Ok so you're making a really bitchin van but the engine, trans, and rear are all different than stock and now you need a drive shaft. Here's a quick how to on shortening it your self. I have pictures for most of it but none for the very beginning. Sorry.
Determining what to take out: slide the yoke end of the drive shaft into the tail of the trans. Then pull it back out about 3/4 of an inch (that's what she said). Now measure from the center of the eye (the part of the joint that gets pressed in) on the u joint to the center of where the eye of the rear joint would be when bolted to the rear end. you now have your new drive shaft length. Now subtract that from the length of your current drive shaft. Thats how much to cut out.
Ok here comes the fun stuff! You need to scribe a straight line down the drive shaft. This line will allow you to keep your yokes in exact factory phase when you go to weld it back together. If you get the yokes out of phase you will end with vibration. Get out a metal scribe and a long straight edge. Put the straight edge down the length of the driveshaft centering it off the same u joint centers you used to measure the desired length earlier. Now choose where to make your first cut. This is up to you. Perhaps you want to retain a factory weight or get rid of a dent. It's up to you. Remember to take your time and get a straight cut. This helps a lot when welding it back together. We used a gravity style band saw Which made for a very precise cut. We made our first cut about ten inches from the yoke. We needed to remove 25 1/2 inches from the shaft. Here we are measuring from the first cut to the Blade. Now would be a good time to double check your measurements.
Next we beveled our edges to give the weld a little v shape to lay in to. This helps with penetration ( that's what she said).
Now we take both pieces of the shaft and clamp it between two small pieces of u channel. Make sure you line up your scribed line and of course strip the area where you are going to weld.
If you look closely you can see our scribed center line.
Now place a few tack welds around it. Then finish up with a solid bead. Make sure you ground your welder to te drive shaft and not a u joint bearing. You can ruin the bearings. Putting in new bearings you say? Well then ground wherever you want.
Now grind down your welds. Don't go nuts. Just get it pretty smooth and be done with it.
Next check the fit in the car. This is a 34 ford so we had a pretty short length. 33 1/4 inches to be exact.
She fit like a glove! Now we will take it out and put in new u joints and have it balanced. Then we'll paint it. It's up to you whether you have it balanced or not. As long as you kept your yokes in phase you should be fine. I suppose it depends on the project and your pocket book. Balancing usually costs around $150. Give it a shot first and if you don't have vibration at highway speeds you did well. Good luck and be sure to wear safety equipment when working with power tools. Work smarter not harder.
Well I'm getting my LT-1 engine ready for the 68 no door. We've stripped the block of it's accessories and we're getting it cleaned and ready for paint. After I'll figure out the bracket for the alternator. That will be the only engine accessory. I have the intake and water pump at work and I plan to start polishing those tonight. it should turn out to be pretty fancy. I also bought a wiring harness from kwik wire and a steering wheel from a 54 chevy. It's coming together!
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Well I've been real busy. I'm getting ready for the van nationals in Ohio. I leave in six days. Issue two of custom vanner magazine is on it's way to me from the printer. Hopefully it looks ok because I don't have time to deal with problems. I get the msg Friday and head to the event Monday. We've been working on new fiberglass parts. 3rd Gen chevy sunvisors are ready and
We just finished wing mold for 3rd gens as well. We also have a mold for early econo sunvisors now. Here are some pics. Hope everyone is havin a truckin' awesome summer.
hot rod magazine did a 6 page spread on vans for their july issue and they said some real nice words about my doors, and magazine too. Go out and pick it up if you dig actually owning magazines with vans in them. If you just peep them on the web then keep on scrollin down. We gullwinged a door for a friend in cleveland. Stock sliders make great gullwings. also I finally have my 68 no door. Lots of work ahead on that one.
To give you an idea on head clearance on this door, I'm 6'4".
Nope, not my trike... it's getting a little closer... but that's another story for another day......
I know I've been away for a few weeks..... maybe you didn't notice.... haha.. well, laying out a mag is a little harder than I originally thought but I sorted it out and it was actually a good time...... although my wife might disagree....... but I'm back...... because......
SHOW CLASS Issue 1 is DONE!!
After a ton of hours, very little sleep and more hours on the phone with Clarke than a teenage girl....... the mag is finally out of our hands and the Show Class Store is online.... We created a store and put the mag and some other CLASSY shit up for sale...... get it while you can...... BUT, just remember it will not ship until 6/6/11. We are only printing 1000 copies so make a move before they're gone......
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