Drive shaft repair?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by jeffxlh, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. jeffxlh

    jeffxlh

    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Spicewood, Texas
    Dropped off a rock shelf and mangled the front drive shaft. I have a local shop that I'm sure can cut the ends and build me a new one, or should I look for a used one. Can they be built stronger? I know nothing will hold up to the weight of the vehicle but... Is there any way to give it some protection besides bigger tires?
    :beer: :beer:
     
  2. Poser

    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

    Messages:
    20,397
    Media:
    17
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    810
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2003
    Location:
    MN
    I am cetian that Jess can make one that would be far stronger than stock....


    http://www.highangledriveline.com/



    " Is there any way to give it some protection besides bigger tires? "


    Just consider this another credit in the drivers education class that everyone takes during the game of life...



    Good luck!


    -Steve
     
  3. chuglife

    chuglife

    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2003
    Location:
    Calgary
    i'd rather have the driveshaft be the weak link, as opposed to tcase or pinion... IMO might as well stick with stock.

    but, as i've heard said here before, i don't know nothin' about nothin' :)
     
  4. HawkDriver

    HawkDriver

    Messages:
    3,286
    Media:
    64
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Location:
    No. Ogden, Utah
    I believe the U joint is the most desireable weak link, it's the cheapest part. Not to say that you need weak U joints. I would order up a custom shaft and keep that in mind.

    Oh and Chug, get a new avatar already, it's been like 2 weeks, sheeeesh... :D
     
  5. chuglife

    chuglife

    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2003
    Location:
    Calgary
    i was unaware there was a time limit on avatars ;p

    but you are the second person today to remark on it, so i guess it's time to switch :whoops:
     
  6. HawkDriver

    HawkDriver

    Messages:
    3,286
    Media:
    64
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Location:
    No. Ogden, Utah
    Not so much a time limit, but all I could see whas a little red x and no pic. ;) That's much better :D WTF is it???
     
  7. chuglife

    chuglife

    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2003
    Location:
    Calgary
    yeh, all i saw was a red x as well... what gives? ;p

    it's a banana in my pocket, nothing more.



    /hijack


    while on the subject of driveshafts, how hard is it to make square-tube shafts? is it as simple as it looks?
     
  8. bad_religion_au

    bad_religion_au

    Messages:
    2,213
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2003
    square tubed are as simple as they look in my opinion

    and i agree keep something in the shaft as your fuse :D
     
  9. bustanutley

    bustanutley

    Messages:
    2,285
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Location:
    denver
    square front shaft here. Piece of cake to make, although I got western with it and milled the yokes square to a light press fit for each end of the tubes. I Then welder her up and took comfort in knowing that it was the one piece in my drive train that will not break.

    I also shimmed the inner tube with sheet metal to take up slack in the tubes and now I can go 45mph with out vibs and the hubs locked.
     
  10. jeffxlh

    jeffxlh

    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Spicewood, Texas
    DIY square tubes....HMMM
     
  11. Deep South Cruisers

    Deep South Cruisers 1978 FJ40 ~ 283 V8

    Messages:
    416
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    Jasper, Alabama
  12. HawkDriver

    HawkDriver

    Messages:
    3,286
    Media:
    64
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Location:
    No. Ogden, Utah
    Go get your camera and take some pics for hells sakes. Sheeeesh!!!

    Sounds awesome, let's check it.
     
  13. jeffxlh

    jeffxlh

    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Spicewood, Texas
    I too would love to see a pic.
     
  14. bustanutley

    bustanutley

    Messages:
    2,285
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Location:
    denver
    All I have online at work is my u-joints, let me know if you want me to take some more pics when I get home tonight.


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2005
  15. HawkDriver

    HawkDriver

    Messages:
    3,286
    Media:
    64
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Location:
    No. Ogden, Utah
    Cool, now lets see it all bolted up.
     
  16. bustanutley

    bustanutley

    Messages:
    2,285
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Location:
    denver
    here she is in my truck, its greasy under there :flipoff2: I have new rear main seal sitting on my desk, just have to get motivated.


    [​IMG]
     
  17. HawkDriver

    HawkDriver

    Messages:
    3,286
    Media:
    64
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Location:
    No. Ogden, Utah
    Nice pic, that looks pretty sick. So how did you keep the sheetmetal on and is there much slop at all. Shouldn't be too hard to get a boot over that to keep it clean right?
     
  18. bustanutley

    bustanutley

    Messages:
    2,285
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Location:
    denver

    The sheet metal is the length of the inner tube and is stitch welded on in 3 or 4 places down the length of the tube and also on the ends. The welds are ground flush with the sheet. I think the sheet is 16 GA and there is a shim all on 4 sides. There really isn't any slop at all, when I turn it by hand it makes no clunk sound as it rotates like it did before I shimmed it. Make sure you pack them full of grease, lots of folks put 4 zerks on them and pump them up. Most suggest to fun it the other direction so junk will drain out but I opted to run the other direction to keep the actual slip un-mangled for smooth action. I need to drill some holes in the bottom of the larger tube for stuff to drain but I haven’t been anywhere this summer where it has had an opportunity to fill full of stuff. Some people put shock boots on their's, but I could honestly care less.
     
  19. HawkDriver

    HawkDriver

    Messages:
    3,286
    Media:
    64
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Location:
    No. Ogden, Utah
    Cool man. Good choice putting the slip at the top. Nice work :beer:
     
  20. clemson55

    clemson55

    Messages:
    4,263
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2004
    Location:
    Hampton, VA
    I'll vote for the square tubes as well. They put them on one of the heeps in extreme 4x4 sheered the bolts of but didnt hurt the shaft.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.