Thanks again to all who replied. My goal was to repair it as solidly as possible without having to replace the entire shifter assembly. I learned quite a bit doing this repair, used the opportunity to clean 20 years of dirt/goop/gunk from under the console and hope this procedure helps someone else down the line.

Next projects are:
  • Front door window regulator
  • Driver's powered side view mirror
  • Heater core
  • AC system


and this is just off the top of my head ~sigh~