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Old 01-07-2019, 07:26 PM
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Key heads, anyone?

I'm going to cut metal this week!



They'll be black anodized, brushed aluminum finish, and $35 each for the first run. I'll have 25 of each. Another run is possible, but not guaranteed. PM me if interested. I preserved the exact shape of the original key.

Unlike the other guy who made something similar a few years back, I will ABSOLUTELY NOT take payment until I have them in hand and ready to ship out.

If someone wants the clear prototypes, I'll even sell those. They are pretty cool in their own way.

Thanks to Maximan1 for shipping me an original W123 key from his car for my prototyping work.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:40 PM
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Is that for w123 an or w124?
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:58 PM
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There are both models -- notice the two shapes of key through the clear head
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1998 Saturn SL2, 244k - 35 mpg (gone, never forgotten)
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 156k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 110k - 28.6 mpg

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Old 01-07-2019, 09:06 PM
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Wasn't certain if it was w201 or w126 but now I know w124.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:14 PM
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The w124 and w126 are both the rounded style on the left.
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2005 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, 77k
1998 Saturn SL2, 244k - 35 mpg (gone, never forgotten)
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 156k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 110k - 28.6 mpg

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Old 01-07-2019, 11:37 PM
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Nice work. Looks like you mill both sides. Unfortunately I just spent a week making up some for myself recently. Looking forward to seeing the metal version.

I love those plated steel keys.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:18 AM
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waiting ....please keep us posted
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:48 AM
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waiting ....please keep us posted
Will do. My assistant is wrapping up the last of the design files for another project today, and then we will get these into the queue for milling and anodizing. It's generally a quick turnaround (7-10 business days or so) for machining and ano once I approve the design files.
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1998 Saturn SL2, 244k - 35 mpg (gone, never forgotten)
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 156k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 110k - 28.6 mpg

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Old 01-08-2019, 01:43 PM
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Put me down for one of each, please. Sorry I didn't have the later W123 key available for you to work with - glad someone else was able to help out.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:23 AM
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I'll have 25 sets in black, and 5 sets in red of each type (by someone's request who carries two keys wants to tell them apart!). I expect them to be finished around the week of the 21st. I've got a few spoken for here, and a quite a few more on the facebook groups.

Once I have them ready to go, I'll start taking payments. Check the google sheet below to start adding your names to reserve one or more.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AheEt0_HGrhcSfHLdcec6PJOGSzEQ9iz61ByHEdjNBk/edit?usp=sharing
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2005 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, 77k
1998 Saturn SL2, 244k - 35 mpg (gone, never forgotten)
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 156k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 110k - 28.6 mpg

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Old 01-18-2019, 01:08 PM
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The heads are machined, finished (brushed) and ready for anodizing. They should be ready to ship in about a week or so.

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2005 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, 77k
1998 Saturn SL2, 244k - 35 mpg (gone, never forgotten)
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 156k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 110k - 28.6 mpg

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My assistant is wrapping up the last of the design files for another project today, . . .
" Renaissance Man Labs, where the future is being made today."
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:32 PM
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" Renaissance Man Labs, where the future is being made today."
Thanks, I'll take it! (notice my updated avatar)
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1998 Saturn SL2, 244k - 35 mpg (gone, never forgotten)
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbodiesel, 4 sp auto, 156k - 28.7 mpg
1993 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 8v, 3 sp auto. 134k - 25 mpg
1996 Tracker 4x4, 2 door, 16v, 3 sp auto. 110k - 28.6 mpg

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Old 01-19-2019, 03:37 PM
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Yep, noticed the change at top of thread.

According to the net, the labs tag line was a take off of " Honeywell Labs, a technology company which aired TV commercials ("That someday is today ... at Honeywell") well-known at the time of the original Muppet Show. "

Here is the pic source.

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Old 01-20-2019, 05:33 AM
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I'd be interested in a clear one, let me know how much you'd need to get for it. Sharp looking product!
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