<VV> Early ignition switch cylinder replacement.

FrankDuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Wed Mar 29 00:11:05 EDT 2017

The early ignition lock cylinder will not allow the ring to be removed 
without damaging the cylinder. SO, either remove the cylinder with a key 
and paper clip, or get out the Channellocks and force the ring past the 
cylinder lips. Of course, then you need a cylinder AND a retaining ring!

So, get a code cut key or drill out the cylinder being careful not to 
damage the retaining ring or lock assembly.

4 digit code is on a door lock, visible after removing it from the door.

Frank DuVal

On 3/28/2017 1:39 PM, Sethracer--- via VirtualVairs wrote:
> I do not have an early to test this theory on, but on a 1965, the complete
> lock assembly can be removed from the car, without removing the key
> cylinder.  (Not true on a 66-up). The outer ring comes off and the switch pushes
> through,  and you can unplug the harness. If you can do that on your early,
> take the  whole lock assembly to the locksmith and let him remove the
> cylinder. You might  have to pay a bit, but it isn't like a house call. He would
> have more luck with  keys than you.
> In a message dated 3/28/2017 8:06:57 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> virtualvairs at corvair.org writes:
> I  recently acquired an early with no key, and the ignition in the "on"
> position.  After trying every one of my collection of B-10 keys with no  luck,
> I got another cylinder with keys.  Now the problem;  How do I  remove the
> useless cylinder when I have no key to get it into the lock  position?  I'm
> thinking I may have to resort to hammer and chisel  tactics, which I hate to
> do to any  Corvair.

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