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1970 chevelle driveshaft for T-400

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im looking for some advice before doing anything
i have a 70 chevelle ( without drive shaft )
im going to get an old complet 1973 chevy truck with a 454 and th400 ,and swap the engine in the chevelle and keep the original rear end 10 bolt



my concerne is the drive shaft
i dont want to spend amount off money for a driveshaft
do you have any suggestion ?

thanks

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Well if you can not spend any money, You will have to find one for free & Then you need to have a good buddy who can cut it, Weld it , Balance it, Oh and then you need new Free U joints & U bolts!! DONE!!
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Vincentnova,

I would take the shaft from the truck and have it cut to fit the car. The shop will be able to install the correct "U"joint for the rear of the shaft so as to match up to the 10 bolt rear end. They may want the car at their shop so they can measure from the trans to rear end so they can cut the shaft to fit correctly.
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hello
im looking for some advice before doing anything
i have a 70 chevelle ( without drive shaft )
im going to get an old complet 1973 chevy truck with a 454 and th400 ,and swap the engine in the chevelle and keep the original rear end 10 bolt



my concerne is the drive shaft
i dont want to spend amount off money for a driveshaft
do you have any suggestion ?

thanks
You sure won't be going very far without buying a driveshaft!!

You will need the correct passenger car 400 yoke/tailshaft, if you plan on using the 400 trans. Most trucks use a stationary bolt on yoke. Unsuitable for your application. Then you can measure and get a shaft made.
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well im ok to spend money , but not 400
when i looked online its pretty expansive and i dont one in aluminium
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what kind of shop could this job ?
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It will be cheaper if the truck shaft is to long for your needs.. You could install a tube yoke in one end and use a conversion joint in the other.

But if the shaft is to short for your needs then your gonna have to retube.
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ahhhh the tube yoke look a good idee yes
thanks im gonna to think about that
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hello
im looking for some advice before doing anything
i have a 70 chevelle ( without drive shaft )
im going to get an old complet 1973 chevy truck with a 454 and th400 ,and swap the engine in the chevelle and keep the original rear end 10 bolt



my concerne is the drive shaft
i dont want to spend amount off money for a driveshaft
do you have any suggestion ?

thanks
Depending on the lengths of the two tailshaft housings involved, the existing shaft could be close. Longshot but worth checking IMO.

If they're similar I would see what the existing d-shaft length looked like w/a TH400 front yoke installed.
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Merry Christmas first off, And on to another joke to make the hot rod crowd have a laugh. You can cut the floor and go Fred Flintstone, But it still will be heavy on the pocket!!
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not sure but your truck shaft might be a 2 piece..

you'll be better off getting a new shaft made..
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Depending on the tube diameter.. You could use the tube yokes and just change the tube and save a little money.
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