Those 83-86 Birds are fast going away. I often wish I had kept that '85 I owned from 1986-2009.
Get a dash cap rather than an ugly pad, a bit more pricey but it looks nearly factory when installed.
+1 on the aluminum shifter, I've still got TSRUH burned into the palm of my hand from the aluminum T handle I used last summer
First thing I buy for any of them is a Dash Mat in BLACK ..... which serves to protect oem .... and it disappears in the windshield, no reflections to look back. Used to use a towel folded many years ago in front of driver's side.
And like said, a solid aluminum knob will get HOT. Learned that lesson with a aluminum Hurst T-handle 40 years ago. Lay a Snap On wrench on a fender apron in the sun for 10-20 minutes then pick it up .....