From the description, it sounds like the lever that attaches to the top of the transmission linkage has broken off. This linkage rod goes all of the way to the bottom of the transmission, and requires removal of the transmission to replace. HOWEVER.
In the past, I have actually drilled into the shaft, and threaded the hole, and installed a stud into it to replace the broken end. All of this without removing the transmission. It is a bit tricky, and the hole has to be straight for this fix to work. This is not a recommended fix, but when times are tough, it gets things going for a while.
If you live anywhere in the area of southeastern PA, I could get you going again. I understand the situation you are in.
Thursday, January 1st, 2009 AT 12:15 PM