The pedalbox gets in the way of a straight run through the firewall. I guess you could do it with multiple joints but lots of work.I bet they worked hard to get the column perfectly inline too. Because they can.
 I tell a lie - must be the same as yours as they are using the same bulkhead hole & do t have anything fancy inside the cabin such as another UJ or whatnot.
If Gordon’s ok with slightly crooked then everyone should be happy!