|12-10-2012 04:50 PM|
i wasn't referring to your safety when i recommend not welding on your steering and cantilevering the shaft
i was referring to the safety of everyone you pass while driving down the road
i still recommend not to do this
you could notch the frame and have a safe fix or you can choose the sketchy path albeit the easy path
|12-10-2012 06:54 AM|
Thanks for reassuring me. I figure at the end of the day it will actually be way stronger since it will basically become a solid rod as opposed to hollow. The weld will basically just stop the smaller rod from sliding out. Seems to me that 3/4 inside of 1" with fillet welds must be stronger than those wimpy screws that go through the u-joints. Thanks again.
|12-09-2012 10:19 AM|
|12-09-2012 08:34 AM|
|SSedan64||What about notching the Frame?|
|12-06-2012 11:18 AM|
unless your a very good welder i would have a problem with you welding anything on your steering.
you'd be a lot better off and safer notching the frame to get your clearance or moving your column over half an inch to allow for a u-joint.
extending the dd shaft 6 inches out from the support bearing in the end of you column adds a lot of stress to the shaft, especially when you hit a pot hole.
i would not recommend welding an extension on the dd shaft.
|12-06-2012 06:21 AM|
|JOHNSHENOUDA||I think the best thing to do is buy a 3/4 double d shaft. I think a solid 3/4 shaft will slide inside the 1" shaft nub that sticks out of the bottom of the column about 2". Once she is inside I can weld the "rim" of the two pieces together. At that point I imagine she should be like a rock.|
|12-05-2012 05:52 PM|
|bob70||Do you have enough outside the column to shorten the shaft to gain clearance for a u-joint which you may need anyway?|
|12-05-2012 05:40 PM|
|12-05-2012 11:04 AM|
|12-05-2012 10:58 AM|
YES,you can extend the shaft,grind both pieces of shaft,(original plus piece you are welding) into a V shape after grinding,hold pieces together,your V gap should be at least 1/4 to 3/8 inch,weld it GOOD,fill that gap,grind smooth,then using a piece of thin wall tubing,drill holes in tubing,put tubing equidistant from joint,,weld thru holes into shaft,then weld both ends of tube to shaft...it will be bulletproof.
|12-05-2012 10:17 AM|
|JOHNSHENOUDA||my issue is at the end of the column not the vega bos. I have to get the d shaft down past the frame rail so that i can attach a u joint or something to connect a span to the vega box.|
|12-05-2012 10:03 AM|
|dinger||How is the rest of the steering going to hook up to the steering box? Is it a direct shot to the box? Probably not, you may need a swivel or something else to make the final connections. I would hesitate to do any welding until you have all this figured out. You might have to squeeze another 1/4 inch or so of clearance and use a heim joint in there somewhere. Here's some photos and info from this site: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/vega...rd-209544.html|
|12-05-2012 09:15 AM|
|JOHNSHENOUDA||The shaft is inside the column, I am worried about taking it apart and have thousands of parts. The column is tilting, with a key, turn signals, hazard etc. Have you ever disassembled one?|
|12-05-2012 08:40 AM|
|SSedan64||What length do you need?|
|12-05-2012 08:25 AM|
i can weld but in your case i'd make sure i'd got a REAL welder to do it. but i don't see any problems if its done right..
don't they make a longer shaft somewhere...???
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