There are five steps on how to change a column shift lever in a 1962 Ford Falcon. Some of the step-by-step instructions are pry the clam shell off with the trim tool in order to expose the shift lever assembly, and then set the clam shell aside.
If it is a manual trans.take the screws out holding the shift lever boot on. Slide the boot up the gearshift. there will be a bolt holding the lever on, take that out and pull on the lever. you may have to get a little rough with the lever to get it to come off once the bolt is out.
The shift lock on the solenoid is located under the shift lever cover. When the brake is depressed it then unlocks the shifter of the vehicle. If this does not unlock the solenoid then it will need to be replaced.
To shift the recon into reverse push the red button at the right break lever labeled "R" down and pull the lever back. Then shift down using the down arrow on the electric shift. Reverse light should come on and back you go.
The shift level is locked by the shift solenoid. When you step on the brake, the brake switch sends power to the shift solenoid and it moves a lever to unlock the shifter. If either the switch or solenoid is bad, you can't shift out of park.