Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: What is this thing on my steering column?
In 1969 GM started using a lockout that connected to the manual trans shift linkage. You had to be in reverse in order to start the car. The lever operates the neutral safety switch on top of the steering column. If this is disconnected and it moves, the car usually won't start until you rotate the column back to the proper position. For automatic floor shift cars it may have connected to the trans shift arm to enable start in park, or maybe it was a stick only thing. Column shift cars used this type arm too.
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67 RS 327 original owner. 1965 Lola T-70