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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty neat find in the '66 tonight

So I'm snooping around the engine compartment this evening........why......just 'cause I suppose and I spotted something that I hadn't noticed before.

Just for reference - I've had this car for 17 years, have pulled and installed the motor no less than 3 times, change my own oil...etc. So I've spent quite a bit of time in there previously.

Anyhow - I was tracing some wires ended up really focusing under the battery tray (vicinity)......and saw a little magnetic box. Never saw it before...ever. Says Key Holder on the front of it. Inside of it of was a spare ignition key and trunk key wrapped in electrical tape (to keep them from rattling I guess). I know I never ever put that there. Guess it was something the PO had put there way back when. Wonder how long its been there?? Pretty neat surprise. Wonder what else is hiding out in the car.

Wish I would've found it a few years ago when I lost my keys (only had one set) and had to call a locksmith to make me some new ones.
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A good place for it...Under the Battery Tray... Not many would look there...

Nice find.. Do you still have those original locks in your car or did you change them out?!?? Just curious...

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Nice find.. Do you still have those original locks in your car or did you change them out?!?? Just curious...

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I've never changed them from when I got the car. Had the locksmith guy craft me up a new set of keys so I'm unsure if they are original or not. I do know not much is original on it anymore.

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Did the locksmith just make new keys for the ignition/door, or did he change out the pins and springs and make new keys from the new configuration? If he just made the keys without changing anything else, those keys you found just might work.



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Locksmith only made new keys. Didn’t change anything. They should work. Was going to try them out but decided to wait til tommorow. Feeling kinda lazy - travelled for work today
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I guess you'll find out when you try the keys! Don't forget to report back whether they worked or not!

Thanks for the great story!

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The old hide a key box, I remember seems everyone had those things back in the day. Inner fender was a good spot and on pickups they were usually on top inside of the lower lip on the rear step bumper. Things have changed...
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Being in the car business most my life, I've seen keys hidden all over. Boxes like yours used to be really common along frame rails, inner fenders, gas doors, etc. I've also seen spare keys zip-tied all over things like to wire harnesses, front suspension parts, and tow hitches. The ones that crack me up are when they're hidden under the hood area..... and you can't open the hood without unlocking the doors first! lol
Cool find- did you leave it there?
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Cool - key's work Definitely will "re-hide" them. Fun story!

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I've owned my Mustang so long when I started the restoration, I found stuff that I HAD PUT THERE and forgotten about...ha ha. No keys but I found a few repairs, emergency wrenches and extra points and condenser in a tool pouch suspended in rear wheel well, and I was impressed at the wiring job for the stereo speakers. I must have done some serious disassembly to have routed those wires to the back. Even once I found the stuff, I had to shake the cobwebs to remember having done it.
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That is a cool find. I found a dime from 1966 under my carpet underlayment in my 66. I like to assume it was dropped there by an original assembly line worker at Ford.
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That is a cool find. I found a dime from 1966 under my carpet underlayment in my 66. I like to assume it was dropped there by an original assembly line worker at Ford.
Kind of along this line: I like to leave notes as I'm reassembling things to future restorers. Something like a little detail on what/how a certain part was refurbished/replaced - dated and initialed. May be interesting for my son or a future owner to come across in another 30-40 years.

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I fund a penny in the drivers rocker extension. Actually the cutoff blade found it... It was an 80s coin so nothing special.

Then I found this big chunk of seam sealer in the rocker panel. Typical stuff done at the factory to cause clunks and noises. I have found containers in confined spots with notes in them like if you found this your'e good. The chisel is my spot weld cutter. The handle broke so that's a chunk of 6cyl front stab bar welded to it...



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I like to leave notes as I'm reassembling things to future restorers. Something like a little detail on what/how a certain part was refurbished/replaced - dated and initialed.
Kind of like the prankster who left this message for whenever the next owner of the house replaces the carpet.



Seriously though, I never thought of doing that on my cars. I have done it on my houses... Written messages on bathroom walls behind the mirror detailing any wiring or plumbing changes that were made during a remodel.

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Kind of like the prankster who left this message for whenever the next owner of the house replaces the carpet.



Seriously though, I never thought of doing that on my cars. I have done it on my houses... Written messages on bathroom walls behind the mirror detailing any wiring or plumbing changes that were made during a remodel.


I like that one. I write a few notes up above ceiling level or in and behind the elec panels in commercial jobs. Usually at least a name and a date.
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