Yah, the tubes are in place, haven't budged. It's the center housing, pumpkin, that moved. Currently, measuring across the output seal on the pinion, it is angled up 41 degrees. Ideal is 12 degrees but I can compensate with wedges for anything in the 4-20 degree range.
I don't understand how bleeding the brakes would help and the pinion is angled up rather than down. If it were dowbn I would have lots of options to push up but pulling down is leaving me clueless.
Bleeding the brakes won't help. What Bill was saying is that if you just weld the center section to the tubes as it sits and then correct the pinion angle with shims or by welding new perches, it will rotate your brake backing plate and complete brake assembly......which in turn may make the brakes more difficult to bleed later.....not to mention it will move the diff breather from the top of the tube to the side.
'84 CJ-17: 17" stretch, locked Toy axles, 5.5" lift, FI, AX15, D300 w/twin sticks, boatsides & junk.