1964 Conv. non-tilt. Got in my car today and went to put my shifter in "Reverse, or Drive " and the shifter moved but did not go into gear. I looked in the engine compartment and my shifter rod from the steering column WAS NOT moving to change position. Can anyone advise what to do next?
On the non tilt columns, looking at your shop manual illustration, shift lever connects to shifter tube that connects to the shifter lever. It is a direct connection and all rotate together and I have outlined in yellow in illustration.
The carrier is pressed onto the shifter tube, onto a keyed area that keeps the carrier locked in place. It sounds like you carrier was not pressed onto the shifter tube all the way or has worked it self up and off the tube over the years. See the keyed area pointed to by pen in 2nd picture.