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Removing ignition barrel

I need to remove the ignition barrel from the steering column - what's the best way to deal with the two cone-shape headed bolts? Not a lot of space to get a drill in there.

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Hammer and a chisel. That's how we used to do them.
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Hammer and a chisel. That's how we used to do them.
With my luck that method is bound to go horribly wrong... But it may be the only way.

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Hammer and a chisel. That's how we used to do them.
With my luck that method is bound to go horribly wrong... But it may be the only way.

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I don't recall the torque the bolts are set with, but it's not too difficult as far as I recall.. Just unplug the connector first
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Is it possible to grind a slot in the bolt head? Then it might be possible to turn them like a screw.
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I needed to remove mine a couple of years back, and yes a chisel is the best way. I got hold of the smallest cold chisel I could find (about 4"/ 10cm long) and ground it to a point on one side - it looked a bit like a birds beak. That way I could get it in at the wider part of the bolt head and punch an indent in it before changing the angle of the chisel to to act around the edge and turn the bolt. Fortunately the bolts weren't rammed in with masses of torque so were fairly easy to start moving. Once loose I could easily remove them with fingers. when they were out I sawed a slot in the heads so a screwdriver could replace them (and remove them again in future if ever needed). Good luck.
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You may be able to drill into the accessible end and hammer a torx bit into there, one you don't particularly get on with of course.
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Some good suggestions here, thanks guys. Will get onto it this weekend.

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Next time I do that, I think I'll get some old sheet to cover the trim and simply MIG weld an M8 or M10 nut on the head.
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