Seriously guys, I've tried everythng short of dismantling the thing in my driveway, something sure to please the neighbors. I'm the only guy on my block who actually does simple maintenance on my cars. I've got an 84 500SEC, the 73 280 SEL 4.5 and on 85 Volvo wagon. This thing has me stumped. If it is going to cost a bundle to repair, I would be interested in converting it to a floor mounted shifter. Anybody ever done this, and if so any idea of reliability and cost?? Any info would be appreciated.