Hey folks. A couple thoughts on this old thread: 1) Yes, I agree the quality is not great on the cylinders available today
. If a locksmith has a better source *please, please* share it with us all. 2) the way to remove the cylinder when you have a key is to insert the key and turn 1/8 turn or so and wiggle while depressing the release pin in that little hole in the chromed lock casting. It pulls out toward the key. 3) the way to remove the cylinder when you do NOT have a key is to either take to a locksmith or do it yourself by drilling out the cylinder from the key slot side. The old cylinders are not real hard so any good drill bit can do it. Drill out enough of it to hollow out as deep as where the release pin comes into the body of the cylinder. Then drive the release pin into the void you've created. Do not drill through the little release pin hole...not worth damaging that part of the lock casting
. Really, it isn't hard to do yourself.
Originally Posted by mello mike
Thanks, Michael, for the warning on these new cylinders. Funny you should mention the quality of the cylinders, the locksmith I took my Bargman to said that this cylinder wasn't a good quality unit and that you can buy one that is better. I should have asked him who makes the quality unit and where they can be found. He confirmed that this style of cylinder is called a Hurd Cylinder.