Last week i bought a dash that came out(dash was out of car and being stored in a ford van) of a 4 door 50 mercury, yesterday i went back to see what the rest of car looked like, i didnt even look at the car last week. the car has been parted out of most of its goodies and is rusting away into the ground. A deal was struck for the steering column and wheel and i went ahead to remove them from the car, after removing the bolt on the clamp at the gear box the column would not budge more than a half inch. all the linkage and so on are all removed from the column but i couldnt figure out how to get this removed without doing any damage to the column or wheel, plus the ole lady was sitting in the car calling me or texting me to hurry up or she's leaving me there. i decided that i would come back another day to get them but what is keeping the column on the gear box? i do not own a merc but i love the way the dash looks and i am going to use the dash and steering column/wheel in a later project.