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Steering Column
    I'm working on getting some of my interior pieces back into the car and have come across something that is confusing me. On the steering column (non-tilt that I have), there is a large open "hole" that I have no clue what it is there for. Was this for a column shifter? Or is something to cover this hole? Is it an access hole for something? No idea what it could be, any help would be appreciated.....Pic is attached.....
Mine has the same whole on it. Never worried about it because of the position it is in.
Mine to.
sdstang;139935 Wrote:Mine to.

Hmmmm, quite odd can't seem to figure out why Ford would put that there unless there was some intended usage.....

I think it's an access hole for that little bolt down the hole! No clue what it's for.
Maybe so the mice can get in and out!! No idea either, but someone thought it important enough to spend money on the molds to include it.
It is quite possible that the part is used on a different model Ford that would have a column shift, maybe a Maverick. Mustang never had a column shift in any year model. It is probably a cost reduction to have a floor shift. Less assembly and easier to install with less parts.

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
Yes, they used the column shift mechanism, minus the shifter and gear position indicator, to run the ignition lock out. If someone dug into part numbers they would probably find similar numbered parts, like the column tube and shaft were the same on other cars like the Maverick.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
I just took a look at mine and it's the same as all of them. Honestly, I never took notice of it before. As can be seen in the picture, the hole is part of a separate ring that has some movement in it. So my vote goes to column shift for another model, BUT on the Mustang, it is set and locked in the position we see it in.
Case closed!
It's the lock out rod that holds it in position. When you shift out of park it should move.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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