Originally Posted by 95GT-71Grand
It was damaged by trying to shift out of PARK without turning the key. One of those "of course!" moments after it happened... There's a disc with circuit traces on it that came out of the assembly some time later (never got a good story on how that happened) and the piece that protects covers the opening aft of the shift lever is missing as well.
The electrical item is the neutral/safety switch, all 69-72 FMX transmissions had that on the shifter instead of the trans.
There's not much to the Ford auto trans shifter. 99% of the time all you need is the pivot bushings and perhaps the bushing that connects the link rod at the bottom. The whole job is less than $20. If the lockout dog is out of adjustment, that's a quick no-cost job. If the dog is damaged, I'd just replace the whole lever, then you'll have new chrome, too.