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#1: aluminum driveshaft Author: BeckLocation: Waterloo, Illinois PostPosted: Wed, Apr 12 2017, 9:46 pm
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I thought I saw a straight walled aluminum driveshaft in a Ford F150 in the salvage yard last week. I went back this afternoon and all I can find are stepped diameter shafts. What I found was in a 2001 and 1998 F150. The yoke on the front looks quite big.

I want to shorten one. If I use one of the stepped shafts for a donor I will need to put the big diameter yoke on both ends. I need it very short. If I try to use the rear of the shaft, the point where the tube changes diameter will probably wind up right where I need to splice.

I am going to need a U-joint to go to a GM 350 sized yoke on the front and a 1988 Ford F150 yoke in the back.

Should I be looking at GM or Mopar shafts? Any input would be appreciated. I don't want to break the bank on this, but I need a lightweight shaft. I was planning to do the cutting and welding.

#2:  Author: enjenjoLocation: Swanton, Ohio PostPosted: Thu, Apr 13 2017, 4:50 am
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90s Ford Ranger should meet all your requirements.

#3:  Author: BeckLocation: Waterloo, Illinois PostPosted: Thu, Apr 13 2017, 2:41 pm
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enjenjo wrote:
90s Ford Ranger should meet all your requirements.

All of them I looked under had steel. I will look harder.
I would guess the late 90's? That is what is in the yard I frequent.
Thanks

#4:  Author: enjenjoLocation: Swanton, Ohio PostPosted: Thu, Apr 13 2017, 3:15 pm
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Beck wrote:
enjenjo wrote:
90s Ford Ranger should meet all your requirements.

All of them I looked under had steel. I will look harder.
I would guess the late 90's? That is what is in the yard I frequent.
Thanks


Mid to late 90s. Aerostar used a similar shaft

#5:  Author: 58 YeomanLocation: IL, Lacon PostPosted: Thu, Apr 13 2017, 4:35 pm
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My 99 Ranger 2wd, 4.0 Auto had aluminum, as does my 05, 4x4, 4.0 auto.

#6:  Author: BeckLocation: Waterloo, Illinois PostPosted: Thu, Apr 13 2017, 7:56 pm
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enjenjo wrote:
Beck wrote:
enjenjo wrote:
90s Ford Ranger should meet all your requirements.

All of them I looked under had steel. I will look harder.
I would guess the late 90's? That is what is in the yard I frequent.
Thanks


Mid to late 90s. Aerostar used a similar shaft

There isn't an Aerostar in the place. I had read those had them.

#7:  Author: chimp kooseLocation: Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada PostPosted: Fri, Apr 14 2017, 7:54 pm
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Aerostar shafts would have melted with the dash fire . Laughing Rolling Eyes



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