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I went to this h/w-shop to get a copy of the last remaining ignition key of my '72 elky. This fool behind the desk managed it to break my original and I got stuck for two hours in front of the shop. Now I can't remove the lock cylinder because I can't turn the key to run position as it says in the repair manual. Any hint to get it out?
 

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It might be easier to do open heart surgery over the phone: I will assume that you already have removed the steering pad, the steering wheel, the lock plate ring, the plate, the turn signal lever, the turn signal switch ( just lightly pull it towards you and move it out of the way), and the key buzzer assembly. I strongly suggest you have a new cylinder on hand for the following purpose: You will need to punch a thin slot into the upper steering bowl with a thin screwdriver. You will know approx where to do this by looking at the new cylinder and making a measurement.After making the slot, you now have access to the retainer that is holding your cylinder hostage. Push the retainer into the cylinder and pull the cylinder out by hand. If you pry on the cylinder, the bezel will meet the floor! You will feel like James Bond when you get the cylinder out and totally amaze your family and friends as you have clearly been to the dark side. Have fun! PS. There is a special tool for taking the tension off the lock plate, but it can be done without, although not easily...Buy the tool.
 
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