steering me crazy

Got a loose steering wheel problem. followed the book , steering wheel off ,block plate off , lock ring off, but the book won't get me past the wires. how to pop the shell and do i need to drop the column? HELP!

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Need make, model, year. Do you know the model of steering equipment you have (ie, rack and pinion, etc.)? And what is the title of "the book" you are using?
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its a 90 silverado dually 3500 k series w/tilt power steering, no airbag system. chilton. update, pulled column for easier access and still cannot lower the cover.
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