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SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 21, 2020 06:12PM

Just found this in a box of parts. It is a Curtis Model 15 key clipper for making keys by number. You will also need to purchase a carriage (part that the key slides into), and the cam (the part that you set to the code of the key that you are making). For the Corvairs from 1960 to 1969, it is a GM-1 Cam, and for the 1960-1966, it is the GM-1 carriage. For the 1967-1969 cars, the Cam stays the same, and only the carriage changes. Those years use the GM-2x carriage. They are usually available as a set on eBay for a reasonable price of $25 - $30 for the set. Sometimes a little less and other times a little less. If you keep your eyes out for the individual pieces, I have seen them in the $8 - $12 range. I am asking $60 shipped for this machine.
The key number books show up also on eBay, and you can also ask about a particular key number on these forums, since many of us already have the books and can give you the codes.

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Re: F/S Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 21, 2020 06:25PM

Merry Christmas to me (etc). PM sent.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 21, 2020 08:36PM

Great! Fast sale. Lucky I already have one, a narrow head 38° for GM keys. I also have another model 15 wide head clipper, with a slightly different angle of cut, 45° universal for Ford and Chrysler.

The one pictured above is a wide head model 15.

Lots of good information on Hawley's website:

[www.hawleylocksupply.com]

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 02, 2021 03:28PM

The key clipper showed up in today's mail. I combined it with the adapter and cam Junky recommended I purchase through ebay and now it's ready to rock and roll!

I can't wait to surprise people at the next club meeting. grinning smiley Hopefully, we'll be back in business by this Summer.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: January 02, 2021 03:47PM

Since you beat me to the punch ..... does that mean you will make some keys for me ??? grinning smiley

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 02, 2021 03:56PM

Make sure everything is adjusted precisely or the keys won't work. I had to fine tune mine to get keys to come out right.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 02, 2021 04:01PM

joelsplace Wrote:
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> Make sure everything is adjusted precisely or the keys won't work. I had to fine tune mine to get keys to come out right.

OK, thanks for the tip. Looking at the tool, I don't really see any adjustments. Maybe the Acorn nut on top above the hand-grip is an adjustment? My Cam and Carrier are both NOS so I have pretty high confidence in them.

Where else would I want to consider adjusting it?

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: January 02, 2021 04:30PM

Service manuals for these clippers show up on flea bay from time to time.
At the moment someone is advertising photo copies of them but it might be best to wait for an original if you are inclined to purchase one.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe
1965 Monza Coupe
1965 Monza Convertible
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 02, 2021 08:35PM

The pin that touches the cam is adjustable and sets the depth of the cut.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: January 03, 2021 07:29AM

Thanks for the tips Caraholic and Joel. Evidently it's not just a tool; it's an adventure! grinning smiley

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts




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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: 67 airvair ()
Date: January 03, 2021 09:38AM

And while I have the wheel type clipper, I DO have the stamps to put the key code onto the knock-out. (I hate keys that have been punched out! yawning smiley )

-Mark

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Re: SOLD!! Curtis Model 15 Key Clipper
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: January 03, 2021 12:01PM

That's cool. None of my stamps are small enough.

Joel
Northlake, TX
5 Ultravans, 114 Corvairs and counting...

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