Pardon me guys, I am glad to find this discussion! I am in a bit of a fix. I am attempting to start an '85 XJ6 which had its selector linkage disconnected from the trans prior to being shipped many miles to me. Why the vehicle was not merely put on neutral is beyond me. The seller is unresponsive in what is going on.
Anyway, I pulled her ("Lady’) up on to my ramps and squeezed my ample torso under it to observe. I could see the linkage had been disconnected at the trans connection. I gave up after an hour of fighting to reconnect to the linkage. The challenge was to reach in, line up the flat areas of the cable end with the trans connection and push them connected once again. My struggling grasp was unable to succeed even with my helper inside gently moving the selecter handle. In fact, I never even noticed the cable end move in any way. I concluded either the cable itself seized or was disconnected at the other end too.
So I remove the center console plate and looked around. Couldn’t see where the connection was and figured I needed to remove the complete selector mechanism.
This is where I am now. I can’t get the mechanism loose from where it’s mounted. For fear of damaging anything I decided to reach out here for help.
Suggestions very much appreciated!