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    Default Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    I picked up a nice Tilt Column for my new to me 72 Skylark. It was removed from a 71 Skylark and I would like to swap Ignition Lock Cylinders from my 72 into the 71 Tilt Column after I get it color matched by a buddy at a Local Body Shop. I really can't remember how to remove the Cylinder and thought I would ask before I break something I thought you just pushed on a tab inside the column or used a Paper Clip or something and push on a tab and turn the Cylinder right out. Can someone please help and point me in the right direction here?

    Thanks
    Dom
    Dom

    1969 GS 400~57k Original Miles, non matching #'s
    PS, PB, AM/FM, A/C, Tilt, Buckets, Console, Floor Shift
    455, B4B, 411:1 Posi, 400 Turbo w/3200 Convertor
    Owned since 1987

    1971 Buick GS 455
    N25, A/C, Tilt, PS, PB, AM/FM "Stereo" Radio
    Stratomist Blue
    Stage One tribute
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    This might help.
    Larry
    1998 "Fully Optioned" SC3800 Riviera
    70 GS 455 Stage1, TSP 470, 602 HP@ 5900, 589 TQ @ 4900
    TA Hyd Roller Cam, 230*/238*, 112, .544"/.577" lift, 4-7 swap
    MSD Digital 6+, Ignitionman Distributor w/MSD trigger
    1967 BT Switchpitch ST-400, Gear Vendors OD
    with TSP 3200/1800 converter
    AED 1000 HO Carb, 800 CFM 7042240 Quadrajet
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    Best E.T. 11.54@ 115.00. Best MPH, 11.58@ 115.89
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    key must also be in the "run" position

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    Thanks for your help guys. I was hoping the Lock Plate and Turn Signal switch could stay intact. It looks like all that stuff has to be removed first though
    Last edited by ACLazer; 11-11-2006 at 10:18 PM.
    Dom

    1969 GS 400~57k Original Miles, non matching #'s
    PS, PB, AM/FM, A/C, Tilt, Buckets, Console, Floor Shift
    455, B4B, 411:1 Posi, 400 Turbo w/3200 Convertor
    Owned since 1987

    1971 Buick GS 455
    N25, A/C, Tilt, PS, PB, AM/FM "Stereo" Radio
    Stratomist Blue
    Stage One tribute
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    2008 Ford Edge Limited (daily driver purchased new 07)
    1997 Crownline 268 Cruiser (purchased new 96)
    1999 F250 Super Duty SC V-10 Boat Hauler (purchased new 99)

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    Got it, thanks guys. Buddy at my Local Body Shop matched the dark brown almost perfectly, Satin Finish and all. Just need to find a nice dark brown Sport Steering Wheel now and I'm all set, but I will use the old original wheel on the new Tilt until I find one.
    Dom

    1969 GS 400~57k Original Miles, non matching #'s
    PS, PB, AM/FM, A/C, Tilt, Buckets, Console, Floor Shift
    455, B4B, 411:1 Posi, 400 Turbo w/3200 Convertor
    Owned since 1987

    1971 Buick GS 455
    N25, A/C, Tilt, PS, PB, AM/FM "Stereo" Radio
    Stratomist Blue
    Stage One tribute
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    2008 Ford Edge Limited (daily driver purchased new 07)
    1997 Crownline 268 Cruiser (purchased new 96)
    1999 F250 Super Duty SC V-10 Boat Hauler (purchased new 99)

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    Default help!

    Im replacing the ignition lock cylinder on my 1970 skylark, I can seem to figure it out, I removed everything now there is a small silver strip and i see a gold strip on the bottom of it, this is where im supposed to be right? my question is what do i do to that silver strip? push it in, pull it out, push it to the bottom or what?? do i need to do anything to lock on the outside where the key goes in?? hope someone can help me im doing this right now..

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    Push in on that silver strip (tab) while turning the Lock Cylinder with the key and turn it to the start position and pull out on the Ignition Lock Cylinder

    Good Luck
    Dom
    Dom

    1969 GS 400~57k Original Miles, non matching #'s
    PS, PB, AM/FM, A/C, Tilt, Buckets, Console, Floor Shift
    455, B4B, 411:1 Posi, 400 Turbo w/3200 Convertor
    Owned since 1987

    1971 Buick GS 455
    N25, A/C, Tilt, PS, PB, AM/FM "Stereo" Radio
    Stratomist Blue
    Stage One tribute
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    2008 Ford Edge Limited (daily driver purchased new 07)
    1997 Crownline 268 Cruiser (purchased new 96)
    1999 F250 Super Duty SC V-10 Boat Hauler (purchased new 99)

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    Use a small screwdriver to clear the casting flash which is typical which blocks your view of the key cylinder "tang"

    Just depress the tang gently with the small screwdriver and pull with your left hand. It will slide right out. Does not have to be in any position. Illustration shown here is correct.
    George Nenadovich
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    ahhh man, i give up for the day, i still cant figure it out, whats the casting flash?? what am i supposed to pull out? the thin little metal strip above the gold one?

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    You use a small screwdriver instead of the metal stip as shown in the drawing. See this article which should help you:

    http://www.buickperformance.com/tilt...lumnwobble.htm
    George Nenadovich
    Buick Performance Club Founder
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    yes i know use a screwdriver, but what am i supposed to pull out/the small metal strip?

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    Reread my sentence

    "use a small screwdriver INSTEAD of the metal strip"

    Depress the key cylinder "tang" with the screwdriver and then pull out the cylinder. Read the article!
    George Nenadovich
    Buick Performance Club Founder
    www.BuickPerformanceClub.com

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    When you have everything removed like in the service manual pic above, you will see a vertical "slot" about 1/2" tall and maybe 1/8" wide. If the switch has never been replaced, it probbaly will have a thin "floor" at the bottom of that slot. You need to break through that floor with your screwdriver, and then your screwdriver will depress a tab in the side of the lock cylinder that will let it pull out of the column. In the pic above, the "small steel strip" is being pushed into the slot where you will use your little screwdriver.

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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    Hey everyone,

    I see this thread has been dead for quite a while now but I've got a problem involving the ignition switch.
    The ignition switch in my '70 skylark 350 will sometimes not turn back to the off position.
    It starts fine without any problems and drives fine but when I want to shut her down, the entire switch is stuck in the "contact/run" position.
    Sometimes it does this and most of the times I can just turn the key and she will shut down but it is really anoying if you're standing there unable to shut your car down
    Hope you will be able to tell me how I can get the switch out of the steering column to inspect it (it is a automatic so the transmission lever is also there)

    Thanks,

    Bardo

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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    You can remove the key cylinder and turn the key tang inside the column...if it does not retract to "off"...your ignition switch on top of the column below the speedo needs to be replaced...otherwise bad key cylinder.
    George Nenadovich
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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    I recently replaced my Ign lock cylinder on my 72 Riv and after installing it i relized (i believe its call a) "key rack" was stripped now i am tasked with finding one to replace it with checked ebay and a couple of "u pull it" yards around here with no luck anyone have any idea on other makes and models that might be compatable so i may widen my treasure hunt?

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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    I assume your Riv has a tilt column...if so I have 20 of the racks...email
    me direct

    GStage1@BuickPerformanceClub.com
    George Nenadovich
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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by LARRY70GS View Post
    This might help.
    was there a diagram or article attached to this thread at one time? I'm not finding it or the link (maybe I'm blind!)

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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by tmd171 View Post
    was there a diagram or article attached to this thread at one time? I'm not finding it or the link (maybe I'm blind!)
    Yes, this thread is 8 years old. In that time, George's site went from wwwbuickperformance.com to www.buickperformanceclub.com. In any case, this article on George's site is very helpful if you plan on working on your steering column.

    http://www.buickperformanceclub.com/...lumnwobble.htm
    Larry
    1998 "Fully Optioned" SC3800 Riviera
    70 GS 455 Stage1, TSP 470, 602 HP@ 5900, 589 TQ @ 4900
    TA Hyd Roller Cam, 230*/238*, 112, .544"/.577" lift, 4-7 swap
    MSD Digital 6+, Ignitionman Distributor w/MSD trigger
    1967 BT Switchpitch ST-400, Gear Vendors OD
    with TSP 3200/1800 converter
    AED 1000 HO Carb, 800 CFM 7042240 Quadrajet
    8.5 10 bolt, 3.73's
    Best E.T. 11.54@ 115.00. Best MPH, 11.58@ 115.89
    Larrymta@verizon.net, GSCA #291
    BPG # 1063
    N.E. GS/GN Club Assistant Director

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    Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder removal 72 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by LARRY70GS View Post
    Yes, this thread is 8 years old. In that time, George's site went from wwwbuickperformance.com to www.buickperformanceclub.com. In any case, this article on George's site is very helpful if you plan on working on your steering column.

    http://www.buickperformanceclub.com/...lumnwobble.htm
    Just what I was looking for, thanks!
    Tom

 

 

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