Removing the Dash Mounted Ignition Switch -1975 CJ-5 -
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post #1 of 5 Old 07-19-2014, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Removing the Dash Mounted Ignition Switch -1975 CJ-5

I recently purchased a 1975 CJ-5 that only has 58K miles,but has spent its life as a farm jeep. The engine runs fine and the running gear is in okay shape. However, there are numerous little issues with this Jeep. The biggest issue is the ignition switch is mounted in the dash and turns in the dash. I am looking to remove the key switch to figure out how to keep it from turning when I try to start the Jeep. There is a collar that reads Starter on the dash side of the keyswitch and a large spring on the firewall side that seems to be designed to hold the switch in place. How do I remove the switch to fabricate something to keep the switch from turning. I tried the compress the spring and turn the collar Counter-Clockwise method suggested in a post after a google search. Any Ideas?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-20-2014, 10:32 PM
O.k., one more.
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This is what you should have. You can see the detent behind the spring. Looks like you had the right idea. Compress the switch from the back toward the dash and turn the collar on the outside counter-clockwise. Should work.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 04:27 AM
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Press harder. I replaced mine, and its seems my original would turn some when cranking. The replacement holds firmly. The problem is probably 39 years of setting and growing a little rust since its hard to compress, yet the spring is weaker causing the turning. I found a replacement just like original on eBay. These are Briggs Stratton switches.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thank You Both, now that I can see how it is assembled it looks pretty easy change.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 06:05 PM
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I had to replace the switch on my '74 because it did not have the bezel to hold it in the dash. Didn't need the switch but was the only way to get the bezel. Now I have a spare. Napa had it for around $25. ECH KS6599 was the part number I believe
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