thanks for the reply.
the knuckle was an ebay purchase, but i suspect it was a torqueing problem after a misthread start?
i have experienced the results of simian mechanics many times........
also, a 50% success rate on used parts via ebay, a route i will try and avoid in the future.

i appreciate your opinion, and suspect i will be fine- it feels o k.

'94 "tracker", with some parts from suzi the psychic.
other modifications made, with more to come.
some intentional.
suzitoo should get me fishing.