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[264GL, 1977] Lost all keys!

Maciek4530

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Hi! I bought car without any keys for it. It's non runner but i want to unlock steering wheel without braking key cylinder.
My question is: there was 1 key for locks around car and ignition or 2 keys: 1 ignition, 1 for locks? I removed 2 locks: driver door and trunk one but if ignition is different it's waste of time :/ HELP!
 
I think the ignition and doors are the same but the trunk is different.
I have a set in a 1983, if someone can verify that the ignition and door locks are cut the same I will send my set to you after I remove them. I haven't seen a trunk key in a while, but I will look.
And if you want to post a wanted ad, I'm sure someone here has a complete set.
 
Well, will be weird if 1 key can't open trunk but can start car and open it :D Pre '79 locks are differetnt as far I know...
Thank you for the offer to send the locks, but I'm from a completely different continent. It will be cheaper for me to buy a set locally than to pay for shipping from the USA :/ Probably my friend have 83' parts car too as far I know.
 
I don't remember when Volvo went from the small door lock cylinder to the the larger one that used the same key as the ignition 1975-76 used the same key for the trunk, door and glove box and a different key for the ignition lock. By 1979 the ignition key and door key were the same. It seems to me 78 was the last year of the small door cylinder. hiperfauto would know.
 
Well, will be weird if 1 key can't open trunk but can start car and open it :D Pre '79 locks are differetnt as far I know...
Thank you for the offer to send the locks, but I'm from a completely different continent. It will be cheaper for me to buy a set locally than to pay for shipping from the USA :/ Probably my friend have 83' parts car too as far I know.
My 80 and 84 both require specific trunk keys, the key that unlocks the door and steering wheel don't unlock the trunk
 
I don't remember when Volvo went from the small door lock cylinder to the the larger one that used the same key as the ignition 1975-76 used the same key for the trunk, door and glove box and a different key for the ignition lock. By 1979 the ignition key and door key were the same. It seems to me 78 was the last year of the small door cylinder. hiperfauto would know.
That sounds bad for me... Now i need to find out how to remove whole ignition lock...
 
Take out the passenger door lock and there is a number on it, locksmith has a book looks up the number and cuts a key that works in the doors and the ignition..
For real? I remove driver side and there is no numbers on it
 
For real? I remove driver side and there is no numbers on it
If you have a local Volvo dealer (unsure what the support is like in Poland) they may be able to cut you a key by looking up the car's VIN. Assuming none of the locks were previously replaced, this is probably going to get you the best quality replacement key.
Some other businesses (or dealerships) may be willing to do it by mail:


Otherwise if you find a very good locksmith, they might be able to determine the key coding by inspecting the lock that you removed.
 
If you have a local Volvo dealer (unsure what the support is like in Poland) they may be able to cut you a key by looking up the car's VIN. Assuming none of the locks were previously replaced, this is probably going to get you the best quality replacement key.
Some other businesses (or dealerships) may be willing to do it by mail:


Otherwise if you find a very good locksmith, they might be able to determine the key coding by inspecting the lock that you removed.
I have one locksmith but i need to know if door keys are same as ignition 100% - car is 99% OEM - it was sitting since 84 so 39 years. Somone said previously that for 75-76 (probably early 77) ignition key is different then doors.

Local Volvo dealers here like: "200 series? What's that?" And Volvo wasn't sell in Poland to 1989 (comunism and iron curtain etc.) Only Volvo 340 Diesel was in Polmozbyt around 1986+. But i give it try, should i give them 17 digit code that i find out with greenbook (pocket data) or shortest one that is on VIN plate, "A" pillar and in trunk?
 
I have one locksmith but i need to know if door keys are same as ignition 100% - car is 99% OEM - it was sitting since 84 so 39 years. Somone said previously that for 75-76 (probably early 77) ignition key is different then doors.

Local Volvo dealers here like: "200 series? What's that?" And Volvo wasn't sell in Poland to 1989 (comunism and iron curtain etc.) Only Volvo 340 Diesel was in Polmozbyt around 1986+. But i give it try, should i give them 17 digit code that i find out with greenbook (pocket data) or shortest one that is on VIN plate, "A" pillar and in trunk?
Use the VIN on the dash, door jam or engine compartment VIN plate. Volvo did not use a 17 digit VIN until 1981 when it was mandated by ISO standards.

The entire ignition lock assembly can be removed in order to take it to a lock smith. Pull out the instrument cluster and look down through the opening and you will see a plate that attaches to the steering column. It uses three large screws to attach to a 2nd plate that wraps around the column. I can't remember if the screws go in from the top or if you will see them looking up from underneath the column. Take those out and the plate with the lock attached come out of the car.
 
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Use the VIN on the dash, door jam or engine compartment VIN plate. Volvo did not use a 17 digit VIN until 1981 when it was mandated by ISO standards.

The entire ignition lock assembly can be removed in order to take it to a lock smith. Pull out the instrument cluster and look down through the opening and you will see a plate that attaches to the steering column. It uses three large screws to attach to a 2nd plate that wraps around the column. I can't remember if the screws go in from the top or if you will see them looking up from underneath the column. Take those out and the plate with the lock attached come out of the car.
Cool! Thank you very much!
 
1973-77 cars all use the same keys. A "VL4" key for doors, glovebox, and trunk. A "VL5" key for the ignition lock. 1978 was the first year of door locks matching the ignition lock. Luckily, Volvo only used about 250 or so keycodes for the "VL4" key.

VIN on a 1973-79 car will be found in three or four places:

A-pillar - didn't move to dash until 1980
Driver's door on the sticker above the latch
Passenger side door opening between the hinges (this may be on 1981 and newer cars)
Engine compartment VIN plate.
 
ok, so... - I remove gauge cluster (and broke gauge frame), remove every screw from reinforcement under steering wheel but I can't see any screws to remove lock cylinder... Only thing that I think can release it are rivets under steering coulmn... And I don't want to remove them... There is something that should i do to remove it? Or locksh mith who come to my car is the only way to make key for ignition?

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that car is way earlier than mine so idk if it differs. But on my car, those in the bottom picture are headless bolts. I was able to slowly spin them out with sharp pliers meant for bolt heads.
 
Those are two headless bolts, if you're lucky they're loose enough to pull with pliers, otherwise drill into them and use an extractor to remove then you can replace with regular bolts, once that assembly is removed from the dash you'll have to remove one or more hardened pins to extract the actual lock from the steering column lock assembly.

 
I call Volvo Poland!
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They comfirmed that my car is 1977 Volvo 260 with B27E.

That's all they got from VIN number.

End of story :D
 
Do you happen to have the original owners manual that came with the car? Mine had the key codes for the main key and trunk key written in the book, should be a specific spot in the book for it.
 
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