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I have a 72 chevelle and replaced the ignition switch. When I replaced the switch it would not go to the locked position. Is there a secret that I don't know. I did it as the book said but it will not go to locked. I bought a column at a swap meet out of a 69 chevelle that was locked but had no key. I had a locksmith make a key, but he removed the cylinder to do it and now it will not go to lock just like the one in the car. I guess there is a trick that I do not know about, because I know someone out there has replaced a lock cylinder on a chevelle and had it work. I would like any help anyone can give me.
 

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I just helped a friend here with the same problem. All that was required was to adjust the mechanism on the lower part of the column where the rod coming from the key goes. I believe the 2 screws are 1/4" or 5/16". Loosen it up and I'll bet the key will go to lock. You'll have to look up in your book how to set it with the alignment pin so you have it in adjustment.

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I just fixed my 1971 Olds 442 that has the identical column. At the inside bottom of your column is a switch that kinda wraps around the shaft. It is attached with two small hex headed screws. Loosen them the try to lock the column. If that doesn't work, maybe your transmission lever is out of whack. It attaches to the column under the hood right before the column disappears through the firewall. There will be a large round steel bar that runs down to the tranny. When you put the trans in park, that bar lifts a cog in the column and permits the removal of the key. It also prevents anyone from shifting your tranny into gear without the key being on.

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