[quote="BayAreaAstro Going to look into rebuilding the rear-end. I can tackle the job if not too tricky and if it doesn't require specialty tools.
Re-building the rear end is tricky. It's actually arguably the trickiest possible thing you can do to a vehicle. Some refer to the ability to set up a rear end as a black art. Sorcery can be involved and I've heard tell of extreme cases involving sacrifices. Here is a link with some step by step so you get a feel for what you're looking at;http://www.s10forum.com/forum#/topics/19061?page=1
Specialty tools will be required which ones depend on how deep into it you go.
Outer axle bearings, races and seals will require you to pull the axles but doesn't involve disturbing the ring and pinion gears. Carrier bearings will require that you pull the center chuck and now you're "into it". EVERYTHING MUST GO BACK EXACTLY AS IT WAS. If your lucky it will fall back in spec. If not, your resetting pinion depth and backlash as you re-shim again and again. I've done mine three times and it's still not exactly right. So read up on it. Watch utube videos. It's a patience thing. There's a bit of math involved. But if you pull it off, you will have done something most back yard mechanics can't say. " ya I re-built the rear end".