With the transmission case and internal gears assembled, I've a few smaller details to finish up.
The M7000A rebuild kit comes with a tailshaft seal but not the bushing. I ordered the bushing and the speedometer gear from CJ Pony Parts this past Wednesday. They are often a little slower on shipping but the cost was good. I don't mind waiting as there are other things I need to finish up and money to save to finish up the project anyway.
I purchased a replacement input bearing retainer which is steel instead of aluminum. The aluminum piece was held in place with four 8mm bolts (right in picture below). The new one has beveled bolt holes so it seems like you would need more of a machine screw to hold it in place properly (left in picture below). The bolts only get torqued to 20 ft/lbs so the machine screws should hold up but I don't really know what I'll do here.
I also need to set the endplay on the input shaft. When I bolt down the input bearing retainer, it is more difficult to turn the input shaft. I don't have any shims behind the input bearing so I'm wondering why there is not more clearance. I'll check to makes sure the input bearing is fully seated when I have time to go out in the garage next. If this is the issue, it is very easy to fix.