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Thread: how do you remove ignition key tumbler on a 1963 Chevy truck?

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    how do you remove ignition key tumbler on a 1963 Chevy truck?

    I am changing the ignition switch on a 1963 Chevy truck. I can't get the key tumbler out of the old switch. I know there is a small round hole there that you stick a wire or something in to get the tumbler to come out. I'm sure it's pretty simple if you know the trick to it.

    Does the key have to be in any certain position, off, on or start? Is it best to use a drill bit or wire? Does the drill bit or wire have to be smaller than the largest size that will fit in that hole so it can be worked to the side? Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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    Not sure about way back when, but in my 97, the key needs to be in the on position. Shove something sturdy and skinny in the hole, and wiggle the tumbler out. It might take a couple tries depending.

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    the little hole is for a paper clip

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    Quote Originally Posted by wild bill View Post
    the little hole is for a paper clip
    Or a toothpick and get a bigger hammer that will take it out. I'm being silly good luck on removing the key.
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    I got it out using a paper clip. Thank You to all who replied.

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    Good deal 88fivespd - how far was the key turned to remove cylinder ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crabtruck View Post
    Good deal 88fivespd - how far was the key turned to remove cylinder ?
    I'm not sure, I was playing with it and the tumbler came out. The switch that was in there was from NAPA and was different from the original equipment switch. I think the NAPA switch was in the ON position when the hole in the tumbler lines up to release it. I still had the original switch, that I replaced about 15 years ago, laying on the dash of the truck. Hard to believe but true. I found the problem not to be the switch when I replaced it before, so I thought I could put the original switch back in but it no longer springs back from the start position, so I will be calling around tomorrow trying to find a switch to order. FWIW the hole in the original key tumbler which I just removed lines up with the release pin in the original switch in the OFF position.

    The reason I am replacing the NAPA switch is because it would engage the starter when shutting the engine off. When turning the engine off the starter would engage when the switch was turned about halfway off to OFF. If you quickly turned the key to ACC no problem as long as you knew how to operate it. NO the starter would not operate if you just turned the switch ON without the engine running and then turned it to OFF. The original switch had no ACC position. I hope replacing the switch solves the problem.

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    Off topic but you should post pics of the 63!
    "Why is it that when you drop a tool while working on your truck, there is always a drain pan full of oil to catch it for you?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by semocoachworks View Post
    Off topic but you should post pics of the 63!
    I second that let us see that bad boy.
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    It's a C60(2ton) with a 14 foot wood grain box, not a show pickup truck. Besides that I haven't figured out how to post pictures. Thanks for your intrest.

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