But I think this is the final nail in the coffin.
The PO managed to even curve the nail head on the other. I got’em both out now and just need to figure out a way to get a C clamp in there to press in the new bushings.
It’s like life is a video game and was like. “Ya know, this guys gotten a lot better a wrenching. Time to bump up the difficulty.”
Update: The bushings didn’t fix anything. Well it does shift nicer now, but still no fifth. Also cleaned up the rods near the shifter (two rods slide in and out of two sleeves) and that didn’t let it go into fifth either.
Another day I’ll take a closer look at the shifting mechanism itself and see if it’s that. Although at this point I think it’s an internal transmission issue. Since the bushings near the shifter look perfectly fine.