Your second question: Actually no, in the pictures in step 26, the shift lever is still in "flop around" mode, and not reconnected to the selector lever yet. The correct orientation is the "accute angle" should be toward the front of the car, not toward the back.
The best graphics for how the shifter should look in all the gears, is at the very end with everything installed.
Basically, in neutral, the lever should pretty much point straight up... Looks like you have a little project this weekend!
Originally Posted by hulkmax
...In "step 26" you are showing two different angles. With the angle you chose as "correct", are the gears fully engaged in R, 1, 3, 5?...