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Technical Drive shaft length?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mcmopar, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
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    mcmopar
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    from Strum, wi

    I need to get a new drive shaft for my truck, after I changed rear axles. The old one is about a inch short. I am looking for a aluminum one. I plan on going to a salvage yard with a tape measure, but I was wondering if anyone has a list of lengths, or what aluminum ones came in.
    Tony
     
  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,635

    BJR
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    1964 Chevy swb truck 61"

    1996 Astro van rwd 50"

    1980 chev swb truck w/ long tail shaft 57"

    1985 Olds Delta 88 57"

    1985-85 Chev swb truck w/ 700r & 350 trans 55 1/2"

    1974 Chev swb truck w/350 long tail shaft 56 1/2"

    1974 Chev swb truck w/ 350 short tail shaft 59 1/2"

    1984 Chev swb truck w/700r 54 1/2"

    1992 Chev swb truck 59"

    1973-81 Jimmy/Blazer w/ 4 spd 53 3/4"

    1984 Olds Cutlass 54"

    1979 Camaro w/ 350 48 1/2"

    1977-80 Caddillac V8 52"

    1975-80 Granada/Monarch V8 53 13/64"

    1970 Chevelle 55 1/2" (I found another Chevelle driveshaft that was 1/8" longer and was told some were longer than that, but I don't know what years)


    85 Ford f250

    front 34"-36" u-joints 1.125 od caps 3.622 outside locks


    97 Chevy suburban

    front 32"-33.5" u-joints 1.125 od caps 2.556 inside locks

    rear 55" u-joints 1.125 od caps 2.556 inside locks


    01 Honda passport

    rear 40.5"-42.5" u-joints 1.062 od caps


    83 Chevy suburban

    front 27.5" installed length 32" with cv not sure on slip yoke range

    rear 53"


    04 Chevy suburban

    front 30" no slip yoke

    rear 54.5"


    95 jeep grand Cherokee 32 compressed 35 extended including double cardan. 1310 joints


    90 K1500 Reg Cab 8' Box V8 Np241 Rear Shaft 55"

    02 Sonoma Crew 5.5" Box 4.3 Np231 Rear Shaft 53"


    96-98 K1500 Front Shaft V8 NP241 collapsed 32.5"


    00-03 K1500 Reg Cab 8' Box V8 Np261 Rear Shaft 57.5"

    88-98 C1500 Reg cab 6' box V8 700R4 Rear Shaft 56.5"

    96-98 K1500 Ext Cab 6' Box V8 Np243 Rear Shaft 65.5"


    96-98 K1500 Front Shaft V8 NP241 collapsed 32.5"


    00-03 K1500 Reg Cab 8' Box V8 Np261 Rear Shaft 57.5"

    88-98 C1500 Reg cab 6' box V8 700R4 Rear Shaft 56.5"

    96-98 K1500 Ext Cab 6' Box V8 Np243 Rear Shaft 65.5"
     
  3. ERguitar
    Joined: Aug 26, 2018
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    Good luck, I hope someone can help. I searched for similar info and didn't really find anything. I eventually did some research on eBay to find what I needed. A lot of the driveshafts listed give w to w and overall lenghts so I kept looking until I found one close, I still had to shorten it though (successfully thanks to info from the hamb).
     
  4. A valuable list list worth saving,thanks bjr.
     
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  5. Also don't over look 2 piece drive shafts if you need a shorter one. I have used the rear half in several builds without having to shorten them. Just swap the yoke. It does take some searching.
    2 piece commonly found in 2wd long bed PU's, some cars.
     
  6. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    Depending on the trans especially GM Speedway, Jegs, Summit sell yokes that are longer by the inch. Dirt cars with a lot of rear end movement use a longer yoke. We do and never have had a problem.
    25 years ago my son and I put a V-8 with a 350 trans in a 7' bed 54 GMC pickup. It needed a 2 piece shaft. I found one at Pick-A-Part from and International Travel All and it was 1" short . Bought a longer yoke and never had a problem.
     
  7. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
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    mcmopar
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    from Strum, wi

    bjr, that is a pretty nice list that I will save and start with it.

    jimmy six, I didn't know about the longer yolk. I have a ax15 tranny now, with a ford rear axle. I will check with them and go from there. Im trying to get my truck done for the George rays race, but the tranny I ordered wont be here til after then and I don't feel like getting a custom shaft made.
    Tony
     
  8. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
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    I used a 2008 Ford Police interceptor. 55 1/4 , 3 1/2" dia. 1350 universals, Alcoa aluminum and high speed balanced, although you'll have to re balance anyway. Has the bolt on flange type yoke, I used my old for a C6.
     
  9. bonzo-1
    Joined: Oct 13, 2010
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    get a longer slip yoke. Speedway has them.
     
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  10. AXE-209510X10LM35_ml.jpg
    I got one of these from Summit with a conversion joint and a 6" yoke for around 200 bucks. ;)
     
  11. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 1,025

    X-cpe

    '68-'72 (& maybe beyond) 4dr & SW 115" whl. base, 2dr 112 whl. base
    My coupster has the front half of a '69 Ford Econoline. 8" Ford rear, Powerglide with course output spline. Uses the same 'U; joints front and rear.

    NAPA (and probably others) has a chart of mix and match 'U' joints. You need distance across both of the cross' and each cap diameter along with internal or external clips. For my '57 PU I used a '79 Firebird driveshaft to join a 9" Lincoln rear and a TH400. Between the yoke and shaft one had internal clips and the other external. The rear and the shaft had different length cross' and diameter caps.
     
  12. mcmopar
    Joined: Nov 12, 2012
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    mcmopar
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    from Strum, wi

    Thanks for the input I will post my results.
    Tony
     

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