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GTE Payphone help
« on: December 03, 2017, 05:31:47 PM »
I have this GTE telephone, and can't get the upper housing off.  I have the 219A and 719A tools, and can remove the door to the coin box, but can't seem to get the key to unlock the upper housing.  Is there a trick to it, or do I need the key to fit the lock on the side?
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Re: GTE Payphone help
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2017, 07:10:41 PM »
You will need the key to the side lock. That allows the t key to move the levers the open the top.

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Re: GTE Payphone help
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 07:49:48 PM »
Is the keyed lock a standard key, or are they all different?  In other words, am I going to have to drill that lock out?
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Re: GTE Payphone help
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2017, 08:35:15 PM »
Upper housing locks are different for each telco. We had three different locks/keys for BC Tel in British Columbia. I never did find out why there were three instead of just one.

We used to remove the lower instruction card and drill a 1/4Ē hole in the upper right corner of the area that the card covered. This was in the event that coins had managed to jamb the area around the lock preventing the lock from turning. Then the ever useful KS ďHunk of ground wireĒ tool or a long thin screw driver could be inserted to knock the coins out if the way. I would think a similar hole maybe a bit larger would allow something to be inserted and then a hit with a hammer in the right spot could break off the end of the lever. These arenít super heavy duty, the lever just prevents the locking bars from being turned up and down with the T Key. Iíve never tried it but would think it could be driven further into the housing from a hole in the front so the T Key would be able to slide the locking bars.

For display purposes, if the upper housing key isnít available to go with the phone I have simply removed the tab from the end of the lever on these locks so the phone looks complete on the outside but a T Key is then all that is needed to open up the top.

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Re: GTE Payphone help
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 07:02:33 AM »
It is so little room for failure here, the validator almost touches the lock.
Not a bad idea to just drill away the locking pin.
2 pictures of the lock here open and locked (open with visible distances, the locked will have a distance from the center of the lock to the pin of 5/4" But then you get a hole you do not want on the side. 

If you hit the pin, it is fixed with a washer and a nut, and may probably be removed by rotating counterclockwise.
If you drill from the front you may bend it so you may turn your T-key (look at the picture nr 2, It will probably be difficult), and hopefully not ruin the validator, but I am not sure. I f you drill in the front and may get off the cover around the keypad, or just have a replacement , the drilled hole will be invisible.

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Re: GTE Payphone help
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 07:39:48 PM »
Ok, thanks.  Would it be easier to just drill the lock out?
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Re: GTE Payphone help
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 10:36:31 PM »
I drill mine out. Replacement locks are readily available on ebay.