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'69 chevelle, floor shift/manual

ignition keeps falling out, bought new, still won't hold. inside of housing seems to be worn/stripped.

Year One has pnew steering column lock housing for about $90.00.

Has anyone ever tried to replace just this piece? Any good or bad experiences to report?

I know an alternative is replace entire column, but that seems like overkill, but may be simpler in long run.....

Any ideas? Thanks,
 

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The job is really not that difficult, if you've been there before. You can get yourself in trouble if you haven't. Should be about a 2 hour job at your dealer - well worth it!
 

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I posted this answer elsewhere on this board buy I think that this applies to you as well so I will post it again:
The best advice that I can give you, short of telling you to have it rebuilt by some steering column specialist, is to get yourself a copy of the factory service manual and look at what you're in store for before you unbolt anything.
It has all of the repair proceedures for the steering column laid out in it as well as lots of pictures and diagrams.
The manuals are specific to each model year and can be found at most all the restoration suppliers or on eBay.
It's really not all that difficult to do, but there is a definate order in which to dis-assemle and re-assemble everything.
If you decide to jump in and tackle it yourself then I'm sure that we can help get you through it.
That's one of the benifits of this group.
Good luck!

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I jumped in with both feet on a tilt column and it took a while(4 to 5 hrs) but I finally got it all back together correctly.
I had to because I was visiting my parents and the gear that pulls the rod that goes to the actual switch sheared its teeth and I could not start my car and it was the Christmas Eve.
If you get an assembly manual that has a steering coulmn explosed view and put the parts in order as you disassemble it. It may look overwhelming but if you have good mechanical skills you should be able to do it.

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