Hmmm, your 1995 4 speed auto, 722.4 transmission should not have 2nd gear start. I have the 722.4 and it's not 2nd gear start. I think they stopped doing this in 1992 or so.
Have you tested it from a stop, paying close attention to it shifting 3 times through all four gears?
So to answer your question, it already should start in 1st gear.
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