Never mind I got it, the Haynes manual is full of shit I should have known better. If you look closely you will see that there are two more bolts that need to be removed. 2 of the 4 bolts that are part of the coupling and the pinch bolt. I only removed the pinch bolt. The FSM is more clear on this. Mission accomplished.
I'm gutting my 1972 240z for restoration. I removed the steering column without any hiccups. I removed the pinch bolt at the flexible coupling and now the shaft is stuck. The "shaft" at the flexible coupling pinch bolt won't come loose. I tapped it with a hammer and still nothing any tips or tricks to get this off? Is it ok to hit it with greater force? Its currently digesting some PB blast. Thanks, Paul