The shift cables definitely go under the skeleton. I'm currently working on a Formula. The console is off so it was rather easy for me to verify.
You might also check the part where that ball fits in the plate that is on pin and a cable is on the other end. I don't like the way the edges are mushrooming. If you can, get one from a parts car and replace it. It the ball now doesn't fit due to it having been ground, then you'll have to replace that also.
Oh, and if you do replace that plate and the ball, I would ask you to not take it back to the guy the ground down the ball to fit. In my opinion that was a hack job.
[This message has been edited by n7vrz (edited 09-17-2013).]