I have a 1968 Wards Riverside 250 that I've just disassembled and reassembled for the second time. Problem is I don't think I have any gearing except 1st and 2nd. The first time I took it apart to reattach the spring holding tension on the shifter pawl. With the engine running like a charm, I couldn't seem to shift it beyond 2nd. Combing thru my Service Manual I ran across the following sentence; "Turn the shaft gear selector as far as it will go counterclockwise to put the transmission in fourth before reassembling the crankcase halves".
Needless to say, I didn't remember doing that. I once again took everything apart and made darned sure it was rotated as far as it would go COUNTERCLOCKWISE.

I haven't tried shifting without running the engine, with the back wheel being turned by hand, I can't get more than 2nd gear.

My question is: Is counterclockwise the right direction?

Should I try shifting with the engine running before I shoot the thing?

A bit tired of taking it apart.