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Dashboard mounted ignition swtich....HOW-TO Remove????

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Greg72, Dec 4, 2001.

  1. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I bought the "re-keying kit" from ChevyDuty so that I could get the doors / glovebox and ignition to all match....so far so good, the door locks were easy.

    The Ignition switch cover has 3 notches in it presumably to unscrew the front bezel part from the lock assembly behind the dash. Well I got that loosened so that it's backed-out about 1/8" but now it won't go any further....I don't know if the threads are stripped, or there is something additional I need to do to separate the front trim ring from the rear ignition assembly....?

    I don't want to "force" it before at least asking the list for help.....ANY IDEAS? [​IMG]



    -Greg72

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  2. arq

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    did you remove the key cylinder, there is a pinhole that you stick something into it that will release the key cylinder. you have to use your key to turn the ignition(not sure which dirrection) and then use a paper clip to unlock the key cylinder.
    the outer housing should uncrew without any further steps.

    ARQ.

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    Yup ARQ has got it. put your ignition key in then push a paperclip into the little hole and turn the key then pull apart.
    Good Luck

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  4. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Are you guys SERIOUS?!?!?!?

    You make it sound like I don't even need to unscrew that crazy 3-pronged trim piece.....just use a paperclip and the key.....?

    I'm going to go try that right NOW.....but if you guys are right.......well, let's just say there's a few hours I've just lost forever.....!!! [​IMG]





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  5. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    ....AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGHHH!!!....

    Step 1: Put Key in Ignition, rotate counterclockwise to ACC position
    Step 2: Insert Paperclip into access hole until you feel the a "spring" compressing
    Step 3: Turn Key counterclockwise MORE
    Step 4: Lock Assembly falls right out into your hand....making you feel like a dumba$$ for pulling half the stupid dash apart trying to figure it out!!!!! [​IMG]

    TOTAL TIME TO COMPLETE: 5 Seconds.......


    You guys ROCK! Thanks for the help....new key assembly is already installed and works great!!!! [​IMG]



    -Greg72

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  6. arq

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    that's why we're all here... next time you can invite us over for a barbeque or something and we'll do that kind of stuff for ya.

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  7. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    ARQ,

    If I'm cooking for you guys.....you can BET it's not going to be in exchange for a 5-second repair!! [​IMG]

    Maybe when the 1-Ton axles are ready to go in.....we can negotiate!

    Seriously though, every time this list solves my problems, I feel good that I sent in the $25 membership fee.....that was hard to do, considering that I'm still out of work....but there is no arguing with the usefulness of this site and the helpfulness of everyone here.



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  8. LKJR

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    Well you got it, esp the feeling like a dumba$$ for trying to pull it all apart, I got pissed at mine cause I couldn't figure it out and just broke the retainer ring in to a hundred pieces..

    Like em big and topless
    Excuse me...Would you mind removing your import from under my chevy?
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Les,

    I was ALMOST at that point....the stupid ring will unscrew only so far, and then it just spins-and-spins-and-spins....!!!!

    I'm guessing that if you remove the tumbler FIRST and then unscrew the trim ring it will come right off.....somehow the tumbler gets in the way of that trim ring if you try to do it the opposite way.

    Don't feel TOO bad....I'm going to need to buy a new trim ring for mine....and hopefully the REAL 3-Pronged tool to install it without gouging the heck out of it!!! [​IMG]

    "Experience is always something you get AFTER you really needed it...."



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  10. Ryan B.

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    HAHAHAHA!
    Man, you gave me a good laugh reading this thread.
    I did the same damn thing, spent about a half an hour cussing, and then decided to go look in the manual where I got the directions how to do it. A paperclip and a few seconds later you're done.
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Ryan,

    All I had to look at was the "Factory Assembly Manual" which shows a lot of exploded views but is basically useless for showing "procedures".....

    I got my 14BFF for free....that's makes it easy.....now I just need to find a "free" front D60!!! [​IMG]...seriously though, that swap is a HUGE investment all at once.....Front Axle, 8 Bolt Wheels, New Tires, CV Driveshaft(s), New Shock mounts, Spring perches....etc.

    I think it's gonna be a while, but who knows? If I get this job I interviewed for today at least there will be some cashflow again....! [​IMG]

    How's your new Camaro treating you so far...? Got any Burnout pics to share yet....or at least some good stories? [​IMG]


    -Greg72

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  12. 69K5

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    Greg72,
    I did the same thing. I thought my ignition switch was bad and proceeded to tear it up trying to take it out. Then some kid told me how to do it at autozone. I say kid, he was probably older than me. I felt dumb for a while too. turned out all i had was a crubbed wire.
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    I just forced mine out with a screw drive. I was convinced that it was stripped out. After buying the new bezel and key cylinder set, I figured out the paper clip think. Oh well, now I have a shinny new bezel!

    '69 K-5/350/TH350/35's & 6" Lift
     
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    Dude, ditto on everything said! I think I turned mine for :20 and insulted that part with every explative I know before I read the manual and took the lock cylinder out. The members of this sight are a wealth of info! I plan to send in my membership bucks this week&gt;
     

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