OK, I have my outboard hanging from the ceiling in the garage, but the steering cable is still connected.
There is one nut that holds the black cable to the tilt tube. I loosened that nut and tried to extract the cable, by pulling the cable. The metal arm on the cable end withdrew from the tilt tube, but the arm on the otherside of the outboard (where the steering arm attaches) wouldn't withdraw into the tilt tube.
Do I need to loosen either of the two large remaining nuts on both sides of the tilt tube?
I was going to whack the side on the far end of the tilt tube, but didn't want to mushroom the end of the rod.
Since it was already late, I figured I'd come here in the morning for idiot's advice. I can't believe it could be so difficult to extract this thing, but every other nut or bolt has been seized after 20 years.
It was a job removing the outboard from the transom and pulling it above the boat on the joist.