Here is some progress:
My dad helped me a little this last weekend and I got some more work done this evening.
We got the rear bumper mounted and tested the springs out. I found out my measurements weren't exactly what I wanted since the rubicon express shackles were put in a bind and weren't flexing back as I jacked the spring up. I decided to make some 1 inch longer shackles out of 1/4" plate. These took awhile, but finally got them mounted and springs in the are. These made everything flex in a more predictable manner. I'm worried I may see a little extra lift in the rear with my new set up but time will tell.
Once springs were mounted set my pinion angle where I wanted it with 2 degree offset, and tacked the spring perches. Pulled the axle out and fully welded them up. This go around was much better that my first time with the welder.
Next step is to bolt the axle in and install the other odds and ends such as brakes, shocks, etc.
Just something different, I looked to see if my old rear drive shaft would reach and its short by and inch when you start to see the splines. Tom woods order will be soon.