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Old 06-19-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Need 1982 Winnebago Ignition switch

I am a new owner of a 1982 27 foot Winnebago Chieftain. When I bought it I had to use a screwdriver to start it because the key-lock cylinder was removed. The issue is that the switch rotates in the dash so you have to hold it to rotate the switch to start it. I am thinking it needs a new switch but have no idea where to start looking It is a Chevy chassis with a 454, Because of it's age I am thinking this wont be so easy, so if anyone can help point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 06-20-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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Does it look something like this : AutoZone.com | | Ignition Switch | IGNITION STARTER SWITCH

You should be able to find that switch at just about any aftermarket parts store.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:01 PM   #3
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Newbies helping newbies, I love it!! Welcome to both of you.

The 82 Chief is on a GM P30 chassis IIRC, probably an 81 chassis. The P30 designation might help the Chevy parts guy find you the switch. I'd number all the wires/spades w/tape then take the old one along to the parts place.
As an alternative, try googling 'RV salvage' and follow the links.
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Thanks! I've been a lurker for a long time, just never got around to registering until lately.
Anyway, glad I could help!
As I remember, those dash switches where all pretty generic, I'd say the part number will most likely be the same for the C,K,G and P series. Good luck!
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Thank You I will pull the switch and check it and try to resolve why the switch rotates in the dash, since the original switch works just cant get the keylock cylinder back in so the screwdriver is the only option right now and I want to fix it. At least I have a starting point now Thanks All
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thank You I will pull the switch and check it and try to resolve why the switch rotates in the dash, since the original switch works just cant get the keylock cylinder back in so the screwdriver is the only option right now and I want to fix it. At least I have a starting point now Thanks All
Please disconnect the battery before removing the switch, Lotsa hot wires to contend with.....
A good to great locksmith should be able to repair the switch.

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Old 06-22-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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You'll see why the whole switch turns in the dash when you take it out, there is a nut on the front and back side of the dash that holds it in place, I have had to tighten mine up before. Disconnecting the battery is also very good advice.
There should just be one big electrical plug that goes on the back of the switch. It's not a hard fix to replace, just usually extremely hard to get to.
Good luck and hope you get it fixed soon!
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