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The shifters are fairly simple and re-build kits are in-expensive. They come with all the nylon spacers and bushings. I'm not sure how you are getting reverse and either 3rd or 4th since those shift arms are on opposite sides. reverse and either 1st or 2nd would be easier to understand.
Make sure the arms on the transmission are not loose. they have a tendency to work their way loose and then the shifter has to move too much to actually make a change. 1 -2 and 3 - 4 arms stick up, reverse sticks down. On the tranny 3-4 is the front arm, 1 -2 in the middle and reverse is the most rearward arm.
At the bottom of the shifter the arm closest to the tranny is reverse, the middle is 1 -2 and the furthest from tranny is 3 -4.
Put it up on stands and have someone shift it while you watch. Something is loose.

It can be confusing especially laying upside down under the car.
Maybe too much info. Hard to decipher my ramblings this morning.
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