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Steering Shaft Question

My question is concerning a drag strip only 1980 Monza. The steering shaft that links the steering column and the pinto rack. I have a length of 1/2" dia by 1/16" wall tubing (mild steel) and was thinking I could cut a length of this tubing and weld two universals on and have a steering shaft. The critic in me says the tubing is not strong enough. What do you guys think?

Bob

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You are right.....1/2" thin wall seamed mild steel tubing would not be strong enough.
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Don Meyer is right. Bad Idea to use that mild steel small OD thinwall.

If you are really trying to save weight......

Morrison sells some steering columns using 3/4 od X .058" 4130 chrome moly tubing. That would be the MINIMUM that I would use.

I would TIG weld a splined adapter to the tubing and then fix a splined U-joint to the adapter with set screws.

Double D adapters/ U-joints would work too.

Don't weld on u joints.

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Steering Shaft

Thanks for the Morrison tip I think I will go that way. At 150 mph steering is good! Too the best of my recollection anyway.

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