At first all I had to do was jiggle the console shifter to be able to start the car in park. But, now its getting worse and I have to push the shifter while turning the key. Is there an adjustment I can make to get this to act like it should?
If you find out, let me know. I have that very same problem with my '66. I have to pull the shift lever up and turn the key before it will crank. I tell myself that it is a good theft-deterrent, but I would like to fix it.
This is a funny story I ran accross while researching this subject........
Somewhere along the trail my old automatic silver Z decided to begin starting in any gear position about the same time the solenoid began refusing to co-operate when I was in the saddle. I was parked downtown near the courthouse and upon my return, the solenoid was not co-operating. I opened the hood and arced the sucker with a screw driver and all hell broke loose.She was in drive and headed forward. I began to run around the back of the car to reach the driver's door which was on the curb side when I decided to grab the rear bumper and just stop the car with my bare hands. A real good idea in a PANIC! I refused to let go and the car pulled me. I dug in my heels only to find myself being pulled not on my heels but on my rump.Bang the Z hit the car parked in front and bounced backwards placing me half under the Z. Without much hesitation, the old Z was headed for another bumper encounter with intent to do great bodily harm. I managed to get on my feet as the old girl came bouncing backwards almost knocking me down again. I was painfully aware that the situation was escalating and the pace was picking up since the old wild cat was hitting harder and bouncing further back each time giving herself a longer run at the new car parked in front. I saw an opening and rushed to the side walk to watch her now hit the car parked in back and catapualt off that encounter with re-newed energy to savagely assault the car in front with increased vigor. Dumbfounded, I started yelling, "STOP" but the old girl was so angry assaulting the two cars she didn't hear master calling. What was worse , she was now moving the forward car with each attack. Without being religious, I made the sign of the cross and tried to get in pace with her travel and open the door. I could not do it on the side walk risking my lower limbs between the curb and the raging Z When an opening presented itself at the rear, I crossed over and got to the street side and tried to get in step with the to and fro momentum to open the door. I dove in, but the next crash momemtarily stunned me. Next thing I knew, she was at rest idling peacefully. I stuck my head up and peered around. Thank the stars ..no crowd! I non-chalantly went to the front and finished closing the hood and inspected for damage without being too noticeable without cflaiming ownership of the offending vehicle. "Never saw that car in my life" There was not any damage. Same for the rear car. I rested for awhile to calm my nerves and drove away. I fixed things on that old war horse that did not even need fixing for the next two days. Silicone Boy if she had a V8, the only thing that would have stopped her was the Pacific Ocean
Neutral siwtch needs adjustment-loosen two screws and move. there is a hole for a small drill bit to adjust it right I think. I assume you don't have a shop manual. Its in there. all auto shifters have one-most coluum shifters it is at the bottom on top of the coluum. Floor shifter-its on the side of the housing.If you can't get it adjusted right, replace it.