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Removing Lock Barrel from steering Column Lock

PostPost by: Bodmin » Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:00 pm

Does anyone know how to remove the lock barrel from a Sprint steering column lock?

I have the key, but can’t see an easy way of removing the lock barrel.

The lock barrel is well worn, hence my desire to replace with a new one. That being said I can see distinct advantages of replacing it with a dash mounted ignition switch.

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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Jun 28, 2022 8:03 pm

Is there a circlip holding the barrel in its tube?
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PostPost by: Bodmin » Tue Jun 28, 2022 8:15 pm

billwill wrote:Is there a circlip holding the barrel in its tube?


Not that I can see.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:05 pm

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I have 2 spare Waso ignition locks, 1 without a key & 1 with a key & would like to know how to dis-assemble myself so I can clean the lock / re-key them.

I suspect that the 2 roll pins circled below are involved somehow:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:19 pm

Bodmin wrote:The lock barrel is well worn, hence my desire to replace with a new one. That being said I can see distinct advantages of replacing it with a dash mounted ignition switch.


Like what? You would lose the steering column lock...
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PostPost by: Bodmin » Tue Jun 28, 2022 10:47 pm

pharriso wrote:
Bodmin wrote:The lock barrel is well worn, hence my desire to replace with a new one. That being said I can see distinct advantages of replacing it with a dash mounted ignition switch.


Like what? You would lose the steering column lock...


I would wire a conventional switch on the dash as per S4. Never liked fumbling around with the steering column lock. That being said I could re-install the mechanical parts of the steering column lock to give the option of locking the steering.

However..I believe more steering column in/out adjustment is available if there is no requirement to engage the lock into the upper column. Another benefit would be less clutter making it easier to access various items in that area behind the dash.
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:42 am

Does anyone know which car the steering lock was originally made for.

Searching internet forums for that car might be useful.
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PostPost by: Bodmin » Wed Jun 29, 2022 12:09 pm

billwill wrote:Does anyone know which car the steering lock was originally made for.

Searching internet forums for that car might be useful.


Good idea, but I haven’t uncovered the mystery yet! No idea which car it was manufactured for. No success on the Triumph forums either.
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Jun 29, 2022 12:40 pm

I have just had a search too without luck. Triumph TR6 later version seems the likeliest candidate.

I found that a lot of steering locks are made by NIEMAN, but did not locate one that looks like your picture.
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Jun 29, 2022 12:47 pm

If the roll pins shown in one of the postings above are evident (or a little hole in those kind of locations) try pressing both simultaneously with a pointed object with the key in the lock, rotate the key to see if there is a point at which the pins depress. If that happens pull the lock barrel out through the front ?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:04 pm

billwill wrote:Does anyone know which car the steering lock was originally made for.

Searching internet forums for that car might be useful.


Also used on E-Type Series III, there's a bit of info here - https://www.google.com/search?q=waso+ignition+lock+site%3Aforums.jag-lovers.com&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS953US953&oq=waso&aqs=chrome.1.69i59l2j46i131i433i512j0i131i433i512j0i512j69i60j69i61j69i60.5060j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

But no cigar :roll:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:09 pm

billwill wrote:I found that a lot of steering locks are made by NIEMAN, but did not locate one that looks like your picture.

This lock was made by WASO
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PostPost by: Bodmin » Wed Jun 29, 2022 2:56 pm

Some success to report.

I used a rotary wire wheel to remove the paint around the two small holes which revealed it is indeed two tiny roll pins that we’re dealing with. Obviously they’re not designed to be pulled out, so on that basis I pushed them in a few mm using a 1.5mm punch. This allowed the gubbins to be released.

I haven’t gone further yet, but at least I’m back into more familiar territory.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:39 pm

Awesome! Well done that man!

I was about to try drilling them out, pushing them in further is much easier :D

Will try to reproduce your success a little later.
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PostPost by: Bodmin » Fri Jul 01, 2022 5:15 pm

Just as a small reminder to anyone embarking on this project (myself included), there is a very small pin which falls out while removing the barrel.

I only discovered it after the event laying on the workbench. The pin is approx 1.5mm dia x 5 mm long. It is a pivot for the lever which controls the locking shaft.

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