Taking the column apart.
Here’s the ignition switch. You can see all the sand that got in there from when I had the car painted back in 1992 (they didn’t remove the interior).
I got the rusty shift tube separated from the outer housing.
Steering shaft (rusty) and shift tube (rust removed)
Here are all of the steering column parts before I bag and label them.
Wire wheeling down to bare metal.
Interesting bit of trivia: The steering column and dash board are painted flat black. If they were glossy, then sunlight would hit those parts, reflect up and hit the windshield then shoot an annoying glare into your eyes.
I decided to tackle the parking brake. There are a surprising number of parts in that mechanism.
Lower steering column fully restored!
The completely restored steering column. All moving parts have fresh grease. New lock cylinder (and keys), ignition switch, turn signal guts. All rust and grime removed! The restored parking brake is laying next to the column.