With the horn, all is well. BUT...
While i had the column shrouds off, I decided to go ahead and replace the key cylinder for the ignition as it had been acting really funky lately. After all, with the shrouds off it should be a piece of cake to depress the locking tab on the cylinder, remove it and insert a new cylinder. Right?
Wrong! The tab would not depress far enough to release the cylinder. I sweated off about 10 pounds before I called in the big guns. My brother, the former L1, said "no problem! I'll stop by and we'll have it out in 10 minutes." He did stop by and after 2 hours had made no more progress than I had. He sent over his MVS (Manager of Vehicle Services), another L1, who also had the "10 minutes, no more" attitude. After at least an hour and a half he finally said it would have to be drilled out.
Long story, short version, I ended up having to remove the lock housing from the column to grind off the lock positioning tab.
Somehow I now have the sector gears clocked wrong. I think it has to do with the gears being in the park/lock position when I removed the housing and the cylinder aligns to go in at the "run" position. The result is that the new cylinder will not go all the way in.
The bottom gear correctly aligns with switch/harness assembly in the off/lock position.
The upper gear doesn't kick back to run when I use a screwdriver to move the gear clockwise. Instead it just stops moving.
Yes I marked the gears with a sharpie before removing but I wore all the marks off the housing while I was manhandling it and even Magic Marker doesn't adhere to the plastic gears very well.
Any suggestions on properly clocking the gears given that they are badly out of sync now?
One more part to the question. I have a fear that before this is over something in the gears will break, Any idea where I could get either or both of the sector gears without buying the whole truck?
Thanks for your consideration of this little mess I have on my hands.