Alrighty then. Column is out and disassembled almost all the way to
get to the 4 screws/bolts that have (and apparently, routinely) backed
out. The problem is the main housing...the portion that encloses the
general area of the shifter, tilt, and key/lock cylinder area.
Apparently on some vehicles there is only a little abracadabra and this
housing comes off/apart. NOT MINE! It appears that mine is two-piece,
a left half and a right half as you sit in the seat. They are put on
from each side and then where they mate at the 6 and 12 o'clock
positions there is this big slug of metal that effectively joins and
locks the 2 halves together. It looks similar to a large/long wheel
balancing weight and has small pins/sleeves in one half that (Iguess)
press into the other half. And then I guess they put a spell on it or
something 'cause i'll be damned if i can get it apart. Anyone have
experience with this design? This is all that's holding me back.
Already burned up/broken 3 drill bits...the good cobalt kind from Sears
designed to cut hard metal. HELP!