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Paint on drive shafts

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by skyblazer, Aug 3, 2001.

  1. skyblazer

    skyblazer 1/2 ton status

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    Just finishing up installing the driveline in my 72 K5. My neighbor claims that painting the driveshafts will throw off the balance. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Burt4x4

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    hmmm....... I would have to say an even coat of paint will not do a damn thing to the balancing. The balance weights are way heavier than a coat of paint. I don't know for sure this is just my thoughts..........

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  3. skyblazer

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    Thats what I thought, thanks Burt. Hey did you ever build that 383. I'm going to start on mine today. I've got $2000 in parts sitting in my living room and my wife comes back tomorrow..doh.
     
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    hahahaha, no but I am still going to doit! I have a 350 block and I am working on getting some heads next. The good thing is my current 350 is still running fine so I can take my time with the 383 build up.
    talk to ya later

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    I painted my with engine paint gm blue

    IF its not broke , break it and upgrade it.
     
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    Your neighbor's nuts. If the paint is fairly even, you will be hard-pressed to throw the balance off by an amount that is many orders of magnitude smaller than what the driveshaft machines are capable of measuring. Think of it this way: A driveshaft is about 2.5" in diameter and a clutch cover is about 13" in diameter. If the coat of paint is just slightly uneven on either of them, the clutch cover will show it more. A lot of clutch covers have paint on them. FWIW, I have balanced clutch assemblies and repainted them with no ill effects (on engines that routinely saw over 9K RPM).
     

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