08:20 AM
I'm in!

Wire snake through the passenger side vent to unlock the driver's door did the trick.

I looked all around the inside hoping I'd left the key in there but still no key. Next step will be to pull the passenger lock cylinder and have a new key cut at Toyota.

I will then find my old key when I get home from that errand thanks to Mr. Murphy and his law.

nuclearlemon
10-22-2013, 08:28 AM
keep in mind, some early 70s models used two different keys. what year? you said you have vent windows, so 74 and earlier unless the doors have been changed, is the ignition on the column or the dash. if it's on the column, your ignition will take a different key than the doors.