I was thinking it would engage as soon as the lever is put in the low position. My old EA81 had a D/R, and it took a few seconds for the low indicator on the dash to light up. But when stopped, in neutral, with the clutch in, I can easily get into and out of 4WD Hi and Lo.
With the low indicator, I didn't see a wire on the harness by the transmission. I haven't checked with a light to see if it's on the instrument cluster though. It doesn't matter much to me though. If the low range is engaged once the lever is in position, then I don't need an indicator. I can just look down and see.
I don't think I've seen any junkyard Soobs with a light gray, except for DLs and Loyales. Maybe one day, but until then, I'm happy with this. There is a bit of free play in the clutch cable right now. Although I think maybe a bit too much. After driving for a bit, I feel like there's a little too much free play in the clutch pedal.
And yes, I did change out the fluid. What I meant with the lake of oil is this: as I was jacking up the transmission to line it up to the engine, there was leftover gear oil that didn't get drained out from the donor car, and it all poured out the back where the driveshaft goes. I didn't notice this, and when I did, there was a mess on the garage floor. Not very fun to roll around in. So far, this tranny is not leaking any oil, which is good.
I think I'll still take it easy at least for the first 100 or 200 miles. Now I've got about 50 miles on the clutch, and it feels fine, but I still want to baby it a little longer. I definitely know not to burn the clutch. That's why I don't let anybody drive the car besides myself. Although just a clutch replacement would be less work than a whole transmission replacement, I don't want to take the tranny/engine apart like this for a while.
And yes, I think I found my new avatar: