Cut the stock steering column and shaft free from the back of the stock steering box. The shaft and column will be reused, cut to custom lengths. To make things easier later, cut as close to the gear box as possible. With the boot, plates, brackets, and turn signal switch unplugged, the column should pull cleanly out. Reuse the stock boot and/or boot retainer plates to make firewall bolt patterns into the new Downey firewall anchor plate. With the column, box, pitman arm, fenderwell tie-rod, bell crank, and all the brackets removed, the truck is directionally impaired.