thanks all for your ideas regarding the steering arm i have dubbed "stanley" he and i will undoubtetly meet again and this time i will prevail!!! I feel "armed" with the experience of this site and all members are in my corner. My next day off from work will be the showdown, come one come all, it's gonna be bloodbath. I have another question. While the drivers wheel was in the air on a jackstand, i grabbed the sides and wiggled it, i had a lot of movement from side to side. it moved the draglink and even thik it moved the pitman arm where it attaches to the old rusty steering box. do i need to go crossover now, or what? I had gnarly death wobble before i replaced my steering stabilizer, i now know that was a band aid fix,. bearings? ball joints? please assist and lead me into the valley of the wise.