Wow, coralman that's a really nice 35 rebuild write-up and as usual it looks like you did it right!
I had wondered if I replaced my pinion bearing w/seal if I could just use the existing shims over, while getting the pre-load torque just right, and not need all the specialty tools? But realize while I'm in there might as well replace the carrier bearing/inner seals and then to do it right would need those type tools/gauges? My gears are still in good shape and have made it a point to change the gear oil in my 35c close to the recommended intervals.
Thought about going with a 35 rebuild kit such as the one below and have had good luck with the Morris 4x4 Center in buying parts. A little more pricy ($203) than others I've seen but it comes with Timken bearings. But maybe I'd be better off in just buying the parts individually since don't need the outer axle bearings/seals since just replaced them?
Below is a cheaper 35 rebuild kit and would kind of worry about the brand/quality of the bearings. Also doesn't come with new bolts and a few other parts in the more pricey kit.