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6/19/12 12:56pm - Original Message: ''75 steering lock'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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 The '75 uses an odd system to lock the steering on the manual trans model. You must depress the clutch and shift into reverse before the ign. key can complete it's final phase and be removed from the column. Mine is not on the road yet but I've been moving it around to free up space in the driveway and one day it just refused to give up the key. It doesn't feel as though the shift movement into reverse is complete. I've had a glance around but don't understand the way it operates yet. Any education would be appreciated folks.

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6/19/12 1:21pm - Reply: 'Re: '75 steering lock'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Same as an auto trans, there is a cable that attaches to the reverse shift lever on the trans. That cable runs up to a bracket on the steering column, below the brake booster. Your cable may be binding, or kinked, or have some other reason it is not allowing the shift lever to move the way it should. You can disconnect the cable from under the hood for now, if ya want, and then manually move the lever it is attached to on the column UP, and tie it there. That way, you can at least get the key out. The cable is held on by a small clip. Just remove the clip, slide the end of the cable off of the lock lever, and there ya go.
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6/19/12 3:25pm - Reply: 'Re: '75 steering lock'
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Equinunk, PA - USA

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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

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Thumbs Up Not to worry, easy fix. Under the dash, inside the car, beside the steering column is a bracket with elongated holes. Loosen the two bolts that hold it, rotate the bracket slightly eather way, which moves the cable end, which alignes the tab to allow the tab to coincide with the key way. Move the bracket enough so when you turn the key it will engage and allow release. OR just move the shifter in and out of park a couple times, it may allow you to remove the key. In the end it may need the adjustment I outlined above.  Sounds like a long ordeal, but really quite simple.  

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