not necessarily...carbs were available up until 88 IIRC. I don't see how it could have that much slop and still drive. It would have to be missing 75% of the pinion teeth...Possible your ujoints are totally shot, exaggerating what you're feeling? try to isolate it, meaning put the trans in gear, ebrake on and spin the shaft. watch the ujoints as well as the pinion flange and double check where your movement is coming from.