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#1 Cook

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:20 AM

Hi all.  I need to replace the ignition barrel in the WB as the key has snapped off inside.  I've read up on it and the only question I have at present (knowing me there will be more) is what position do I need to have the key/barrel in before I remove the barrel.  Some say "accessories" and some say "on" but without defining exactly which model they are referring to.  I believe up to late HZ the barrel was the same, then changed to a black, single ear at the key, which is obviously what I have.

 

Also (second question already) any tips etc would be appreciated. Cheers Ron



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:49 AM

Yes, all Holdens, Torana & Commodores from 2/78 onwards had the black single-ear ignition barrel.

 

Also AFAIK, it has to be in the ON position before the little keeper can be depressed.

 

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

Thanks for that DR Terry.  Cheers Ron



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:57 AM

I did this a fortnight ago.
On mine the keeper that needs to be depressed for lock removal was hidden to the left of the access slot.
A bit of stiff wire, hammered flat on the end and bent 60 degrees will get in behind and do the job.
Check the condition of the plastic sector gear while its all apart.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:08 AM

Thanks for the heads up arrimar.  The car's currently at the trimmers (he was the one that busted the key in the ignition), so when I get it home and get the steering wheel off I'll have a better understanding.  Cheers Ron



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:46 AM

Thanks Gents, all done, all good. Sector gear looked ok so will leave for now.  Had to remember to turn the new barrel to on position before I tried to insert it (nearly didn't).  Cheers Ron






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