Many years ago, I had an F100, 1974 vintage. The linkage broke, or was otherwise inoperable. I took the truck to a local repair shop and they were able to install a floor shifter from a Ford car. They had to cut a hole in the floor of the truck to accomplish this, but in the end everything worked out fine. I just had to lean over a little to move the shifter.
1996 F150 Scab longbed, 5.8L, 4x4, 31x10.5 tires, 212k miles and counting. step bars, low-profile tool box, Euro-clear turn signals & headlights, Euro taillights, vent visors, class III Reese hitch, Tekonsha brake controller.
"when you have a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail."