I did remove the 2 bolts that hold the steering column, they attach to the brake pedal bracket which is removed from the car. The entire steering column is loose now, the ONLY thing holding it is the steering box itself.
I did not remove the steering wheel, I don't think that would affect being able to remove the whole column for the other end.
I have the "How To Restore Your Mustang" book, but it is not very specific about removing the steering column. It tells you to remove the steering wheel for restoration and advises you to use a puller, and then says "you may need to remove the steering column also". Big help.
I think you are right, that now I am at the stage where I just have to muscle it out. I used a small pry bar, and the thing is, the case of the steering column itself will move about 1/4 inch, but the steering bar inside it is not moving. Turning it back and forth does nothing because the car is up on jacks and all of the suspension and wheels, etc, are removed.
I wish I could see one that is removed so I have a better idea of how it goes together, maybe then I would know better which part to beat on! I sprayed it all down with WD-40 and let that soak, and I'll give it another try tomorrow.
When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.