Ok, since you are thinking...
Here's what I was trying to explain.
Butt end of club can't be lifted out because it hits the dash.
Tail end of club is positioned around the seat frame.
Club loop is pinched, which requires the club to be raised before you can slip the shifter out.
1978 13BT-40, 70 series mechanicals
1966 FJ45 lwb stock
2003 100 OME lift
1974V8J40, 1992FJ80, 1985FJ60, 1971FJ55, 1978FJ40, 1974FJ40, 1997 LX450 all long gone.