The good news: i found an 85 gmc 2500 with a tilt steering column and the key at our local pick-a-part. I got home and realized the steering shaft had a different connection than my old one so i had to go back and get that >< anyway everything is hooked up in place all good to go.
The bad news: No ignition
ive narrowed checked all the switches, they're all good and adjusted properly, i even went as far as trying my old switches because i know for a fact they worked before i took it all apart. I've narrowed it down to the purple wire that goes to the solonoid on the started having no power when the ignition is turned on. There is also a purple and yellow wire at the base of the steering column which is for the neutral safety switch that prevents you from starting up in gear (this is an automatic). Neither one of those wires has any power at all now whether the ignition is "hot" or not. Everything else works lights, signals etc. I checked all the fuses and they all work. I even checked out every fuse connector to make sure they all work which they all do.
My assumption is that that yellow wire is supposed to be "hot" and it completes the circuit with the purple wire which goes to the starter solonoid right? What im curious about is both if my assumtion is correct, and secondly when is that yellow wire supposed to be hot, only when the key is turned or is it supposed to be live all the time?
Im pretty close to the point where im going to just rig up a hidden push start ^^