probably won't get a better picture than this.
engine was warm, so i used a metal rod to see if there was slack. there is a liiittle bit, but nothing that seems too alarming. maybe 1/4 millimeter in each direction?? if that makes sense...
Again, I don't have the rattle sound, but Mr. 5, going back to your original area of concern, perhaps the rattling is not coming from the gap between the gold piece and the teardrop piece, but between the teardrop piece and the rod/connecter