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Dear Volvo Forum,
I have a 1966 122S sedan. The 1966 122S has an "armoured theft proof ignition assembly." The ignition coil wire, or realy wire, is in an armoured sleave and passes through a switch in the ignition assembly. I can't "hot wire" the car by bypassing the key switch.

My ignition key became jammed and would not turn to the right to start the engine. I was able to pull the key barrel out of the rest of the key assembly and I can see the slot that the key barrel rotates to turn the car to the "on" position. I can easily turn it with a stick and the dash lights come on. However, the car still won't start. It seems that there may be a proximity switch inside the ignition assembly that won't connect the coil wire unless the key barrel assembly is in place. Can anybody confirm this?

I would love to get a diagram of the internals of the ignition key assembly to confirm. Can anybody provide that?

Thanks.

Ken in Laguna
 

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It is possible to replace the lock assembly. With the ignition in the on position you can push in a pin behind the dash. The pin is located on the housing that contains the ignition switch. This happened to me years ago on an 1800 and it has the same ignition/coil assembly. The only other option I can think of would be to change out the armored system and replace it with a regular 2 post coil and a new ignition switch. Anyone else have experience with this?
 
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