Yeah, I noticed that when I tried to stick a mirror down the shift lever to "attempt" to get a better view of it all, but failed miserably in getting any useful views out of it. I read up on it and am a bit worried about the plastic; I hear the plastic ones are prone to wear, but if you think about it, it'll probably take years and years for it to wear. The car's already at 300,000; how much longer will it possibly go? Probably not much longer if I keep "using" it the way I do, but I'm not as worried about this part. Thanks moosehead, that completely reassured me. If you've "restored" the shift for people using less parts than I have, then I guess having these other parts is just a plus (other than part 6, of course, which looks pretty worn). I do have to note, however, that I did not get a new "foam" piece that you mention. Part 19, which I think you mentioned as the foam, is written as a plastic washer in the RealOEM diagram. Does this mean I can reuse this foam piece if there is one in there?