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What wears with the key, the cylinder?


For a 1969 with the key in the column:

Normally by the time these cars are 50 years old (or even a lot less) the ignition key can be removed while ON and you have to jiggle the key to cancel the door buzzer, all of that.  Is that the ignition cylinder, or what's actually wearing in?

I can put a new lock cylinder in, they're available.  But I assume I'd have to have it rekeyed to my key, is that correct?

So I'd buy a cylinder, take it and my key to a locksmith and he'd key it, and then I can replace the one in my column and it'll feel new and crisp... am I skipping any steps?

 



-- Edited by davepl on Monday 12th of March 2018 10:34:20 AM

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If the original locks still work I just have original GM key blanks cut. If the locks are not matched or worn out (usually the ignition switch goes first) then I like the highend repro kit that Ames sells (I think originally done by PY), it includes the ignition and door lock set with GM keys. They work and look great and you don't to have to live with mixmatched keys between doors and column.

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13 1969 American Pontiacs

and a 1969 Canadian 2+2



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The pins.



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I don't know about key in column assemblies but on my 68 a new ignition switch combined with my original lock cylinder fixed the key alarm problem. Certainly I'd say the pins in the lock are worn if you're able to pull the key out while it's turned on.



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