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MGB-GT How Do I get the Glove Box Opened?

AngliaGT

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I can get the key in it,bit the key won't turn.
Not sure if something's jamming the latch.
How can I get it opened again? ( '67 MGB GT)
 

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Don't have my car nearby to check... if the lock is really stuck, can you remove the glove box from the back of the dash? Can't remember how this one attaches
 

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In a '67, the lock is a five-pin tumbler, a bit of fiddling with a locksmithing 'spoon' and pick can work, or just call a locksmith and "bite the bullet". Sounds as if the Ignition tumbler was replaced sometime in the car's life (different key). ISTR originally one key worked all the locks.

As an aside, there was a spare key screwed to the ID plate of the cars from the factory, up to the dealer to remove it and most didn't bother. But after fifty-four years or so it'd be pure luck if that were still there...

The screws attaching the inside "box" are screwed in from the inside. It's "fibreboard" and any replacement I've ever tried is a poor fit, so don't do anything to mangle the original.
 

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……The screws attaching the inside "box" are screwed in from the inside. It's "fibreboard" and any replacement I've ever tried is a poor fit, so don't do anything to mangle the original.
When I did the restoration on my 6 I was lucky enough to locate the key that fit amongst a bunch of spare ones.
After getting it open I removed the fiberboard box and painted it with por15. The epoxy paint sealed it from absorbing moisture and made it rock hard. Just a suggestion.
 

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If it worked before it can only really be one of two things

1. Pins/ key - in which case lube plus gently wiggling might find you the sweet spot

2. something is jammed inside - in which case pushing the lid to take off pressure while jiggling the key might work.

good luck!
 
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It's the right key - worked in the past.
No key on the firewall,or anywhere in the
engine compartment.
 

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Ah. Get a spray can of CRC 2-26 from Home Depot (in their "electrical" section) and spritz some into the tumbler with the "straw," then "fiddle and fuss" the key in-and-out, wiggle (gentley!) back-and-forth. The 2-26 is the least obnoxious lube to spray in the tumbler, other stuff like WD-40 or PB are smelly or leave a residue in the pin slots. Good luck!
 
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I'll try messing (& lubricating) the lock.

- Thanks!
 

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"No" to the graphite. The CRC is the least residue, most effective lube in a lockset.
 
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I tried,but still can't get the key to turn.
 

LarryK

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I once locked my mail truck keys in the back. Called for a spare, but I wiggled the door lock with one of my own keys, got it open and continued on my route. No one came with the spare and the bosses did not ask how I got in. So, AngliaGT use similar keys, and don't give up. Rest on it, try it and rest on it.
 
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