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cynot65
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posted 01-28-2002 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As you guys know there are many "projects" going on simultaneously while under a complete resto. Here's a problem I have with the ignition switch. How the @%*% do you remove the ignition switch without the key? The guy couldn't find it. Also, while we're here. I'm having trouble getting the dash harness connection off from the back of the switch. Any suggestions?
Tony C*
P.S. There are other queries coming

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RonnieT
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posted 01-28-2002 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieT   Click Here to Email RonnieT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tony,

The only way I can think of is take it to a locksmith and see if he can get it out. Otherwise replace the switch, which might be the cheaper way out.

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pony boy
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posted 01-29-2002 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pony boy   Click Here to Email pony boy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey an easy method I used once,Was to screw a dent puller into the key hole and give it a couple of slaps (I watched gone in sixty seconds one too many times).You will probably ruin the ignition switch,which I'm sure you're replacing anyway,You might damage the bezel as well.Once the key portion is out the rest is cake.Oh yea to get the harness off of the back.You have to undo a small nut.Good luck.

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The Iceman
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From: Shelton, CT
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posted 01-29-2002 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
pull your guage cluster out from the dash (if you havent already done so)
unscrew the nut holding the wires to the ignition module
and since you dont have a key, basically just try to pop it out with a chisel and hammer (at least thats what Id do haha)

at $9, its stupidly easy to change the ignition switch --- mine broke apart in the dash randomly and after three hours of trying to put it back together WHILE IT WAS IN THE DASH (its impossible to fix whether its in or out of the dash, silly me haha ), i decided to buy a new one

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cynot65
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posted 01-30-2002 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes I am replacing the switch so I guess the best thing to do is get out the and have a go at it. It's sometimes is fun to take something off the car without haveing to worry about "saving" it. It'll be out today. While I'm there though I also have to remove the lights and the wiper knobs (convertible top button is out already) I've been under that dash already (no easy task for someone who's 6'2") and I can't seem to find where to start in taking those 2 switches out. Any suggestions?
Tony C*

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cynot65
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posted 01-30-2002 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes I am replacing the switch so I guess the best thing to do is get out the and have a go at it. I found that little bast**rd of a screw and was able to remove it and the harness from the dash. As far as that switch, it's sometimes is fun to take something off the car without haveing to worry about "saving" it. It'll be out today. While I'm there though I also have to remove the lights and the wiper knobs (convertible top button is out already) I've been under that dash already (no easy task for someone who's 6'2") and I can't seem to find where to start in taking those 2 switches out. Any suggestions?
Tony C*

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cynot65
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posted 01-30-2002 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry about the double post and I solved the problem by buying a manual by Hayne's called "1964 1/2 to 1973 Mustang" They should call it "Mustangs for Dummies" I recommend it to everyone.
Tony C*

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