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corvette66

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If you lose the key for the ignition, how do you remove the tumbler? I removed the tumbler in my 81 with ease. I didn't even need the key, all i had to do was remove the wheel, and turn signal junk, and remove a screw. But on my 74 its not like that. I have drilled the crap out of this thing, banged on it, pry'd on it, and i have removed almost all the internal workings of the tumbler but still can not free it loose.?????????????????????????????
 
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I don't remember for certain about those old ignition switches, but I think you had to put a paper clip into the little hole in the front and then turn to start with the key in and the whole thing then falls out.
 

KOPBET

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I'm not sure about the '74, but on the '73 t/t there is a spring loaded latch in the lock cylinder sleeve you must depress with something like a small screwdriver. I have a new lock cylinder if you need one.

 

corvette66

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thanx, i'll try that again, i tried sticking a screw driver in all the holes and nothing happened. But since you showed me wich hole, i'll give it another shot. thank you
 
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There's usually die-casting flash blocking that hole - you have to punch the flash out of the hole with the end of a screwdriver before you can see the little latch you need to depress. :)
 

corvette66

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i got it out finally. wow they really make them difficult to remove

thanx guys
 

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