Ok so today I got underneath the jeep this afternoon. #1 I pulled the inspection plate off and it was being hit by the fly wheel, a little bit of work with a body hammer and it was fixed.
#2 I dealt with the tranny, first I looked at the linkages. The linkages turned out to be ok so I turned my attention to the front band. I backed the band off one turn, then two and lasty three turns still no first gear. I finger tightened the adjusting screw and then gave it two more turns with a ratchet, backing off 1/2 turn. I started up and put it in first gave it some throttle, and it worked. A short road test and all gears work.