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Old 10-02-2005, 04:00 PM
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66 Chevy Ignition Switch Problem

I was swapping out my ignition switch on the 66 Caprice today and it all went good until I put in the barrel lock into the new ignition switch housing. The key wont turn the lock and I can't release the lock because I can't turn the barrel lock (with the key in) to line up the release hole to push the release pin in

The barrel lock is definitely seated and I'm not sure what to do to get the thing out short of a big screw driver and breaking it out (never tried that either).

The new switch is mounted in the dash and cant come out without removing the barrel lock because it's held in with the bezel screw thing.

Anybody got some tips on what I should do? I think I can get a new barrel lock and a new ignition switch housing, but the housing is hard to find because it has the light socket and newer ones don't have that.

Maybe a locksmith???

Thanks guys for any advice!

Dan

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Old 10-03-2005, 07:18 PM
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Problem Solved!

Turns out keys don't last forever! I have always used the original (as in 39 years old) key and it just wore out - it's so worn that even the GM and other lettering on it are gone. Looks like some of the teeth are worn down too far to work any more.

Tried a copy of the key and it works!
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Old 10-03-2005, 10:55 PM
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Doc here,

KEWL! Glad to hear it was a simple fix..and thanks for letting us know..one more thing for the next guy to check off for that problem..

Had me going there for awhile, I was thinking it was not seating in the "Lock/ACC " mode (riding high) , why it was not releasing, but I noted you said it was seated OK..so I put more thought into it...you fixed it before I was done scratching my head!

Anyway, glad to hear it's fixed and cheaply , not at a smith's $60 an hour rate!

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Old 10-04-2005, 10:10 AM
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The funny thing is that the bad key that doesn't work in the ignition still works for the door locks! I got a new set of lock cylinders on the way...

This was a sub-project of my big, overhaul the dash project - I replaced the dashboard, re-taped/routed all the wires (checking for bad ones, found none) and put in a new glovebox.

I also gutted out the Comfotron climate control system and put in a 4-season system in its place - control head and heater box and rewired everything. The antique electronics never worked right and I haven't been able to find the parts for it. The vacuum controlled servo and transducer wern't doing what they were supposed to do either.

I'll be doing a smoke check this weekend!
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