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Homade U-joint steering shaft, with pics

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by backyardbuilt, May 25, 2003.

  1. backyardbuilt

    backyardbuilt 1/2 ton status

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    I had heard about using a 80's van steering shaft with u-joints to make your own. Well I got a 80's van for free and pulled the shaft and forgot about it. Well I pulled it out the other day and started looking at it and found that all that was needed was to cut the ends of my stock (79 blazer) shaft off measure for lenght weld the steering box end together and instant double u-joint shaft for free. Best part it has a rubber isolater from the van which borgenson charges extra for. Everything bolts up just like stock and was very easy to do. Saved over 300$ on this simple project. Just wanted to share for all those who want a u-jointed shaft but don't have the cash for one. Here are the pics.
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  2. Muddytazz

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    Nice, how well does it work and what did you use?
     
  3. backyardbuilt

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    Just got done with it so I haven't had it out of the driveway but the 1/2 of play I had with the stock setup is gone in the driveway. Any 8o's chevy van steering shaft and cut the ends off your stock shaft and it all slips together. Couldn't be easier.
     
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    sweet deal, will have to keep that in mind /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. 55Willy

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    mini van or full size?
    I need to make one cause I'm moving the column over alitte bit.
     
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    Oops fullsize sorry little details, I always forget them.
     
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    sweet! thanks "A junkyarding we well go.....
     
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    Nice mod! I'm going junkyard shopping for one ASAP! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    It will be to easy for you to do, you should buy a bunch of them and mass produce them cheap for ck5 and your site and send me royalties every month. LOL
     
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    Check !

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    I got it out sat. and it worked great and alot of the slop is gone I think it will all be gone when I fix the leaks and bearings in the steering box. It seems to steer much easier, and since the van joint had a rubber isolator on it I got no vibration in the wheel.
     
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    Very cool tip!
     
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    I got my 2wd truck box and my van column piece the other day. Thanks for the tip man. gonna help me out alot since I'm having to slide the column over a bit for the narrower body.
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    Great to hear mine has been working great the rubber is old so I get a little vibration in the steering wheel but I can live with that since the steering is great now. Still working on my hydro setup. Basically just need the ram and lines.
     
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    Ok, bringing this back to the top with a ?. I got the van shaft today and plan to do this mod. I have a shaft to cut up that is in my 73 pick up. What exactly do I need to do? It looks pretty easy but I don't want to screw up the only spare shaft I have.
     
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    I just did this mod yesterday. The steering box end of the van link needs to be removed from the compression slider next to it. You will then need to cut your stock steering shaft to fit in theis end. Weld it up and your done keeping the nylock locks on the shaft. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Measure twice - cut once!
     
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    Take the van shaft apart so you have 2 pieces and lay them next to you truck shaft in the corresponding places. It will become very clear what you need to do atleast it did to me. Like borrego said measure carefully as the top joint will need to slip so too much it will hit too little it will come apart. I think I'm gonna use my new connection to make some of these up to sell.
     
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    Thanks for the help. I talked to a friend of mine and his dad builds these all the time for street rods. He said the parts are basically identical to the high doller shafts you can buy.
     
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    I know, I have a $80 u joint here from my 40 coupe project..damn things aren't cheap,LOL
     

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