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    gold01ca is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Hi,
    I just inherited the 74 Fleetwood, relative passed away.
    Can't find keys and local GM dealer no help at all, says old Caddy key codes not available?
    Local locksmith needs code to cut new key.
    Any ideas?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    If you know who bought it originally and what dealer sold it they would have it in their paper file if it still exists. If you can get someone to hunt for it!

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    I'm in Canada and the car originates from Seattle area, no idea who original owner or dealer was.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    The ignition key only operated the ignition key switch. Buy a new key switch with key thru E Bay and swap it out. The glove box lock can be picked by a lock smith which will give you the door key.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    How difficult is it to change out ignition key switch?
    I do see them new/available on Ebay.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Need steering wheel puller, snap ring pliers and experience. Service manual as well!

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Found the keys!!
    High excitement now!
    Also discovered the car is actually a Talisman.
    Thanks to all who offered advice and encouragement.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Send some pics. if you can.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Will post pics as soon as I can.
    Car is in a small, collapsing shed (barely fits) and 4 hours away.
    Trying to line up a tow company next and bring her home.

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    Oooh.....Talisman Dave's gonna be happy that his talisman has a companion on the forum!

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    ....did I hear someone say Talisman?!!!


    Goodie...a Talisman bro!

    Can't wait to see the pictures! We will get along great, as long as your doesn't have the tan interior that I have been lusting after recently!


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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Car has the dark blue interior and exterior is a light, metallic blue.
    Last ran in 2002, then parked in tiny shed which is collapsing onto car.
    Should be a fun job yanking it out of there!
    Then a 4 hour tow which will probably cost a fortune.
    But all said, can't wait to get her home!
    I'll need Talisman Dave on speed dial for help and advice.
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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Sounds like the same way mine was originally. Mine was built with a dk blue top over light blue metallic. Not decided how it will be rebuilt? Probably all white if I decide to paint it myself. If I can't get the crappy dk blue paint job off the inner bits (door jams etc.) I am looking at a complete color change even to go back to the original color.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Glad you located your original keys.

    For future reference, if you ever inherit another Cadillac sans keys, this is what I was able to do with a '70 deVille I bought once that had no keys:

    Gently remove passenger door panel with window in up position. (With a little patience, a service manual is not needed for this operation). Remove clip from passenger door lock cylinder. Take cylinder to local locksmith who will make keys for generally less than $30.

    This eliminates the obnoxious problem of having different keys for everything, or an ignition key but no door keys, etc. The trunk lock can be handled the same way. Keep all of your original locks, and no need to disassemble steering column, etc.

    If you ask, some locksmiths have real GM key blanks, or they can be had on ebay fairly inexpensively, and made to fit your car from your locksmith's copies, or directly from the code on the lock.

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    Re: Help! No keys for inherited 74 Fleetwood Brougham

    Thanks for that 1973_ Eldo, fortunately keys are in hand.
    Going to bring it home Friday, towing company in place.
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