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Old 07-29-2007, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how to replace a '71 torino ignition switch without key?

Hey guys,

I have a reader from my web site that has asked me a question Im not sure how to answer.

How can you replace an ignition switch from a '71 Torino without a key? I know with the key you can just turn it to ACC and push in the little pin hole with a pin and remove the assembly.

Any ideas?

Thanks! Mike
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Old 07-29-2007, 03:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: how to replace a '71 torino ignition switch without key?

you ever seen Terminator 2? He just rips the colum apart and turns the car on that should work.

But lets be serious I have no idea I am sure its the same on a 70 maybe you gotta pull the wheel and such but I am not 100% sure go get a key made if its the same as a door lock its only like 20$ MAX to have a key made might be the best option
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you ever seen Terminator 2? He just rips the colum apart and turns the car on that should work.

But lets be serious I have no idea I am sure its the same on a 70 maybe you gotta pull the wheel and such but I am not 100% sure go get a key made if its the same as a door lock its only like 20$ MAX to have a key made might be the best option
Haha, yeah thats how I feel about it. I want to just tell him to figure it out...OR if your going to replace it anyway stick a screwdriver in it and turn it to acc.

I dont have much info from the guy yet. But im assuming he's also missing the door keys. I just thought I'd try to see if any of you had a good answer, my 69's ignition is on the dash, so its a bit different.
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like i said take the door lock out if its the same and take it to a locksmith they can make a key quite fast
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Re: how to replace a '71 torino ignition switch without key?

I've done a couple Ford ignition tumblers without having the key. There isn't really a easy or correct way. The best I've found is to use a sharp drill and drill out the pin that you would normally push in.
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Re: how to replace a '71 torino ignition switch without key?

I have done the drill bit route before. Worked like a charm.
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Great! good enough for me. Thanks guys.
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Re: how to replace a '71 torino ignition switch without key?

Get some good needle nose pliers to pull out the broken drill bits you are going to break...

By the way... The pin being pushed in will only allow you to turn the key back past ACC if you have a key to turn the Tumblers with... IIRC that is...
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Re: how to replace a '71 torino ignition switch without key?

yeah seriously man pull the door panel and get the locks if they match the ignition *they should* just have a key made it takes like then 15 min to get a door apart and get the lock out and you dont have to break anything
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