ok, sounds like you inherited all of that. There's a bazzillion parallel leaf straight axle cars out there with a proven solution to each and every one of those problems. I can understand saving some money but it sounds like it cost the PO money because he couldn't solve the problems, and you are spending all that you saved trying to figure out how to be smarter than the PO and fix his headache. All because someone had a 193x axle to use and didn't want to buy/trade/get a 2 leaf straight axle. You can do it I'm sure, it will be neat if you can sort it out -thats for sure.