My shifter is on the column and does feel loose.
When you say the center nut, you mean the one that's under the steering wheel, right? I have five bolts holding the steering wheel and the horn switch under that. Underneath that, I see a center bolt but I didn't know how it was tied in, so I didn't dig further.
By the way, my neighbor in LA, can I bribe you to help me take my dash apart with some Heinekens?
it's already cracked and I have several repairs due back there and I'm worried about breaking it more/worse. I'm unable to find the bolt I've read about on the 'peach forums' that holds the instrument cluster.
so far on my 'to do' list for that area:
-check the solder-fuse for the clock
-fresh air damper control going to the passenger side
-heater valve control/lever for driver side
-'pull out' radio housing removal
-speedometer (lube the wire...it currently bounces)
and most importantly
-check the wiper motor!