After bench building all the linkages, it was time to see if they were going to actually work. But before I could do anything, I had to cut some more out of my beautiful rust free floor. I started by hacking up the cover plate:
Things were looking pretty good at this point! I did wind up having to rotate one of the linkage attachment points on the FWD selector of the NP205, otherwise I would have had to cut a much bigger hole. I did a little bit of blacksmithing to get the handles to clear things that I wanted them to clear:
I still need to make a boot up for the shifters, and finish the trim around the trans shifter. But for now, this will do.