The Bird under construction


Steering




This is the path the new shaft needs to take.



This is the view from the bottom, from the rack to the support area.



View of the shaft route from the front.



Install




This is where the support bearing will be mounted.


This is the hole on the other side of the frame rail, and will need to
be made big enough to get the mounting nut and 1 1/8 socket in it.











The set screws on the center joint, all need to be replaced with shorter ones that have the heads just clearing the jam nuts when tight. If not done, the set screws may bind on the headers during acceleration, or deceleration.

Make sure that the shafts do not go past the inner edges of the joints on the center U Joint, or it will cause binding.

The shaft and support mounted with a large washer for added strength.



View from the top



The shaft and joints from the bottom


This is the factory u joint from the top. and the end of a shaft from Flaming River. If you use a dremal tool, you can grind out the inside bottom of the U joint, and use it at the steering wheel end to save $65...


 From Summit:(Free Shipping)
Center U joint  FR1716DD 3/4DD X 3/4DD       1 @  65   65
Bottom u joint  FR1715DD 3/4-36 X 3/4DD      1 @  65   65
Shaft           FR1850 18in x 3/4DD shafting 2 @  19   38
Support bearing FR1810   Support             1 @  27   27
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                                                      195
                                                         
This is done with 3/4 joints and shafts. The upper shaft 
was cut to 17 inches, and the bottom shaft 3 1/4 inch. 
This allows the shafts to fit in the joints, and still 
move in and out some during the install to get them 
fitted.             
 

Same parts direct from Flaming River cost more, plus shipping.


For the firewall, I will use a piece of aluminum and a support bearing from Scogin Enterprises, phone 1-800-745-4232, part number ALL52130 for $17. This will allow you to seal off the firewal hole, and give it a finished look. As you can see above, the shaft comes through the firewall much closer to the left side when the support is used on the frame rail. The factory seal will not fit properly after moving the shaft.


After the aluminum piece is fitted to the fire wall, and the fire wall support bearing is installed to seal it off, and checked, you can tighten the set screws on the support to shaft , then caulk the edges, and the small area on the sides of the shaft at the support.

Here it is with the firewall completed








Phase 3