How to change the ignition cylinder?

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD F-350
I have lost the key for my truck and I called the dealership and they said they are not able to cut a key for me because they didnt have the VIN# on file anymore blah blah. So I need to change the cylinder for the ignition. But I have heard that it would be still difficult without the key? Basicly I would just like to know what do I have to do to get the truck running again as I have long lost the key and need the truck now.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 AT 10:02 PM

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Tiny
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Removal (Without Key)
Use this procedure to remove lock cylinder if key is missing or cylinder is frozen. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove steering wheel. See appropriate STEERING COLUMNS article in STEERING. Twist cap off lock cylinder. Using 1/8" drill bit, drill out lock cylinder retaining pin.
Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill down middle of ignition lock key slot about 1 3/4" (44 mm) until lock cylinder breaks loose from break-away base of lock cylinder. Remove lock cylinder and drill shavings from lock cylinder housing.
Note position of steering column lock gear, bearing and retainer, and remove retainer, bearing and gear. Thoroughly clean all metal shavings and other foreign material from housing. Carefully inspect housing for damage. If damage is apparent, replace housing.
Installation
Coat steering column lock gear and bearing with Ignition Lock Grease FOAZ-19584-A or equivalent. Install lock gear and bearing with narrow section of keyhole in lock gear at 1 o'clock position and tab inboard at 3 o'clock position, and rotate it counterclockwise.
Install bearing retainer firmly to engage 4 retention tabs in lock housing. Install steering wheel. See appropriate STEERING COLUMNS article in STEERING. Install lock cylinder. Verify operation of lock cylinder.
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