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swapped to 4speed from auto now drive shafts too short...

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#1 gerstboh



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Posted 25 April 2009 - 06:17 PM

I swapped my auto tranny to a 4 speed out of an 87' yota p'up..the manual tranny was about two inches shorter than auto, i reused the longer primary driveshaft and short secondary which was already on my belair but still came up too short.. I used some afro engineering to get it too work but I'm scurred.. which driveshaft can i use to fill the gap ? or do i need to have one made?

#2 nibs


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Posted 02 May 2009 - 09:33 AM

It won't be too difficult to get the original lengthened, look up driveshafts in the yellow pages. Don't go to 'ace driveshafts' you want it done well, I had one fail on a logging truck once, good thing it was empty. On a down hill you could loose brakes.

#3 bajadulce


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Posted 02 May 2009 - 11:14 AM

I had a similar problem about 10 years ago. Everything is a bit fuzzy, but it sounds like the manual driveshaft might have came out of a shortbed? There are prob 4 driveshafts configurations. Auto longbed/shortbed and Manual longbed/shortbed.

here's a great place to get info on this sort of thing:

When I converted my 80 longbed auto to manual the guys at California Mini trucks set me up with the correct driveshaft. I just traded my old auto one in + the driveshaft from the manual shortbed one and they gave me a new one for a few bucks.
http://www.calminitruck.com/ Call them up, they'll tell you which one you need so you'll know what to look for in your area.

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