The exterior column shell or housing, can it be taken off easily? That would be ideal to take to a store or shop for a paint color reading.
Ok, so there's a bearing housing and a gear-shift housing. On the current non-tilt column, the bearing housing is short and the gear-shift housing is longer, about twice as long. On the tilt colum, the corresponding bearing housing is very long, the gearshift housing seems to be the same length. I'm wondering how the heck this tilt steering fits, it would seem that the extra length of the bearing housing would put the steering wheel a good 6 inches closer to the driver. ???
All that aside, there is also a trim finish plate under the column that should also be painted the same color so that's easy to take off to get a color scan for.