It was T-Day....transmission swap day....and I was about as ready as I was ever going to be. I drove to Troy's shop and got ready to start the swap. Bob was scheduled to join me and help for a couple of days. He showed up just a bit after I got started removing the center console.
The center console is held in place with about 6 screws, give or take one. A couple of them are accessible by opening the cover (and removing ALL of your junk). Another is in the bottom of a cup holder slot while there are two more along the rear of the consoler (passenger side). The plate that the shift boot attaches to can be "popped" out of the console and when you do, you'll see another screw there. You'll not be using the boot when the AW-4 is installed so don't worry about removing it from the shifter.
With the console removed, remove the 3 screws that hold the shifter boot onto its mounting plate. At the same time, you can remove all of the screws around the edge of the mounting plate that hold it to the body. Many of them are hidden under the carpeting.
Pry the shifter boot off of the mounting plate (it is most likely stuck in place). Reach down to where the shifter enters the tranny and slide the dust cover (rubber boot) up the shifter shaft. You will see spring loaded retaining collar under the dust cover. Using a pair of screwdrivers, press the spring loaded collar down and turn it about 30 degrees. It will pop loose and allow the shifter to be removed from the transmission.
Here is what it looks like when you remove the shifter from the top of the transmission. Pretty easy way to get it out of the way without removing a bunch of bolts, eah?
A closeup shot of the spring loaded retainer and its dust cover.
You can see the notch in it. This is what you had to rotate (about 30
degrees) to get it to disengage from the top of the transmission. If you
look in the previous photo, you can see these near the end of the shifter.
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