Replace tranny? Q: can plstic bushing be replaced?
My '76 stick did the same thing. Fortunately, one of the first upgrades I did to my car was to put in a 5-speed, and luckily the stick on that tranny doesn't wobble. I think it's possible to change the plastic bushing that secures the mid-section of the shift lever. It's that bushing which is worn and allows the stick to wobble and rattle. **** annoying I know, and I'm just glad I never really had to deal with it.
I have had to replace the bushings on every Z I have owned. They are available from Motorsport for about $6.00, as I recall. Not too hard to do. First, remove the console, then remove the upper boot on the shift lever, then the c-clip on the shift lever pivot. Lift out the shift lever and insert the two plastic bushings into each side of the shift lever pivot, and re-insert into the transmission. Replace the pivot pin and c-clip If the upper boot has any rips, replace it at the same time. Helps eliminate any fumes.
I found a FAQ on how to put a brass pipe fitting into the opening and it worked great. The article is on <A HREF=http://www.zhome.com> ZHOME </A> scroll down the index frame until you find "Technical Articles" it's under "Drivetrain"