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 Type 1

Shift Lock Key Switch (salvaged) Type 1

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. (out of stock)
C64C Shift Lock Key Switch

Shift Lock Key Switch for C64C Type 1 (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: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (1 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: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Commodore 64 Breadbin Case Screw 6.6mm head *Original*

Original Commodore 64 Breadbin Case Screw

  • These are the stubby-looking 6.6mm diameter head screws used in most* breadbins for attaching the keyboard to the upper case (and fixing the two halves of the case together).
  • As these are original used parts they may have a little wear and tear.
  • Sold individually
  • * Note:  Some breadbin cases used the narrower C64 style screws - see the other screws listed below for suitable replacements.
Price: £ 0.20   Add to cart. (15 in stock)
Commodore 64 Breadbin Case Screw 6.6mm head - New

New Commodore 64 Breadbin Case Screw (6.6mm head, 3.5mm diameter thread)

  • As above but these are modern replacements - Same dimensions as originals but with pointed end (irrelevant!)
  • Sold individually.
Price: £ 0.09   Add to cart. (15 in stock)
Commodore 64 keyboard screws - pack of 5 *Original*

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. (10 in stock)
Commodore 64 Narrow Case / Keyboard Screw - New

C64 narrow screw (case and keyboard)  - New

  • For breadbin C64s that used narrower (5.5mm diameter head) screws
  • Where used, 3 hold the case together, and 8 fix the keyboard to the upper case
  • Brand new replacement screws, sold individually.
Price: £ 0.07   Add to cart. (10 in stock)
Commodore 64C Case/Motherboard Screw 8mm *Original*

Commodore 64C Case/Motherboard Screw 8mm *Original*  

Used for:

  • Underside of C64C case (3 screws) For C64C cases that are not just clipped together.
  • Motherboard of C64C (5 screws)  Note: the bottom left and right screws that pass through the metal keyboard brackets are are 10mm long - see above for those.

Notes:

  • Clipped together C64C cases use the small 6mm breadbin type screws for the motheboard.
  • These are original, salvaged parts sold individually - they may have some wear and tear.
Price: £ 0.20   Add to cart. (14 in stock)
Commodore 64C Case/Motherboard Screw 8mm -New

Commodore 64C Case/Motherboard Screw 8mm - New

  • As above but brand new replacement screws.
Price: £ 0.09   Add to cart. (8 in stock)
Commodore 64C Keyboard Bracket / Motherboard Screw 10mm *Original*

Commodore 64C Keyboard Bracket / Motherboard Screw 10mm *Original*  

Used for the Keyboard brackets / Motherboard of C64C - ie: the bottom left and right screws that pass through the metal keyboard brackets.

  • Note that the other five C64C Motherboard screws are shorter 8mm types (and also note: clipped-together cases used the shorter still 6mm breadbin-style motherboard screws)

These are original, salvaged parts sold individually - they may have some wear and tear.

Price: £ 0.25   Add to cart. (4 in stock)
Commodore 64C Keyboard Bracket / Motherboard Screw 10mm - New

Commodore 64C Keyboard Bracket / Motherboard Screw 10mm - New  

  • As above but brand new replacement screws.
Price: £ 0.10   Add to cart. (10 in stock)
Grommet / Clip for power LED

New Clip / Grommet  for Power LED

  • For the standard 5mm round power LED used in the breadbin case.
  • Clip and ring supplied, easy to fit. 
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (6 in stock)
Original Power LED assembly for C64C - RED - Short Cable

Original RED Power LED assembly for C64C with short cable

  • As above but with red LED
  • Standard ~14cm cable, so only suitable for the "short" C64C boards with the LED connector in the top/left.
Price: £ 3.50   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Original Power LED for C64C - GREEN with Short Cable

Original GREEN power LED assembly for C64C

  • Original, rectangular GREEN power LED with connector for C64C
  • Standard ~14cm cable so only suitable for the common "short" C64C PCBs with the LED connector towards the top left.
  • Not suitable for "breadbin" C64 (see below for those).
Price: £ 3.50   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Pair of keyboard support brackets for C64C - Short Board

Pair of keyboard support brackets for C64C - Common short board

  • Used in the C64C models that have external case screws and the standard, smaller C64C motherboard (ie: not PCB ASSY-250466 or cases that just clip together)
  • Also suitable for the newly manufactured C64C cases from Pixelwizard
  • Supplied with two short wide headed screws that hold down the keyboard and two 10mm self-tapping screws that hold the brackets to the case (through the motherboard).
  • Used, so may have some small marks or minor rust patches
  • Note - these are too tall for Royal Mail's "large letter" 25mm postage tier hence the shipping rate increase when ordering.
Price: £ 5.00   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
Plunger and Spring for Commodore 64 Breadbin Type 1 keyboard 5mm tip

Plunger & Spring for Commodore 64 breadbin keyboard 5mm (Type 1)

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 Type 1 breadbin C64 keyboard 
  • Clean and in  good condition
Price: £ 0.75   Add to cart. (13 in stock)
Plunger and Spring from Commodore C64 / C64C keyboard 3mm tip (Type 1)

Plunger & Spring from Commodore C64(C) 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 breadins. Key caps designed for both types fit well.

  • From a standard metal spring Type 1 C64 keyboard.
  • Clean and in good condition.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (31 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.
  • Spring also supplied. Note due to scarcity the spring may be from a Type 1 keyboard - they're 1mm longer but it makes no perceivable difference in use.
Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (25 in stock)
Single spring from Commodore breadbin C64 and C64C keyboard

Spring from Commodore C64 breadbin and C64C keyboard

  • Suitable for breadbin Type1 keyboard (3 or 5mm plunger) and C64C
  • Fractionally longer than an original Type3 spring but these can still be used in those keyboards..
  • Note: Not suitable for the Space Bar - these use a longer spring.
  • Good condition
Price: £ 0.30   Add to cart. (27 in stock)
Space bar plastic insert from C64 / C64C

Spare bar plastic insert clip

  • Pushes into the space bar to hold the metal support bar
  • The same type appears to be used for the breadbin and C64C's space bar (those that have the common black, cross-point type plungers, I've not yet confirmed with the slotted or white plunger types)
Price: £ 0.75   Add to cart. (4 in 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 from a standard UK mechanically-springed C64 (breadbin) keyboard with grey function keys. Each key cap includes an appropriate plunger and spring (in some cases you may need to replace the plunger present in your keyboard - see this page for info about this). The Shift Lock key is supplied as  cap only (ie: without the cross-point insert etc). See the items listed lower down for the other designs of key caps used in breadbins. 

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.


















CTRL
W E R T Y U I O P
*
RESTORE

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



Z X C V B

/


 




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

Price: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (20 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

6




-




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

ShfLock RunStop A S D F G H J K L : ; = RETURN
F5/f6

SHIFT Z X C V B N M . ,
SHIFT CurUp/Dn CursL/R

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

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (37 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.




 

 








 


 
 CTRL Q W E R T Y U I O P @
^  Restore
F3
Run/Stop
A S D F G H J K L : ; =  Return
F5

Shift  Z X C V B N M , .



 CursL/R

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

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (12 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.





4
6




-



 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


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: £ 0.75   Add to cart. (16 in stock)
Spare Key (C64C white keys) Grade 1

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 1 

Used, but clean and undamaged 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 1: Little to no age yellowing. The following keys in this grade are currently available (Space bar is listed separately when available.)








6 7 8 9 0
 



Control
Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^(pi) Restore
F3/F4
Run/Stop Sh.Lock A S D F G H J K L : ;   = Return
F5/F6
C= CBM
Shift Z X C V B N M < > /   Shift CursUD CursLR

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

Price: £ 1.25   Add to cart. (18 in stock)
Spare Key (C64C white keys) Grade 2

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 2

As above but Grade 1.3-1.6: 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. 



2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 £  +  - CLR/HOME

CONTROL
Q W E R T Y U I O P @ * ^(pi) RESTORE
F3
Run/Stop Sh.Lock A S D F G H J K L : ;   = RETURN
F5

SHIFT
Z X C V B N M , .
 / SHIFT CursU/D CursL/R

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 3

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 3

As above but Grade 3: Cream-to-yellow ageing. (Please see this image for comparison.)

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


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 £ + - CLR/HOME

Control   Q W E R T Y U  I O P @ * ^(pi)  Restore F3/F4
RUNSTOP ShftLock A S D F G H J K L : ; = SHIFT  Return F5/F6
 
Shift Z X C V B N M . , /
CrsrUD  CrsrLR

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

Price: £ 0.90   Add to cart. (13 in stock)
Spare Key (C64C white keys) Grade 4

Spare Keys For White C64C - Colour Grade 4

As above, but Grade 4 : 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.


1



6 7





 





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


f5/f6

SHIFT Z X
V
N M . , /
CursUD


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

Price: £ 0.80   Add to cart. (24 in stock)
Spare Key - Early C64C - Grade 1 - 1.5

Spare Key For Early White C64C - Colour Grade 1 - 1.5

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.

These are grade 1-1.5 so have the lowest yellowing. The following keys of this type are currently available:


  1 2 3 4 5 6
8 9






CTRL   Q W E R T Y U  I O P @ * ^ pi Restore
f3/f4
ShfLock RunStop A S D F G H J K L : ;
= Return
f5/f6
CBM C=  Shift
Z X C V B N M < > /
Shift CursUD CursLR f7/f8

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

Price: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (12 in stock)
Spare Key - Early C64C - Grade 3

Spare Key For Early White C64C - Colour Grade 3

As above but "Grade 3" condition (obvious yellowing).  The following keys of this type are currently available:


 




6
8








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

F3
Run/Stop Shf Lock A S D F G H J

:
=   Return

F5
CBM C=   Shift Z X
V B N M . , /
 



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

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (21 in stock)
Type 2 Breadbin C64 Keyboard Bubble Contact

Bubble contact for Type 2 C64 Keyboard

  • For the less common version of the Commodore 64 breadbin keyboard which does not have metal springs under the key caps (apart from the space bar).
  • Original part, used but good condition.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (24 in stock)
Type 2 Breadbin C64 Keyboard Plunger

Plunger (only) for Type 2 C64 Keyboard

  • For the less common version of the Commodore 64 breadbin keyboard  which does not have metal springs under the key caps (apart from the space bar).
  • Original part, used but good condition.
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (10 in stock)
Type 2 Spare Key (Breadbin C64) 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 have white plungers and no springs (apart from the Space Bar). They do not fit the black plungers of the original springed keyboards. (The plunger and bubble contacts are not included and are available separately.)

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 1.5 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 + - CLR HOME INST DEL

CTRL

Q

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

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

F5/F6

SHIFT Z X C V B N M

/
CursUD


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

Price: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (16 in stock)
Type 2 Spare Key (Breadbin C64) 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:




3 4 5
7
9
- £



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

Restore F3/F4
RunStop ShLock A S D F G H J K L : ; =
Return F5/F6
C= CBM  Shift C Z X V B N M < > / CursLR

Shift F7/F8

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

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (14 in stock)
Type 2 Spare Key (Breadbin C64) Grade 2.5-3.0

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

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
- £ ClrHome InsDel F1/F2
 CTRL Q W E  R T Y U I O P @ * ^ (pi)  Restore
F3/F4
RunStop S.Lock A S D F G H J K L : ; =  Return
F5/F6

Shift  Z X C V B N M < > /
CursUD  CursLR
F7/F8

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

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (17 in stock)
Type 3 Spare Key - C64C (White keys) - Grade 1 - 1.5

Spare Keys For White C64C -  Type 3 fitting - Colour Grade 1 - 1.5

Key caps from a C64C with uncommon slotted type plungers (which I call "Type 3"  - please see photo).  Does NOT includes plunger / spring - these are available separately. (Shift Lock does not include the switch).

Grade 1.2: Very Little 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. 














9



 





Y

O






Run/Stop  
























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

Price: £ 1.50   Add to cart. (5 in stock)
Type 3 Spare Key - C64C (White keys) - Grade 2

Spare Keys For White C64C -  Type 3 fitting - Colour Grade 2

As above but grade 2.0: Some 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. 



1
3

6


0

-



Q W

T




@ * ^  Restore

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





Z X













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

Price: £ 0.99   Add to cart. (15 in stock)
Type 3 Spare Key - C64C (White keys) - Grade 3

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

As above, but age-yellowed so Grade 3. The following "Type 3" C64C keys are currently available. Space bar is listed separately when available. 




  3


7

0 +

Clr/Home

 Control
Q W E R T Y U I
P @ * ^/pi



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

f5/f6


Shift Z X C V B N M N
>
curL/R Shift

f7/f8

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

Price: £ 0.75   Add to cart. (13 in stock)