Paul, I roamed around the junkyard, probably measured about 50 shafts until I
found one from an 80's
Oldsmobile station wagon that fit "as-is". I found that most sedan drive
shafts from the 80's will
generally be too short, and I found that a 70-72 Chevelle was about 1/2" too
long. I bought my Olds
drive shaft for $10 and just went to the LAPD (local auto parts dealer) for new
Wally / Templeton, MA (in heaven while crawling around the local boneyard)
53 3100 rod project
72 Chevy Malibu
> I set the engine and transmission (350/350) in the bare frame for the
> last time this weekend. It's all nestled in there nice and pretty. I
> have the power steering & alternator on, the power brake master cylinder
> is in place and I'm about ready for brake lines and a driveshaft.
> I measured the distance from the end of the transmission output spline
> to the u-joint and came up with 55". The u-joint measurement is 3 1/2"
> wide with 1 1/2" u-bolts. Do you all have any recommendations on either
> a donor drive shaft or recommendation on having one built? I was
> thinking of contacting denny's drive line service or Inland Empire -- I
> see them advertise in the magazines quite a bit. There is also a shop
> in Springfield MO, called Springfield brake that re-arched and rebuilt
> the springs that can fabricate drivelines. I can contact them to see
> what a drive shaft would run.
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