Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Southern Maryland, U.S.A
Well...you guys were right again. I removed the carrier and gave both sides of the pinion a whack with a brass punch. Sure enough, the preload on the pinion loosened. So I removed the pinion and used the old races to better seat the new ones. I thought I did a pretty good job, but the feeler gauge tip was money. I checked with my smallest .0015 and sure enough a could slip it in between the race and the housing on the larger race on one half side. So I gave it a few more whacks and got it tight. Great tip!
I'm now in the process of setting it up again. I just decided to leave the .023 pinion shim and see where I go from there. There is already a noticeable difference in how much shim I'm needing to get the right backlash, more than before, a sure sign the pinion moved in the right direction. Gave up for the night.
Thanks guys, making progress...
1966 Chevelle SS, 355 V-8, TH-350.