Originally Posted by Turbostang500
Search on tightening the shifter bolts. There are 2 bolts at the lower part of the steering column that wrk there way loose. Check those before replacing anything.
Thanks for the tip. Did the search, found the bolts, and tightened them—one was backed out pretty far. Drops into 1 just fine now. There's still a lot of slop though, and the gear indicator doesn't line up as it should. I suspect it's the shaft bushings.
Also started repainting the faded grey parts of my grille satin black. Should clean it up for a while until I do an '05 swap.