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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:47 am

Vapor Transit Key

Anyone know what this key goes to, or how hard it is to get? It's a cast key, and it's almost square (curved on one of 4 sides--see last photo), but it's got like a 12 or 16 digit number cast into it, along with a month and year of manufacture, along with the customer initials!!!

Key manufacturer is "Vapor" and if you google them, they make transit equipment (bus doors, subway doors, maybe other things?---no keys shown on their website).

I mean, I guess the obvious thing is: "it's a bus door key, stupid", but I'm looking for verification of that.... Or not. PM's cool.

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Pixelated portion above is the 12-16 digit number; not clear if it's a part number or serial number (each cast key w/ a new serial number cast?).

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Customer name pixelated above. Manufacturer name (Vapor) in the clear.

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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:19 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

I put out a feeler with some transit police, I'll let you know if I hear anything back.
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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:09 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

ROTFLMAO!!!!! :armed:
(20:10:59) Blacky: oki
(20:18:08) MBI: Me working for the CIA is about as likely as you working in the Middle East.
(20:19:01) Riyame: lol
(20:19:05) Riyame: he is in dubai
(20:19:26) MBI rescinds his previous comment
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Post Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:39 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Ok, I heard back. He's just guessing but he thinks that key is from a transit line back east although he was a little surprised it was so short. Usually they have a longer shaft. I presume to make it more difficult to impression the shape of the end and make an improvised key.
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Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:08 am

Re: Vapor Transit Key

The French key maker ronis ! fh fm series keys for utility make a key similar to this one
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Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:22 am

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Also seen them used - frequently - for water spigots at commercial properties.

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Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:37 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

probably work on old fashioned roller skates too
Type in Roller skate key on google and look at the images
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Post Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:45 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

rai wrote:probably work on old fashioned roller skates too
Type in Roller skate key on google and look at the images


I'm familiar with the completely square ones for water spigots and roller skates, but if you see pic three above, if you look carefully at the bottom left side, it's not flat, it's bowed out.

So a square key wouldn't fit the ... pin. Or shaft. (whatever you call what this key operates on). Anyway, a square key wouldn't fit it, unless it was a little bit bigger, but I'm guessing that the exterior dimension is also controlled on the Vapor keyway, meaning a larger (thicker) key wouldn't fit into the keyway. Make sense?
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Post Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:13 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

It does make sense. Using my phone to view the pictures, did not see the bowed side. In that case, not personally able to help! :-( Sorry! Sure someone else here will be able to help.

Good luck!

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Post Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:33 am

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Cool key, but what am I missing here? Why would you pixelate your fingers?
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Post Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:46 am

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Montana_Picker wrote:Cool key, but what am I missing here? Why would you pixelate your fingers?

They're not pixellated. That's how they really look.
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Post Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:18 am

Re: Vapor Transit Key

MBI wrote:
Montana_Picker wrote:Cool key, but what am I missing here? Why would you pixelate your fingers?

They're not pixellated. That's how they really look.


That is what happens to people who do not pick locks enough. So get out there and practice!!!

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Post Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:56 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Montana_Picker wrote:Cool key, but what am I missing here? Why would you pixelate your fingers?


Fun.
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Post Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:14 am

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Just in case, so you can't read his fingerprints! Big Brother IS watching ya know!! :akimbo:
(20:10:59) Blacky: oki
(20:18:08) MBI: Me working for the CIA is about as likely as you working in the Middle East.
(20:19:01) Riyame: lol
(20:19:05) Riyame: he is in dubai
(20:19:26) MBI rescinds his previous comment
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Post Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:03 pm

Re: Vapor Transit Key

Very similar to two railroad "locks" I have, only they use a common 1/2" socket to open, so I really wouldn't call em locks per se. Used on battery boxes for signals.
here's a pic I found on the web of one. Image

Could go to something like that
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