i was trying to come up with a decent looking shift shaft for my truck and just didn't want to go with something off the shelf or some screw on extension so I decided to have a blacksmith shape the existing shaft. I can't take credit for the idea of having a blacksmith stretch and shape a gear shift shaft as it came from a fellow HAMB'er, but I'm quite happy with the results. Here are some pics of the process. First blacksmith David Collier, hit the threads of the T5 with a grinding wheel. Then he heated the entire length of the shaft to even out the hardness so as not to fracture it during stretching. Then the work begins with the hammer and power hammer. We traced out the original shape and what we hoped to get when finished. If you look close you will see the original shape and the final length (at hash mark) Starting to take shape.... Got the length desired. Putting the bend in the shaft. All done! Welding a 3/8-24 bolt stub onto shaft end. A little clean up with wire wheel. In place and all done. Hope this helped those of you trying to figure out a shaft solution. I think the hammer marks give it a nice vintage look. Thanks to blacksmith David Collier of Broken Hammer Forge in Maryland!