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Gearhead

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posted 07-25-2005 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 70 Maverick with no keys and a new lock to install but cannot figure out how to remove the old lock.

It is a late 70, it has the 250 six.

John

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posted 07-25-2005 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never taken one out but you must have to take the steering wheel off and go in that way to reliese it from that way? Mine is on the dash so its easy for me!

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posted 07-26-2005 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The steering wheel is off and the module that contains the lock is off. I can't see what releases the lock.

John

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posted 07-28-2005 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you have to put the key in it and there might be a reliese pin or a clip of some type? I am just guessing at this one.

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posted 07-29-2005 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the lock cylinder is on the column, there should be a small hole at 6 o'clock under the lock cylinder. Poke a fine rod up there and the lock cylinder will release.

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posted 08-01-2005 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took the collar that contains the lock off the steering column. I looked carefully and there is no hole under the lock cylinder.

I am taking the lock and a key blank to a locksmith. I give up.

Thanks for all the replies.

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posted 08-02-2005 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who may have this same problem, there is a small pin in a hole under the steering wheel that must be depressed allowing the lock to be removed. The steering wheel must be removed to get at this hole. The kicker is that the pin will not depress unless the key is turned to the on position.

Of course if you don't have a key or the lock is somehow jammed you cannot remove the lock.

The question is why you would want to remove the lock if everything was working.

Some engineer was really on the ball the day that system was designed.

John

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posted 08-02-2005 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieT   Click Here to Email RonnieT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John,

It is designed that way to keep someone from pulling the steering wheel and quickly replacing the lock cylinder with one that they the keys to and then driving away with your car.

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posted 08-03-2005 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A thief will just use a slide hammer and pop the lock. He doesn't care if it damages something. They have the car srarted in about two minutes and drive away without any keys.

The engineers were not thinking about some idiot like me trying to fix a 35 year old car, it was supposed to go to the crusher years ago.

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posted 08-04-2005 02:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JC Do you feel any better now that you have vented?

I guess my guesses where not to far off?

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posted 08-04-2005 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 69maverick:
JC Do you feel any better now that you have vented?

I guess my guesses where not to far off?


That wasn't a vent, that was just commentary. A vent is much worse but usually not written down.

Your guess was right on the money, I kept hoping you were wrong.

Now I can move on to the next area of concern which is renovation of the rocker panel just behind the wheel opening on the driver side.

I am going to use a new power tool (always a great thing) and try to pull out the sheet metal that was punched in in a wreck.

I have a stud welder I bought from Eastwood and have been dying to try it all the while I was struggling to get my garage built.

John

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