Did you pull the ignition switch and housing by any chance? I know it is a pain to pull off with the anti-theft bolts- I do not care if the housing is saber sawed off the steering column since I will never put it on my truck.
I am making an emergency ignition rod (different than the .500" rod shown in that thread) to carry in case my original one breaks on the road and wanted to dry-fit form and function so I know it will work when needed.
Most used ones on Ebay assume you are going to put it on your truck so are priced accordingly- I only care if the switch and the rear white plastic switch are on the casting and that the key turns. Casting can be broken and in pieces- I do not care.