Thanks to @j_limongelli I managed to take off the steering column and rebuilt it. It now looks amazing, unfortunately I was so excited at how good it looked I didn’t take any pictures before bolting it back up to the lower dash.
Since I had the column off and the horn button wasn’t working, despite my having disassembled the stalk, I replaced the entire unit and will be wiring it all back up later today. However, in the meantime I need a bit of reassembly advice.
I have the turn signal assembly back on the column, but its unclear to me of the placement and orientation of the signal cancel tab. Should it be inserted in one of the slots on the white plastic ring on the turn signal assembly? How far down the column should the turn signal assembly be set?
The reason for the second question is that when I tried to add the turn signal shroud (2 piece plastic cover) I wasn’t able to place the metal bracket that hold the drivers side of that cover (the passenger side is held with spring clips. Here are two pics of my current setup.