Damn, you have a good eye. Tightening up the lower stator screw along with loosing the top coil and pulling down to get every bit of the slop out has taken 99%, if not 100%, has cured it. Will check again tomorrow with fresh eyes. I was able to confirm that I have enough clearance without removing timing mechanism...at least on this mitsu. Assuming fresh eyes confirms it, will put it through the paces tomorrow. Impressive set of eyes you you have!