Decided to swap in some frpp 4.10 gears and rebuild the pumpkin with new clutch packs.
after about 10 tries to correctly get decent pinion depth, this is what i got.
Oh and i found out the hard way that pinion bearings are not made equal, i had a perfect pattern with the old bearings and crush sleeve. Once i installed some new timken bearings, they threw everything off, and i measured them out to be almost .02 in taller than the stock bearing, so i tried to compensate for that as much as possible.
I only drove like 15 miles so far on them, and i got zero noise on accel and cruising at a constant speed. However, i got a slight whine under decel and can only hear it plainly with the radio off and windows up.
not bad for my first ever install.