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    Escort 55 Van
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  1. I wouldn't post those on the forum, but if there's someone affiliated to the website itself, a moderator perhaps I would be happy to provide evidence that it is mine, registered to my girlfriend at my home address, etc... Big I really need a steering lock? Would it be stupid to break it bearing in mind repair costs/can they be unlocked by a mechanic easily?
  2. I have a family friend mechanic, but if I can do it myself without having to get him to come to me at least then I'd be happy, really I just need to get the steering lock off otherwise he's going to have to get hold of a flatbed truck and come to collect the van, I'd rather spend that kinda money on a new gearbox!
  3. Can anyone give me an idea as to the cost I'm likely to endure to replace the ignition barrel by a mechanic? I'm assuming that the work I need to rectify the steering lock issue is something most mechanics will be knowledgeable of? Will it be a hugely expensive labour charge?
  4. Ok, that's helpful... So there is a way to do this? Do I just need to prove to somebody that im genuine for at least a hunt of how it could be done?! Happy to provide photos of b4 if the right helpful person! Any help moderators? RicheyRichey
  5. Is that not a bit drastic? How would I go about doing that without ruining the van?! Richey
  6. I'd like to point out that I am the legal keeper of the van, not some dodgy chav looking for theft tips! ;)
  7. Hi all, I'm having fun (loosely termed...) with my Escort van. Yesterday for the first time it wouldn't start very easily on the key, after around half an hour of trying time and again, gently, forcefully, all kinds of trying, she eventually got there... The issue was that the key wasn't engaging with anything so I am assuming my barrel needs replacing? So, today, same problem, except this time there really is no joy, no lucky sweet-spot, no ignition, comes the column housing! I've managed to remove the ignition switch and with two keys (one in ignition, one in the switch itself) I can get the engine to turn over and all seems fine... However... I still can't release the steering lock! So, what to do now? I realise I'll need a new ignition barrel/keys, but if I can get the steering lock to disengage then at least I can drive to a mechanic to have the work done, otherwise im stick needing a flatbed to trailer me away... Any help or advice would be much appreciated! Thanks for listening, Richey
  8. Welcome to the Ford forums the52stays :)