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    Posted 7 years ago

    Kydur
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    When I started to become interested in collecting old trunks and suitcases this is the first one I came across. It was at a yard sale for $35 and it was at the end of the day. At some point during the sale someone had closed and locked the trunk and nobody had the key to open it again! So they said I could have it for $5.

    I've since done a bit of online research on how to pick these sorts of locks but I haven't had a go at it yet. Does anybody know an easy way that doesn't include knocking out the hinge pin?

    Nothing rattles around inside, and it's not heavy enough to contain a dead body, but what's inside - including the condition - is still a tantalizing mystery!

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I pick locks but would not be easy to explain on line. Actually, I would think that I could do this with a bobbie pin. These probably don't have more that 2-3 tumblers. You use a turn-bar to twist the lock in the direction you think it unlocks in & play with an "L" shaped hook on the tumblers & will feel each fall into place in order. If it doesn't work the 1st time, let off of the "turn bar" & start again. As you get the tumblers to move on the turn bar (easiest one 1st), then move to the next tumbler etc.. Go from easiest to hardest tumbler. I can "pop" locks on planes faster than the pilot/owner can get the keys out of their pocket. Just takes practice.
    2. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      BB2 -- why does this info not surprise me? I love the trunk and have the same problem -- I think my son locked the key inside the trunk....
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Hey T-Mon, when I was going to aviation school, my neighbour & friend was a gun/lock smith & taught me. Comes in handy some times! People are always locking planes at the pumps with the parking brake on & I make good money for the 5 secs it takes to pop the locks. Beer money that! Perish the thought that I would ever do anything illegal! LOL! Actually, honesty is about the only virtue I possess. Just ask Jacky. Well, maybe I should find a better reference! That may take awhile. LOL!

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