If all you see is a large hole with the rod passing through, then your bushings have taken a trip south. The hole should be completely covered by bushing, except where the rod passes through.
The two sets of bushings are the shift rod bushings (what you're looking for) and the shifter bushings. The shifter bushings are located in the shift gate and support the shifter in it's front to rear travel.
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