OK, for those unfamiliar, I'm closing in on finishing my powertrain swap. See my sig for the build thread, but the long and the short of it is a Ford 302, NP435, and EB Dana 20.
I'm at the point where I need driveshafts. As much as I like Tom Woods (when I called I actually spoke to the
Tom himself, super cool cowboy type of guy, sounded like what I imagine the Marlboro Man sounds like) I think I can get away with just coming up with my own solution. I was thinking a junkyard shaft from something that works and have it cut and balanced by a local speed shop for lie $50.
Here's where things get wierd. The front axle is a factory Dana 30, which is getting trussed and has the CAD eliminator now, but I plan on eventually going with chromo 1 piece shafts. So I have to figure out how to get that pinion u-joint to fit the same shaft as the output on the 1968 EB Dana 20.
The rear axle is a Ford 8.8 from an '01 Mountaineer, posi (in retrospect, a mistake) and disc brakes. I have the flange adapt from MORE. I have to make that work with the output from the Dana 20 as well.
My DS lengths are going to be all out of whack now because the powertrain is actually significantly shorter than the factory one. I have a DS from a 70s Ford 250 that is about 10 miles long, which I can cut to size, and a ZJ double cardon slip shaft from a buddy who sold his rig. I have no problem hacking these up to make something work, they were both free, and are otherwise just taking up space.
So how do you all recommend I go about this? Keep hackn' n fabbin'? Or just sack up and call Tom back with some measurments?
Also, what type of shafts should I be looking for here for the front and rear? Slip joint? Double Cardon? Single Cardon? I've read a lot of arguments about one versus the other style. FWIW, the 8.8 is staying with limited slip for the forseeable fututre because of cost, and the 30 is getting a selectable locker.
Thanks everyone, for any more detailed info about the rig, check out the build thread in my sig.