The 1st gear position was: horizontal lever all the way moved towards the passenger side of the car and the vertical lever depressed. Got this form the technical manual. Then the tabs went in easily and everything worked after the assembly. Hooked up the battery before the assembly of wheels and air box and started the car to check if the forward reverse and neutral made the rotors rotate in the correct direction.You actually should always have trans in neutral when yanking it, can save you massive issues when you let trans fall to load weight based on the gear it is in, can break synchros and such. And neutral is commonly what you adjust linkage in once back together. Almost all shifter alignment tools do that by lining up the neutral gates.