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steering shaft mock up, what ya think?

Proposed route for my steering shaft... any ideas? How does it look? Thinking about the ujoint being too close to the header and may cook the lube out of the bearings? Heat shield may be in order. Support bearing will be in the motor support coming off the frame.

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If you are putting in a support bearing I would suggest going to a double u-joint in the middle. Use your single up near the bottom of the column. That would let the shaft kick down and back a bit to get the u-joint out of the heat zone.
Here are some pics of what I had to do on my van build. The corvette rack is kicked forward about 35 degrees to get the angles I needed for joint articulation. The upper joint is a double to get it around the corner.

The mid bearing mount is bolted through the firewall and plated on the inside also.

Another option would be to have the headers Jet Hot coated. That would cut down on the radiated heat and also keep the engine compartment a bit cooler.
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