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Old 01-06-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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'70s door lock cylinder replacement

My cylinders on my 71 and 73 are getting balky. Before I really get myself locked out what is involved in just replacing the cylinder/ tumbler part and not the whole lock? Are these parts still available? Are the an item a locksmith is likely to have or a specialized Airstream parts dealer item?
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I was able to order the lock cylindar from Oasis RV in AZ. I think it was about $25.
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Just had mine replaced, $2.85 for a cylinder.

Any locksmith supply
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I did my own, and I knew nothing about locks, just took it apart and replaced the broken part.
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Is replacement, then fairly, striaghtforward?
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Is replacement, then fairly, striaghtforward?
Different locks use different cylinders.

The KT lock used from 1970 to 1977 uses a special KT lock cylinder or tumbler.

Those are no longer available from Airstream.

We purchased another type and had them machined to fit those locks.

Airstream does have a cylinder for the current KT lock that has a modified tumbler opening.

The current KT lock base will not accept an older tumbler, and Airstream's new tumbler will not fit the old lock base.

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Thanks for the clarification Andy.
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Is replacement, then fairly, striaghtforward?
Yes, unscrew the whole handle/latch assembly from the inside and remove it through the front as one piece. It's been a while since I had mine out but I seem to remember that the cylinder has a clip on the back, then it's a simple matter of pulling the cylinder out for replacement.

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Yes, unscrew the whole handle/latch assembly from the inside and remove it through the front as one piece. It's been a while since I had mine out but I seem to remember that the cylinder has a clip on the back, then it's a simple matter of pulling the cylinder out for replacement.

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Steve,

Your doing it the hard way, which takes time away from the cool one.

The simple way to remove the old tumbler, is to take a 1 inch # 8 sheet metal screw and run it into the tumbler about half way.

Then take a small thin board and place it next to the old tumbler.

Take a "claw hammer", grab the head of the screw and pull. Bingo, out comes the tumbler.

The back of the old tumbler breaks off and falls down into the door. So, who cares.

Then simply squeeze the "C" clip on the new tumbler and insert it into the hole.

Next. Have a beer. Job well done.

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Here's the lock diagram if it helps.

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NICE Diagram!

I gave up, my lock assembly is in good shape, just lost faith it would stay locked/closed while traveling. Installed a dead bolt
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We are looking to purchase front door/ lock kit. Would the back fiberglass/plastic tail light assembly with lights still be around? We are also looking to find the base trim around the exterior bottom. Thanks! Trying to restore the 74 Argosy we just purchased.
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I might have the taillight. Email me and I will look in my "parts".
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We are looking to purchase front door/ lock kit. Would the back fiberglass/plastic tail light assembly with lights still be around? We are also looking to find the base trim around the exterior bottom. Thanks! Trying to restore the 74 Argosy we just purchased.
That tail light bezel has not been available for many years.

The bottom molding, called rub rail, is available, as well as the inserts.

The door lock must be a "motorhome" type lock.
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