Strange day, weird occurrences...
Checked the clutch stack-up as per the link above, things are not perfectly level, but within 0.009", and I settled on a 0.020" shim. Now soaking the clutches... Put the non-clutch half of the carrier together and managed to break one of the concave spider gear shims. I'm hoping QP
will send me one. So that's on hold.
Started on the pinion and found the following. Had to hammer/pull the yoke on/off every time. Although it gets easier each time, I still need to pull it on with the nut and use a puller to get it off. My solid spacer assembly (0.443" bare and 0.017", 0.020", & 0.041" shims), even without shims, was too thick to give the right preload. I ended up turning 0.015" off the face and using the 0.017" shim to get 22 in/# preload using my old (sanded slip-fit) bearings and races. Will this change when I swap to the new bearings & races?
The end of the pinion is marked 1.028", is this measured from the end of the pinion to the carrier bearing surface? Is this a "must" or just something to start with?
Think I found a use for a few of my old Buick turbo 6 head studs, they'll make a great ring gear alignment/assembly tool.