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Old 12-30-2001, 03:32 PM
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Question Driveshaft fabrication


I have a 1953 ford with a 350 chevy / turbo 350 and stock rearedn. I was talkign to my uncle who has built a butt load of cars and he says i could probably get like a driveshaft with one end for the turbo 350 thats longer than i need and cut it and weld on teh piece for the reaer-end. He said if i was careful i coudl probabyl get away with not having it balanced.

What do you think? I have a lincon arc welder? IT seems possible and do-able. I mean i m not drag racing this thing. Its just a cruiser. Has anyone ever done this?

Thanks in advance for any help,

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I have done several drive shafts that way and had good success. if you do get vibration you can balance it by trial and error by using a hose clamp on the shaft. get one that is just long enough so there is not a long end sticking out. Put the clamp close to the ends and you may need more than one.
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Old 12-31-2001, 07:39 AM
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For every success story with a homemade drive shaft i will show you 25 that did not work and caused damage to pinion bearings,vibrations,broke and tore the floor up and eats u-joints. Could you get away with it ?? Maybe.. but if you had a driveshaft made you would not beleive how much smoother your ride car /truck would be. Save your pennys and have it cut by a driveline shop.Around here i buy brand new balanced driveshafts for 185-240 depending on the application(thats with joints and a new yoke) Cut rebalance about 100 bucks so....i allways go new.Like i said you wont beleive the diff,plus your going to have to be a pretty good weldor to stick weld a shaft. Dont forget to take a tape measure with yah to the wreckin yard...sometimes you do find the correct length. Good Luck
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Phat is right on the money with this one. A reputable driveshaft builder is the best insurance yet. Denny`s driveshafts is in my book, one of the best, Give em a shout.
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