Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vintage mustang driveshaft tip

While it would seem the big ticket items like a motor or tranny would be the most costly part of a car project. It in fact is almost always the little things that will leave you scrounging for an extra dollar in your wallet. Finishing up the little details on a car can be the most expensive part, but sometimes with a little research you can save big on these little details. That's the case today on my 68 mustang project. Since the motor and transmission has been installed, all that is left to finish the drive train is the drive shaft. 

Unfortunately because its a 68 mustang with a mustang II front end, an 88 mustang roller 302 engine, a T-5 trans and a Heidts ford 9" rear end held in by a custom 4-link suspension. There is no "off the shelf" version the you can buy from a Jegs or summit type warehouse. Now a custom one can range from $300-700+ dollars depending on metal type (steel, aluminum,  carbon fiber) and yolk type.

So, with that said, I know that one of the best things about Ford is their use of interchangeable parts (like the explorer rear end which has 3.73 gears and fits in everything from Mustangs to rangers). This got me thinking and after a little research and several measurements. I knew I needed a 50" drive shaft with a T-5 yolk. And wouldn't you know it, winner winner chicken dinner. Ford explorers 98-04 4dr V8's have the exact length and yolk needed for a direct install. Plus, its aluminum not steel. So, it weighs less, performs better and can be found at most local salvage yards. We found one at ours
and with four bolts, a new u-joint and
$38 later. Our drive line is completed!

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