After recently rebuilding the rear end on my 15 touring I proceeded to bolt up the drive shaft housing to the transmission.
There was about a 3/4" gap which I was able to pull up tight with the 4 bolts/nuts. Later I thought that if I had put on the wheels and lowered the cars weight on them, that gap probably would have closed up putting far less strain on the bolts/nuts, transmission ears, etc.
Yesterday I decided to replace the top two bolts with something closer to original, and decided to loosen all 4 bolts/nuts to see if the gap had closed up.
Well, there was still a 1/4" gap there, even with the weight of the car on the rear end.
So here's the question: Is that gap something to be concerned about? It pulled up tight easily. Would it be a good idea to loosen the rear spring hangers and attempt to let things realign themselves ?
Bud: Get behind the rear axel & give agood push forward with both boots. The ball has to seat in the "4th main". Gravity is a Bitsch.
I really don't think it's a problem, but you can loosen the four nuts clamping the rear spring to the frame before tightening up the drive shaft housing to trans screws. Maybe the rear spring resettles a little, then you can tighten everything up again
Bud: Did you think of the rear spring hangers, as a thought you might loosen them and tighten the ball cap bolts and the the spring hangers. Just my thoughts.