I completely disassembled the front end of my syncro, including removing the sub frame. Didn’t pay particular attention to the placement of the sub-frame when it went back in, just figured if the bolts all lined up then it should be good.
A few days ago when I went to put the stock driveshaft back in it didn’t want to fit in place, as if it was a tiny bit too long. That seemed odd but I just used a slip yoke driveshaft that I had purchased from Gowesty some years ago and that fit in no problem (as it has the slip yoke, the length of that shaft is variable).
Then yesterday I installed the spare tire clam-shell (the same one that used to be in this van) but the hole in the front for the support bolt (to hold front of clam-shell up) doesn’t line up perfectly with the threaded hole in the body. (and of course the back of the clam-shell mounts to the sub-frame)
Now I am starting to wonder if the sub-frame isn’t quite lined up correctly. All the bolts are tight with the exception of the 3 differential mounting bolts as I was planning
to tighten them after a short drive. (the entire front suspension, etc. is back in place.)
Does anyone know how much play there is in the sub-frame mounting holes (relative to the threaded holes in the under-body)? Is there something I should have been watching out for as I bolted the sub-frame back in, alignment-wise? It seems like the clam-shell mis-alignment along with the driveshaft fitment (or lack thereof) could indicate a problem.
Any thoughts appreciated.