C64 Keyboard Parts

The C64 keyboard was revised many times over the course of the 64's lifetime and choosing a replacement key may not be as straightforward as it seems. I have tried to be as precise as possible in the descriptions below. A summary of the situation can also be found here

Products:

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C64 breadbin Shift Lock Key Switch

Shift Lock Key Switch (salvaged)

Note: Switch only supplied (with cross point insert) - if a key cap is required please check my breadbin keys to see if I have one available separately.

  • For the standard metal-springs-under-all-keys breadbin C64s only. 
  • Will not fit 'Type 2' breadbin keyboards that have white plungers (which have a circular keylock switch) or the C64C keyboard.
Price: £ 2.00   Add to cart. (1 in stock)
C64C Shift Lock Key Switch

Shift Lock Key Switch for C64C (salvaged)

Note: Switch only supplied - if a key cap is required please check my breadbin keys to see if I have one available separately.

  • Tested: Working
  • From C64C (IE: White key/case version)
  • 'Breadbin' (Brown key) C64 keyboards also occasionally have this type of switch. (They can also be used in place the type shown above but the Shift Lock key will lie about 1mm lower than it should if this is done).
Price: £ 2.00   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Clip for C64 Space Bar (breadbin keyboard)

Space Bar clip for C64 breadbin keyboard

These clips press into the main plastic body of the keyboard assembly and hold the metal rod part of the space bar mechanism in place (there is one at each end).

  • From the "Type 1" metal spring breadbin keyboard (space bar's retaining metal bar clipped in at the front).
  • Sold individually.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (6 in stock)
Commodore 64 Case Screw (6.6mm head)

Commodore 64 Case Screw (6.6mm head) - Sold individually

  • These are the more common stubby-looking 6.6mm diameter head type.
  • Also used internally for screwing the keyboard to the top part of the case.
  • Brand new direct replacement screws, sold indivually.
Price: £ 0.09   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Commodore 64 Case Screw (smaller 5.4mm head) / C64C motherboard screw

Commodore 64 Case Screw (5.4mm head) - Sold individually.

  • These are the narrower 5.4mm diameter head types which are less common in the breadbins (but usual for the C64C models that are not just clipped togther) - please check your case.
  • Also used internally for screwing the keyboard to the top part of the case in some breadbins and attaching the motherboard to the case in C64Cs
  • Brand new direct replacement screws, sold indivually
Price: £ 0.09   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Commodore 64 Metal Power Badge

Commodore 64 Metal Power Badge

  • Original C64 breadbin "Power" badge in very good condition
  • As it is very difficult to attach fresh double-sided tape evenly due to the hole for the power LED, these badges are best attached with a tiny spot of glue
Price: £ 1.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Commodore 64 Metal Rainbow Badge

Commodore 64 Breadbin "Rainbow" Badge

  • Original C64 metal badge in very good condition - no chips in the paintwork or dents in lettering.
  • Dimensions: 109.6mm x 10.7mm (Note: The inlay on breadbin cases is usually about 1mm longer than this allowing the badge to drop in easily, however on some cases it can be too short - please check your case). 
  • Fresh 3M brand double-side tape applied to back, ready to peel and apply.
Price: £ 3.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Plunger and rubber bubble contact for Type 2 C64 Keyboard

Plunger and rubber bubble contact for Type 2 C64 Keyboard

  • For the less common version of the Commodore 64 breadbin keyboard (which I call "Type 2"). This version does not have metal springs under the key caps (apart from the space bar).
  • Both the white plunger and grey/black bubble contact are included.
  • Original parts, used but good clean condition.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (19 in stock)
Plunger and Spring for Commodore 64 Breadbin keyboard 5mm tip

Plunger & Spring for Commodore 64 breadbin keyboard 5mm

These types have the longer tip key-cap fitting (approx 5mm long cross section tip). Key-caps designed for the shorter (~3 mm) tip plungers do not fit as well so it's best to match the plungers to the rest of your keyboard (and/or keycap to be used). Shorter tip plungers available below.

  • From a standard metal spring breadbin C64 keyboard 
  • Clean and in  good condition
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (6 in stock)
Plunger and Spring from Commodore C64 / C64C keyboard 3mm tip

Plunger & Spring from Commodore C64C keyboard 3.5mm tip

These plungers have a shorter (approx 3.5mm) tip as usually found on the C64C (white) keyboard, but occasionally also on the later breadins. Key caps designed for both types fit well.

  • From a standard metal spring C64 keyboard.
  • Clean and in good condition.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (18 in stock)
Plunger and Spring from Type 3 Commodore C64C keyboard

Plunger & Spring from "Type 3" Commodore C64C keyboard 

These plungers have an unusual fitting - instead of the normal cross-point, they are hollow with a slotted top (please see photo).

  • Clean and in good condition.
  • Plunger and associated spring supplied.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (4 in stock)
Power LED assembly for C64C - GREEN

Power LED assembly for C64C (Green LED)

  • Original, rectangular GREEN power LED with connector for C64C
  • Approx 14cm long
  • Not suitable for "breadbin" C64 (see below for those).
Price: £ 1.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Power LED assembly for C64C - RED

Power LED assembly for C64C (Red LED)

  • Original, rectangular RED power LED with connector for C64C
  • Cable is approx 35cm long (obviously will replace the shorter 14cm type just fine)
  • Not suitable for "breadbin" C64 (see below for those)
Price: £ 1.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Power LED for breadbin C64 including new grommet

Red Power LED, cable and socket with new fixing grommet

  • Original red Commodore 64 power LED with cable and plug as used in the breadbin C64
  • Cable is approx 25CM long
  • Also used in VIC 20
  • Includes a new fixing grommet (same type as original)
  • Not suitable for the later white C64C since that uses a rectangular LED.
  • I also have new green and blue LED cables in the mods section for customized cases.
  • If you require a longer than normal cable (eg: for the 64GS model) just leave me a note in the special instructions box during checkout.
Price: £ 1.75   Add to cart. (1 in stock)
Small-keyboard screws for C64 Breadbin keyboard (pack of 5)

Five small keyboard screws for Breadbin Commodore 64

  • These are the tiny gold-coloured screws that fix the keyboard PCB to the black plastic body.
  • From the springed-key type breadbin keyboard
  • Sold in packs of 5
Price: £ 0.25   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Space bar for breadbin C64 - type 1

Space bar for C64 keyboard - Type 1

  • For the C64 'breadbin' keyboards which have springs under all the keys (not just the space bar)
  • Includes: Space bar, spring (note: this is longer than other key springs), plunger and metal bracket (with white supports)
Price: £ 2.00   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Space bar for breadbin C64 - type 1 Grade B

Space bar for C64 keyboard - Type 1 ** GRADE B **

  • As above but Grade B condition -  IE: it will have some minor signs of wear
Price: £ 1.00   Add to cart. (1 in stock)
Space bar for breadbin C64 - type 2 (Grade B)

Space bar for C64 keyboard - Type 2  *Grade B*

  • Please note: Grade B item - May have a small mark or scuff.
  • For the C64 'breadbin' keyboards which only have a spring under the space bar and no other keys (white plungers)
  • Includes: Space bar, spring, plunger, bubble contact and metal bracket.
Price: £ 1.00   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Space bar for C64C (white keyboard)

Space bar for C64C keyboard - Colour Grade 2.

  • For the later model C64C keyboard which has white keys.
  • Colour grade 2 - A little even yellowing apparent.
  • Includes: Space bar, spring, plunger and metal bracket (with white supports)
Price: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 1, Key Grade 1.5)

Spare Key Caps For Springed 'Breadbin' C64 - Grade 1.5 - Minimal Yellowing

Used, but clean and undamaged keys sold individually. Each key includes a plunger and spring (these are also available separately if a key cap is not required - see below). These keys are from a standard UK mechanically-springed C64 (breadbin) keyboard with grey function keys - they will not fit the unsprung type keyboard - see the items listed lower down for keys for those. 

Please note: As with the rest of the C64 plastics, its keys have usually yellowed with age - this is most noticeable on the main character printed on the key tops. To assist in matching your own keyboard I have split the keys I have for sale into groups (ranging from very slightly yellowed to noticeably yellowed - Grade 1.5 to 3 in this diagram). Obviously, this is all quite subjective and exact matches are impossible, however a "close enough" matched key is usually unnoticable within the full keyboard.

The following "Grade 1.5" keys (which have the least age yellowing) are currently available. The spacebar is listed separately.


1
3
5 6 7 8 9 0
- CLR/HOME

F1
 CTRL Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^ RESTORE

Run/Stop S.Lock A S D F G H J K L : ; = Return

CBM  Shift  Z X C V B N M . , / Shift CursLR CursUP 

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (25 in stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 1, Key Grade 2)

Spare Keys For Springed 'Breadbin' C64 - Grade 2: Some yellowing.

As above but "Grade 2" (text is cream colour). The following keys are currently available - all from a UK keyboard. Please refer to this diagram for colour grade comparision). Space bar is listed separately when available.




3 4



9 0


£


Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^


ShfLock
S D F G H J K
:




F5



X C V
N




CurUp/Dn


Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (14 in stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 1, Key Grade 2.5)

Spare Key Caps For Springed 'Breadbin' C64 - Grade 2.5

As above (IE: Breadbin Type 1: All keys sprung) but Graded 2.5 in my colour comparison diagram).

The following "Grade 2.5" keys are currently available. The spacebar is listed separately.




3 4 5
7 8
0
£ CLR/HOME   F1
 CTRL Q W E R T Y U I O P @
^  Restore
F3
Run/Stop S. Lock A S D F G H J K L : ; =  Return
F5

Shift  Z X C V B N M , .


CursU/D   CursL/R F7

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (22 in stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 1, Key Grade 3)

Spare Key Caps For Springed 'Breadbin' C64 - Grade 3: Average Yellowing.

As above (IE: Breadbin Type 1: All keys sprung) but Graded 3 in my colour comparison diagram).

The following "Grade 3" (noticeably yellowed) keys are currently available. The spacebar is listed separately.

 <-

3 4 5 6

9 0 - £ INS/DEL CLR/HOME  F1
 CTRL Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^  Restore
F3
RunStop S.Lock A S D F G H J K L : ; =  Return
F5
 C= Shift  Z X C V B N M . , / Shift CursLR CursUP 
F7

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (20 in stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 2, Grade 1.5)

Spare Key For Commodore 64 (breadbin) Type 2 keyboard - Grade 1.0-1.5

These key caps are from the less-common C64 breadbin keyboard which does not have metal springs beneath the keys (apart from the Space Bar). They do not fit the plungers of the original springed keyboards. The associated plunger and bubble contact is included with each key cap (apart from Shift Lock where just the cap is supplied)  - these are available separately if a cap is not required.

Keys are used but clean and undamaged. Note that due to age there will be some yellowing noticeable in the key top lettering and the body of the function keys - I would grade them as appox 1.3-1.5 on my colour chart

The following keys are currently available - all from a UK keyboard with grey function keys. Space bar is listed separately (when available).

 <- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 + - £ ClrHome InstDel  f1/f2
 CTRL Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^ Restore
f3/f4
RunStop ShftLock A S D F G H J K L : ; = Return

C= Shift  C X Z V B N M . , / Shift CursUD CursLR
f7/f8

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (25 in stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 2, Grade 2.0)

Spare Key For Commodore 64 (breadbin) Type 2 keyboard - Grade 2.0-2.4

As above but these I would grade as appox 2.0-2.5 on my colour chart

The following keys in this colour grade are currently available:

 <- 1
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
£

InstDel 
 CTRL Q W E R
Y U I O P @ * ;  Restore



A S D F G H J K L

=



Shift  C X Z V B N M . , / Shift
 

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (10 in stock)
Spare Key (Breadbin C64 - Keyboard Type 2, Grade 2.5)

Spare Key For Commodore 64 (breadbin) Type 2 keyboard. Grade 2.5-3.0

As above ("Breadbin TYPE 2" keybioard) but graded as appox 2.5-3.0 on my colour chart

The following keys in this colour grade are currently available. Space bar is listed separately.

 <- 1
3 4
6 7
9
-
ClrHome InstDel  F1 
 CTRL Q W E
T
U I O P @ * ^  Restore

RunStop S.Lock A S D F G H J K L :
=  Return
F5

Shift  Z X C V B N M . , / Shift CursUD  CursLR
F7

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (20 in stock)
Spare Key (C64C white keys) Grade 1.5

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 1.3 - 1.5

Used, but clean and undamged keys sold individually. Each key includes a plunger and spring - though these are available separately below if a key cap is not required. (Shift Lock does not include the switch).

The Keys are from a standard UK mechanically-springed C64C (white) keyboard. There were at least two key designs - these keys are the type with all the characters printed on the key tops (nothing on the front) and the "Shift" lettering offset. They are clean with intact printing.

Colour grade approx 1.3 - 1.5: Minor age yellowing - please see this image for comparison. The following keys in this grade are currently available (Space bar is listed separately when available.)


1
3
5 6 7 8
0  - 
Clr/H

 Control
Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^(pi)

 f3/f4
RunStop S.Lock A S D

H J K L : ; = Returm
 f5/f6
C= Shift Z X C V B
M , . / Shift CursUD

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (4 in stock)
Spare Key (C64C white keys) Grade 2

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 2

As above but Grade 2: Slight age yellowing. (Please see this image for comparison.)

The following "Grade 2" C64C keys are currently available. Space bar is listed separately when available. 


1
3

6 7 8
0 -
ClrHome

 Control Q W E R T Y U  I O P @ * ^(pi)  Restore

ShftLock A S D
G H J
L : ; = SHIFT  Return  f5/f6

SHFT Z X C V B N M . , /
CrsrUD  CrsrLR

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (17 in stock)
Spare Key (C64C white keys) Grade 3

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 3

As above, but Grade 3 : Obvious age yellowing. Please see this image for comparison.

The following "Grade 3" C64C keys are currently available. Space bar is listed separately when available.








7 8
0


ClrHome

Control Q W E R T Y U  I O P @ * ^(pi)  Restore
f3/f4
ShfLock A S D F G H J K L : ; =


f5/f6
Shift
Z X

B N M . , / Shift CursUD  CursLR
f7/f8

Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (18 in stock)
Spare Key - C64C (White keys) Type 3 - Grade 1.5

Spare Keys For White C64C -  Type 3 fitting - Colour Grade 1.5

Key caps from a C64C with unusual variant plungers (which I call "Type 3"  - please see photo).  Includes plunger and spring - which are are available separately if a key cap is not required. (Shift Lock does not include the switch).

Grade 1.5: Little or no noticeable age yellowing. (Please see this image for colour comparison.) Clean and undamaged, sold individually.

The following "Type 3" C64C keys are currently available. Space bar is listed separately when available. 



3 4
6 7

0
-
ClrHome INSTDEL 
 Control Q W E R T Y U  I O P @ * ^  Restore

ShftLock A S D F G H J K L : ; =



SHIFT Z X C V B N M
. , /
CursUD  CursLR

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (3 in stock)
Spare Key - Early C64C - Grade 1

Spare Key Caps For Early C64C - Colour Grade 1

These keys are from the rarer early C64C keyboards, which have characters printed on the front (in grey) and top (in black). They use the standard spring / 3.5 mm type 1 cross-point plunger which is included (these are available separately if a key cap is not required). Shift Lock does not include the switch. The Space bar is listed separately when available. 

The following "Grade 1" (no noticeable yellowing) early C64C keys are currently available.  They are clean with intact print. 







6










Q














RUNSTOP







L : ;

Return






V
N
. ,





Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (8 in stock)
Spare Key - Early C64C - Grade 2

Spare Key Caps For Early C64C - Colour Grade 2

As above, but "Grade 2" quality (a little yellowing noticeable). The following early C64C grade 2 keys are currently available.










9 0




CTRL
W
R T Y U  I O P @ *


f3/f4


S D F G H J







f5/f6


Z X

B
M

/ Shift



Please specify which key you require in the Special Instructions box during checkout - thanks!

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (11 in stock)