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If my column shifter comes out of park without the key inserted, is that usually an issue with the ignition lock cylinder or a more of a bushing in the linkasomewhere?

Mine comes out of park, but fotunately won't start unless it's in park.
 

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.Comes out as in if you move it by hand? thats normal my 75 also lacks the lock which I imagine that the cars got. never been a priority to fond one that does have it to swap parts over
 

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Yep, I don't have to put the key in, but can move the selector to any of the gears.

I didn't realize that was not an issue, assumed that they all would stay in park unless the key was in it. Interesting.
 

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My '70 Road Runner with a 4 speed and '70 Duster with 4 speed and '72 Scamp with an auto and my '79 truck with an auto all lock the shifter and steering wheel.
 
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your column shifter should lock, there is a spring loaded lever that the ignition lock operates
Got it. Do you think that indicates that I need a new ignition cylinder lock, or are they just complimentary?

I'll pull it apart and have a look.
 

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No. The ignition switch is not responsible for locking your wheel, it is a separate unit. You need to pull your steering wheel off and look at what is going on in there. The lock unit is a spring loaded lever mechanism that drops down into a slot on the lock wheel on the steering shaft. See picture for the lock and lock wheel on the steering shaft.
 

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No. The ignition switch is not responsible for locking your wheel, it is a separate unit. You need to pull your steering wheel off and look at what is going on in there. The lock unit is a spring loaded lever mechanism that drops down into a slot on the lock wheel on the steering shaft. See picture for the lock wheel on the steering shaft.
Is it that little bar at the 9 o'clock position?
 

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I circled it in red in a new photo but yes, its in the 9 o'clock position in relationship to to how the column is sitting in the picture. In the truck it will be in the 12 o'clock position approximately.
 

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the way it works is it locks the steering wheel and the shifter housing [ but it's just pot metal and the stop could be broken ] if your steering wheel still locks
 

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That's true, I've seen the column break inside around the arm pin and lock area before also.
 

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I'm sure it's been said before but what year did the locks become standard? Mine has no evidence of a lock and at some point I decided that was normal in the older ones.
 

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In the cars - 1970
In the truck's - 1972 with the new body style change.

Someone may have swapped your column at one time or removed the lock mechanism as it is held in the collar area with just two screws and the ring could be removed with a little work also. All of the trucks from '72 on has the key in the column and not the dashboard and all came with a lock mechanism in them as regulated by DOT laws everywhere.
 
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Interesting. I assume thats steering and shifting? Perhaps I should look for those parts. Any reason they are a good idea besides anti theft
 

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Correct. The lock mechanism locks the steering and the shifter. Its only purpose is for anti theft, you dont need it to lock if you dont care or aren't worried about someone swiping your truck.
 

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Correct. The lock mechanism locks the steering and the shifter. Its only purpose is for anti theft, you dont need it to lock if you dont care or aren't worried about someone swiping your truck.
Awesome since I'm the only one who has hot wired and driven my truck away I'll hold off until after bodywork and finding a good way to hide a key
 
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