Yeah I'll have another look at the inside of the door. These things aren't exactly like a 67 Fairlane were one could pop off the door panel then reach right in and pull the retainer clip and yank the tumbler out
Ahh the joys RKE.....no one EVER lubed the lock cylinders on this. They are frozen solid. Can't even wiggle the key with vise grips! I've tried all the normal penetrants so and even heating the key up. They are toast.
Paul at JR Dall Ford used to be great at looking stuff up for old stuff and finding it. But they are long gone.
My one car has 30,000 on it and it's been stored mostly. It's pretty much untouched other than ford replacing the rotors under a service campaign. And me replacing the plug wires from some rodents that got hungry. Still has the original intake. I suppose I should change it.
The car I'm working on is my new daily driver. And hopefully once all the bugs and maintenance issues are handled I can mod it a little. Build a little power. Have some fun. I've alway left the first car untouched because of the low mileage.
The third ones my old driver/winter beater and while complete and running the rear sub frames about ready to fall out. So I'm trying to transfer the best parts to the new driver. Strip what's good and get it the heck out of the driveway and gone.
I have a ton of work in front of me but would enjoy meeting up with some members at some point.
I replaced the door lock cylinders on my '97 T-Bird about 5 years ago. All you have to do is remove the metal clip in the side of the door (just a little above, if I remember correctly, the door latch assembly), then with the door panel off, remove the lock rod attached to the back of the lock cylinder, and it will then pull right out of the door handle assembly.
I'm originally from Cleveland. I moved here to Phoenix at the end of April, 2012, after my dirty, filthy, cheating, adulterous whore of an ex-wife - well, never mind, LOL. That's a WHOLE 'nother thread!
I grew up in Bruns-tucky - excuse me, Brunswick. But, since 1987, I lived in N Royalton, Lakewood (I moved from Lakewood after 1 year because I was tired of my 1988 Mustang LX 5.0 getting stolen!), Strongsville, N Olmsted, and Berea, where I lived until I moved here. I love Phoenix & the desert southwest, but do miss Cleveland, at times (Dec - Mar are NOT some of those times that I miss Cleveland, LOL!).