I just had back surgery and I have my 17 year old son under my jeep to see if he can find out why my transfer shifter doesn't seem to operate anything. It seems that when we replaced the engine the transfer linkage popped out of the pivot bracket on the tunnel, (body side). I see that it is held on with what appeared to be four nuts, but they look like they are tack welded to the bracket, leading me to think that the bolts come through the tunnel from the interior? That means I will have to access them by removing the carpet between the driver's seat and the center console.
If this is accurate, can someone please let me know? My only other idea is to remove the trans mount and slide trans / transfer to the right far enough to get the linkage back in???