Finally the suspension is starting to go
back in. The garage has been looking like a butchers shop with painted
components hanging everywhere.
Luckily I decided to check the diff housing
before I installed the diff centre. I found that the housing was bent to
the extent that the rear left wheel had 5/16 toe out. The misalignment
can be seen clearly in the photo above. I was surprised how easy it was
to straighten, with the axles installed and the housing heated red hot
at the outer edge at the point the fabricated housing is welded to the
forged flange and a lever used to push the axle down in the centre, it
came back to straight at our first attempt. Careful checking with straight
edges held to the axle flanges on both sides confirmed our success.