OK, so regarding the UJ’s and the alignment question…going through Bentley in the Steering section, when it comes to the UJ’s it refers you to section G, driveshaft. In that section it states, in bold, that the yokes that directly interact with each other, that is to say the inner yokes at each end, must be in phase and it shows a picture of the two said yokes being in the vertical position. From this I assume that this same requirement applies to the steering column UJ’s…and mine are in alignment.
Also, in testing the steering this afternoon using paper on sheet metal under each wheel to reduce friction, this notchy issue only occurs in one direction, anticlockwise.
Also checked the possible fouling of the lower pinch bolt on the frame…no sign of that but it is darned close, which brings me to the next question…due to the aforementioned close proximity to frame issue I’m considering reusing the old UJ, which means the bearings need to be replaced. Doing it is NBD but I’d like to hear from anyone who has done it, where did they get the cups/bearings and whose are good and whose aren’t.
Thanks again for assistance/observations/comments.