I have a long term issue with my Aquamist 4 speed car and I think I had an epiphany... This issue has slowly moved up on the things to do list and I was reminded of it this past weekend when I was driving it around. Just to give you some background- The problem is that I can turn the car off and remove the key regardless of weather the trans is in reverse or not. The car has the correct reverse lockout rod and the column rotates to "park" like it should. But it doesn't seem to matter. Whatever prevents the key from being turned to LOCK is either missing or as I suspect, a wrong year part has been installed. The car has its original 69/70 style column with the large upper bearing pre load nut. The 71 and up columns don't seem to have this nut and use the large spring for pre load. But I digress... So recently, I located a 69/70 style tilt column for the beater so I can upgrade it to tilt. In rebuilding that column, I noticed that the ignition actuator rod (that's the long rod that goes from the rack to the switch) had a "Z" bend in it. I never saw an actuator with that kind of bend in it. Ive only seen the straight style. I rebuilt this column and it works the way it should. So now Im thinking that maybe someone may have put the incorrect, straight style rod in my Aquamist column. That's the only thing that makes sense to me. No, I haven't taken the Aquamist column apart. I want to make sure I have everything available when I do take it apart. Better to be looking at the pats you need than to be looking for them. So....can anyone verify my hypothesis? And does anyone have a spare actuator rod with the Z bend in it ?