Cliff and Alan,
Thanks for the input. It will get looked at for sure.
Once I start looking at it I'm sure Ill have many more questions. I need to get it fixed asap. A couple hundred bucks now will save me thousands later
Cliff - thanks for the mention about the mitre box and coupling. Those are things I never would have thought to check. The initial noise and damage I may find could be an indicator to a larger problem.
Ill keep on this and let everyone know what I find out. Details to come by end of month.
1984 Eagle Model 10S