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I picked a parking meter slider lock for the first time!

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PhoneMan

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Post Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:11 pm

I picked a parking meter slider lock for the first time!

I've had this old parking meter for around 20 years, when I originally bought it, the vault was locked open, and the top was still locked. I kept it that way for awhile, until I wanted to see if a local locksmith could open it. The locksmith I took it to said they couldn't pick it or make keys, but gave me the option of drilling the top lock, which I didn't want. On closer inspection, he saw the top lock was accessible from the coin vault, and used a long screwdriver and a mallet to remove the retaining nut, thus opening the top.
Meter overall: Image
Fast forward a year, and I wanted working keys and locks. Thankfully, an online seller was selling replacement locks and custom made keys!
Here's the cool key:Image

Unfortunately, this seller is no longer selling these, but, there is a person on ebay who is selling new ones.

Fast forward to yesterday, I'm bored, watching videos of someone restoring one of these meters, and he picks it with a cheap pick set. I get to thinking, I've got a nice new Sparrows set, can I make this happen for fun?

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WOW! I did it!

My technique involved using a standard tension wrench, and a shallow hook to move the sliders around until they bound up, I also used a thin tension wrench to "jiggle" everything from the top and bottom of the keyway. Once I had it tensioned in the right direction, it opened in 30 seconds or so!

Here's the lock core removed: https://i.imgur.com/sxYhLx3.jpg I know it's a crappy pic, but it's a standard Bell style slider lock with 6 slider pins and no sidebars.

Duncan still makes parking meters, but they no longer use this system of lock, their new meters have disc detainer and Medeco locks, so I see no harm in posting this now. (Plus LPL and others have videos of this style being picked online)
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Post Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:20 pm

Re: I picked a parking meter slider lock for the first time!

Very nice :)
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Post Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:02 am

Re: I picked a parking meter slider lock for the first time!

well done!!
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Post Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:38 am

Re: I picked a parking meter slider lock for the first time!

Holy crap! Congrats dude!

From the picture of the core it looks like yours is the version with sprung sliders.

There is also a version for the VIP meters (large round door) that doesn't use springs. I have tried picking it unsuccessfully, but this might be some inspiration to give it a try again.

:) thanks for sharing. I know its a great feeling getting something working again
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Post Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:19 pm

Re: I picked a parking meter slider lock for the first time!

Mac, this one does in fact have springs in it! I've actually had keys for this one for quite awhile, I just wanted to see if I could pick it.

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