Just an update...
I figured out my issue... ends up that it was not VATS, issue was the Ignition Switch burned out.
4 weeks, alot of replaced parts, a large headache, and ultimately a $30 part was all that was needed to resolve this. Granted, removing the steering column was "exciting"
btw. bypass for the Resistor Key works like a charm.
HUGE PROPS to http://shbox.com/1/4th_gen_tech1.html
ran into a few 'extra' pieces putting the column back together, and this site saved me!