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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Another drive shaft question

Alright I've been reading and doin some research but I still need some help or maybe some advice from someone experienced. I need a drive shaft that will handle 525lb/ft in my 64 impala. I looked at denny's drive shaft and they want 500 bucks for a 2 peice drive shaft which seems rediculous. Northern Auto Parts makes a "Precision Super Strength" 1310 u-joint. Does anyone have experience running one? I'm trying to avoid spending 500 bucks for a drive shaft that will handle the 1350 u-joint but I don't want to break the 1310 and be down and out for a weekend either. I usually drop from 2500 rpm and I would like to run some sort of drag slick this summer if that matters. Someone in a previous thread said the 1310 would hold and get the front end off the ground but I wasn't all together sure about that, no offense intended. Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 09:34 AM
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I spent $480 just getting my stock drive shaft shortened, balanced and a slip joint installed. I seem to recall the drive shaft shop said the stock shaft is good for about 400-450 ft/lbs

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 09:35 AM
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A 1310 is the smallest universal used. It was what the factory put in all of it's six and small V-8 cars. When the horsepower went up the factory installed a 1330 joint instead of the 1310. the 1350 is out of a one ton truck with diesel power plant and will survive the irresistible force when pushing an immovable object. If you can afford slicks you can not afford to run a 1310 universal. A local drive shaft shop (almost every moderate sized town has at least one), can build you a new drive shaft with 1350 universals for less than $500. I have had them made locally for several vehicles and my John Deere’s tractor PTO to bush hog when I added an over riding safety clutch and never came close to $500.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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ok I just got off the phone with the drive shaft guy and he says 4-5 hundred which I guess I'll have to live with but he said he can get the 1150 u-joints in but that the 2in tube will have to stay and he can't do anything with the carrier bearing. What is everyone else running?
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