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Technical How to measure for shortening a Ford closed drive torque tube

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 53OlderThanMe, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Hopefully this helps someone else that needs to shorten their torque tube and driveshaft. The following photos explain how to setup for the measurement and where to measure to and from. Important to remember is this measurement will be the desired torque tube length. The difference between this measurement and old torque tube lengths is how much the torque tube and driveshaft will each need to be shortened. There are many methods to perform the actual shortening so I won't get into that here. I will give a shout out to Rusty from Dirtys Speed Shop who taught me how to do this and shortened my torque tube and driveshaft.
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  2. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,857


  3. 1423450275701.jpg 1423450302668.jpg 1423450327178.jpg Last photos showing shortened drive line.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
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  4. Nice easy step-by-step . . . thanks! I need to do this on a frankensteined Columbia for a 32, so this helps me validate my work! Take care.


  5. midroad
    Joined: Mar 8, 2013
    Posts: 284


    The hamb comes through again. I've been asking everybody I know here in Australia how to measure this, but hardly anyone does it here.
    Thanks for a beautifully simple method!
  6. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,449


    Awesome! Glad I could help you out, looks good under there too

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