Well, I got the pinion seal replaced and everything put back together. I drained the differential before I started the project then decided to drain the last bit of oil before refilling the diff. I installed a new copper gasket and started tightening the drain plug, but it would not tighten. I was no where near the torque required, but none the less, the pan is stripped. The brass drain plug threads looks good (of course), so I pulled the sump and cleaned it up. It looks like there's enough metal on the shoulder's to re-thread, but is there a larger drain plug available to fit in the narrow dimensions of the recessed circular slot for the plug (and the socket to install it)? Or is there someone that can helicoil an insert? I'm hesitant to use a Loctite or Permatex repair for such an important part. Thanks again for any suggestions- LP.