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How do you change an ignition switch on a 1974 corvette steering column ?

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1. Disconnect Battery
2.Remove steering wheel 1 Clip then a size 13/16th Socket Clocked USE STEERING WHEEL PULLER FOR STEERING WHEEL 3. Use Steering Wheel LOCK RING Press Tool to remove it and its HOLD DOWN CLIP Horn Button & Spring will Come with it
4. Go to Lower Portion if Steering Collun and Disconnect and remove the BLACK Connecter that is Affixed to the Steer Collum
5..Back to the TOP Remove the 3 Screws that Hold the Turn Sygnal Assembly Down
6.Remove the Screw in the Center of the Hazaard Button
7. Remove the 1 Screw Holding Down the Turn Sygnal Lever
8.Now Carfully Pull the Entire Assembly OUT of the Center so as for it to be Out of your Way
9. Look CLOSLY at the Ignition Lock Cylinder Area and Locate Chromed Looking Button
10.. Push this Button While Slightly Pulling on the Ignition Key Lock and Remove Lock. NOTE If Lock seems th NOT want to come out you will need to Insert the IGNITION Key, But I Believe this 1972 Does Not Require the KEY

INSTALATION IS REVERSE PROCEDURE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON DETAIL. THIS SHOULDTAKE 2 HOURS
This is Off the Cuff as Most references DO NOT go Back to 1972 And I have Conducted this Procedure Literaly Hundreds of times

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  1. Remove the steering wheel, then remove the steering column covers.
  2. Remove the turn signal and wiper switches.
  3. Disconnect the ignition switch wiring.
  4. On some models, the hole in the lock body for removing the ignition lock cylinder was not drilled by Volkswagen. To make the hole, use the following measurements in conjunction with the illustrations. Drill the hole where "a" and "b" intersect on the lock body. The hole should be drilled 0.19 in. (3mm) deep.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Lock cylinder drill point on 1974-77 Dasher


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Fig. Fig. 2: Lock cylinder drill point on other models

  1. Remove the lock cylinder by pushing a small drill bit or piece of wire into the hole and pulling the cylinder out. It might be easier to insert the ignition key, turn it to the right a little and pull on it.

To install:
  1. Insert the lock cylinder into the housing with the key in the cylinder.
  2. While gently turning the key side-to-side, press the cylinder in to the stop. It should click into place.
  3. Temporarily fit the steering wheel onto the splines, then make sure the column locks and unlocks smoothly.
  4. Install the switches, column covers, wiring and the steering wheel.
  5. Connect the battery cable.

Let me know if you need anything else

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Ignition Lock Cylinder REMOVAL & INSTALLATION NOTE: On 1974-76 models, equipped with A.C.R.S. perform the special procedure for removing the air cushion module from the steering wheel if necessary, prior to removing the lock cylinder. Standard Steering Column
  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2. Remove the lockplate cover assembly.
  3. After compressing the lockplate spring, remove the snapring from the groove in the shaft. CAUTION
    When the snapring is removed do not allow the shaft to slide out the bottom of the column.
  4. Remove the lockplate, then slide the turn signal cam and the upper bearing preload spring off the upper steering shaft.
  5. Remove the thrust washer from the shaft.
  6. Remove the hazard warning switch from the column along with the turn signal lever.
  7. Use the following procedure if the car is equipped with cruise control.
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  9. Slide the switch connector out of the bracket on the steering column.
  10. After freeing the switch wiring protector from its mounting, pull the turn signal switch straight up and remove the switch, switch harness and the connector from the column.
  11. Turn the ignition switch to ON or RUN, then insert a small drift pin into the slot next to the switch mounting screw boss. Push the lock cylinder tab and remove the lock cylinder.
  12. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Fig. 1: Ignition lock removal - standard column 85878054.gif
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  4. Using a spring compressor, depress the upper steering shaft spring and remove the C-ring. Release the steering shaft lockplate, the horn contact carrier, and the upper steering shaft preload spring.
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Section 11-05: Steering Column Switches 1994 Town Car, Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis. Workshop Manual
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  1. Remove lower steering column shroud.
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