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Won't shift into gear!

I have 1981 chev pickup......tilt wheel,cruse,automatic on the column. when i shift it, the linkage seems to hang up. there seems to be a rattle in the steering coloumn right above my feet...........

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Spray wd-40 or similar on all linkage. What is the condition of the chevy's body? Any significant rust or rot? I ask that because I had a very rusty 79 F-250 that wouldn't shift into park, and was difficult to put in reverse because the cab was 'sinking' due to the rot and rust. If the body is still in good shape, u may need to check the linkage closely to see if it needs adjusting, or if there are any worn bushings at the pivot points. Let me know about the body condition, etc.

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