Welcome to Club Hot Rod!  The premier site for everything to do with Hot Rod, Customs, Low Riders, Rat Rods, and more. 

  •  » Members from all over the US and the world!
  •  » Help from all over the world for your questions
  •  » Build logs for you and all members
  •  » Blogs
  •  » Image Gallery
  •  » Many thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of posts! 

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!  p.s.: For registered members this ad will NOT show

 
Like Tree6Likes
  • 2 Post By shine
  • 4 Post By Mike P

Thread: Custom driveshaft
          
   
   

Reply To Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Scrubline's Avatar
    Scrubline is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Cleveland
    Car Year, Make, Model: '23 T bucket
    Posts
    21

    Custom driveshaft

     



    Please excuse my venting, but why is it everybody wants up to $350 to make me a 15" driveshaft? It doesn't seem to be that labor intensive or time consuming.I already have a slip yoke and donor driveshaft to shorten. Am I wrong in my thinking?

  2. #2
    shine's Avatar
    shine is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    bluff dale texas
    Car Year, Make, Model: 47 inderweed
    Posts
    1,897

    nope. most i've ever paid is around 120 .
    cffisher and 40FordDeluxe like this.

  3. #3
    cffisher's Avatar
    cffisher is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Constantine
    Car Year, Make, Model: 57 chevy 2 dr wagon /73 Nova hatchback
    Posts
    9,315

    Don't know where you been looking but check out a few machine shops. I've had to have several made , shortened or lengthened non over $200. that I recall.
    Charlie
    Lovin' what I do and doing what I love
    Some guys can fix broken NO ONE can fix STUPID
    W8AMR
    http://fishertrains94.webs.com/
    Christian in training

  4. #4
    Scrubline's Avatar
    Scrubline is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Cleveland
    Car Year, Make, Model: '23 T bucket
    Posts
    21

    I've checked out places on line, and four shops in the Cleveland area. I'm on a short leash with this t bucket build, my budget is tight and my swap meet search for parts is on hold until spring. I'll keep looking for a reasonable shop. Thanks for the input, gentlemen.

  5. #5
    shine's Avatar
    shine is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    bluff dale texas
    Car Year, Make, Model: 47 inderweed
    Posts
    1,897

    i have mine made at a local machine shop. they do mostly farm and ranch stuff. last one was 135 with new joints and new shaft .

  6. #6
    firebird77clone's Avatar
    firebird77clone is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Hamilton
    Car Year, Make, Model: 69 nomad, 73 charger, 74 vega
    Posts
    3,472

    There are several threads on this site which detail exactly how to do it yourself.
    .
    Education is expensive. Keep that in mind, and you'll never be terribly upset when a project goes awry.
    EG

  7. #7
    Mike P's Avatar
    Mike P is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    SW Arizona
    Car Year, Make, Model: 57 Plymouth, 37 Dodge PU, 83 El Camino
    Posts
    3,351

    I'm one of those that occasionally builds (shortens) my own shafts. It's really not that hard. You do need a way to cut the end of the shaft perfectly square and the ability to weld the yolk but it's not rocket science. For cutting the shaft I normally use a plumbers pipe cutter.

    87 Ram 50 Engine Swap

    Then it's pretty much just properly indexing the yolk and hammering/pressing it in. Tacking it in 4 places (rechecking to make sure it stayed square) and welding it.

    As far as the cost you were quoted it depends on what's included. The last shaft I built was for the 37. I started with a factory shaft that was too long. I didn't have a driveshaft with the proper yolk to use as a donor so I ended up having to buy a new driveshaft yolk ($50 + shipping).......even if you provided a donor shaft with the proper yolk most shops would charge you at least that for salvaging the used yolk and cleaning it up. Then of course there were 2 new U-joints (about another $50). If I had needed to send the shaft out for balancing (which I didn't) that would have added another $110. Having the driveshaft shop actually do the shortening and welding in a new yolk would have been another $100 putting me at $320 (including shipping).

    Basically if the work includes balancing the $350 is really not that out of line (especially when you consider markup on the parts) ......if it's not balanced it seems a bit high.


    .
    Last edited by Mike P; 02-11-2019 at 05:54 AM.
    NTFDAY, cffisher, rdobbs and 1 others like this.
    I've NEVER seen a car come from the factory that couldn't be improved.....

  8. #8
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    6,476
    Blog Entries
    1

    You need to check heavy truck shops in your area and see what drive line repair shop they're using. I usually can get a single piece shaft shortened and balanced for $90 by the shop I use here locally.
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  9. #9
    DennyW is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    outahere
    Posts
    1,079

    That's what I always did when I needed one redone. Local truck shop. For my truck now, I will do this one myself.

Reply To Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Links monetized by VigLink