you could always just shift the selector into "D" and then remove the shifter lever from the column. this will have you always ready to turn the key. a used manual column should be fairly inexpensive at your local salvage yard.
if the east stroudsburgh you are from is in lehigh valley PA i could probably mail you my old beat up manual tilt column if you paid shipping. it's pretty messed up but you could make one useable column from the 2. i won't have it available for a little while yet, as i have to take it out first.
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