This might be the hardest part of any trans, clutch, or shifter work. Yes, Ford puts healthy dose of aggressive thread-locking compound on the shifter handle. Therefore the stock knob just doesn’t want to budge. If you don’t mind ruining the knob, you can use a large pair of locking pliers. Justin opted to preserve the knob by using a strap wrench and a bit of warming assistance. After heating the knob up to 180 degrees, the knob came off unscathed with the strap wrench.