Thanks for the awsome article. I should have read this last night as I replaced my TSS today, before reading this.
I have an auto shifter in the floor, and an "abandoned" manual shift collar I dealt with on my 71. My wires had been cut and respliced many times, and I just bought an entirely new switch from LMC. The new wires ended with the correct metal terminals, and each wire was slightly shorter than the next. When I was fishing the new wires though the steering column, I taped them as one to feed them down. This did not work. I then fed a stiff wire up through and then taped the new wires to it to pull it down through the column. This did not work ethier as I kept hitting something inside the steering column sleeve. What did work for me was to feed each new wire down individually.
I finally have two brake lights again and both rear turn signals!
1971 F100 Custom, 119,xxx miles
1984 Chevy Silverado, 435,xxx miles, original owner
1986 Chevy Custom Deluxe 4x4, 150,xxx miles
2006 Victory Hammer Premium 100 C.I.
2008 Polaris RZR 800 black carbon fiber edition
1995 Honda TRX300