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shorting a collapsible steering shaft

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by brpowel4, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. brpowel4
    Joined: Jul 31, 2006
    Posts: 107


    I just picked up a collapsible steering shaft from a Dodge dart. its roughly 41 inches long. i need it to be about 34 inches long. the top part is a 3/4 double D shaft that slides into a round shaft.

    IS there anyway i can smack it with a hammer to "collapse" it down to 34 inches and still use it? thought i'd try that before cutting the top off and welding it to a new shaft.

    IS there anything inside the shaft (i.e liquid) to act as an absorbent. right now it doesn't slide freely so i don't know if rust is preventing it from moving or something inside the shaft is.

    Any thoughts?

  2. Angliaman
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 67

    from Forney, Tx

    The shaft should collapse as far as the double d is machined into the round part of the shaft with little problem. The mass jacket/tube will collapse to just as it would in a wreck. Hammer and a 2x4 are the tools I use to do it....
  3. daliant
    Joined: Nov 25, 2009
    Posts: 684


    Whack away, there's not liquid in the shaft just two little nylon sheer pins
  4. cooljunk
    Joined: Dec 18, 2007
    Posts: 423


    I took the D shaped parts apart (nylon pins)shortened each half and reassembled and welded. Of course the colapasability is lost.

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