Originally posted by 302/Z28
Hey Willys, you found any alternative to the expensive U-joints and intermediate shaft to connect a culumn to the gear?
Yes, in fact I have. I have been able a lot of the time to find stock rag joint, double-D shafts that fit both splines. Length is usually too long so I break the nylon locks between the tube and shaft on the double-D connection. Then sometimes all that is needed is to shrink the length and install. On the '42 Willys pickup, we needed to take the two apart and shorten them a lot. If you do that, just be sure there is at least 6" of overlap when the two are slid together. I actually feel safer with these than with the delicate looking joints that the after market guys sell, although I use those too. Am using a Borgeson U-joint on my '53 Chevy pickup 'cause that is all that will fit.