Removing Other Stuff
In order to completely take the dashboard out of the vehicle, you need to clear the steering wheel.
The dashboard's steel frame has a metal "tie bar" just above the pedals.
Remove the three bolts it has at each side, and the dashboard now can clear out the steering wheel.
Next up, remove all the wiring plugs you have.
There are two of them on the passenger side under the dash.
On the driver's side, next to the pedals, there are various plugs.
One of those plugs is a big one that has a screw in the middle... just undo the screw, and pry it apart.
Finally, the steering column has various things you want to remove.
First, unbolt the two nuts that hold the steering column up.
That will enable the steering column to "swing down" a couple of inches.
WARNING FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS:::
When you unbolt these two nuts, and the column moves, it "shifts" the transmission.
If your truck is not level, and you don't have wheel chucks, it is quite possible that it will roll when you swing the column down!
CAREFUL! SAFETY FIRST!
Be careful with the 'selected gear indicator' mechanism as it is quite fragile.
Keep on removing stuff, and "clearing" the steering column.
There is one big tie-wrap you have to cut on the column.
I used two smaller ones later on to re-tie everything down.