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Drive train locked up while driving in 5th gear. Vehicle would not move unless clutch was engaged will in neutral.

The only way the vehicle could be towed was shift was in netural engine running and clutch engaged. If you tried to release the the engine woul die as if it was in gear.

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Hey Tom

Just so you know, pushing the clutch pedal DISengages the clutch, releasing the pedal engages it (just clarification). Sounds like you may have a bent fork (or other damaged internal part in your transmission.) OR you may have over lifted the rear end of the vehicle(spring boosters, over inflated air shocks, etc) which would misalign the drive train and cause it to bind, or even a damaged transfer case if your vehicle is 4x4 as some Broncos are. Pressing the clutch to allow free movement of the vehicle seems to suggest that universal joints and CVJs are ok, engine running says power is OK...which limits the issue to transmission failure or transfer case failure. It could be as simple as misaligned or disconnected shifter linkages, which could cause an effect of trying to be in two gears at the same time (regardless of what you intend). Usually this is accompanied by the feeling of a sloppy or loose shifter.

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Hi Tom:
If you're lucky, a linkage has become disengaged. Trace from the gearshift to the transmission.
What happens to the gearshift lever when you try to shift?
If it won't move and the linkage is not disconnected, try to manually move the shift levers where they enter the trans.
Also if you have a custom shifter it is possible that a pin has slipped.
Have fun chasing this one.

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