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Username Post: Universal Joint        (Topic#280421)
Fixit 
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04-30-12 09:24 AM - Post#2220651    

Does anyone know where I can get an original style universal joint for my 54 Chevy? I need the one with a 1 1/16" diameter hole through the center. The hole allows the u-joint to be slid back on the drive shaft. It saves having to move the engine to get clearance. All the ones I find either have no hole or a hole that's too small. Thanks.

 
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2blu52 
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04-30-12 09:46 AM - Post#2220661    
    In response to Fixit

Try Obsolete Chevrolet Parts. What kind of transmission?
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Idaho 
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04-30-12 10:09 AM - Post#2220670    
    In response to Fixit

Check with a seller on Fleabay that goes by the name of vintageboyone. He sells originals and may have what you need.
1953 210 Chevy convertible, 1955 GMC pickup, 1957 GMC Suburban Carryall, 1952 MGTD convertible, 1973 HD Superglide, 1972 HD Electraglide, 2002 HD Heritage Softail Springer.


 
Fixit 
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04-30-12 12:48 PM - Post#2220708    
    In response to 2blu52

Standard transmission, original 3 speed.

 
2blu52 
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04-30-12 02:02 PM - Post#2220750    
    In response to Fixit

I don't have a 53 but cannot understand why you have to move the engine to install the U joint. with the rear wheel on the ground and the weight of the car on them, then the ujoint should have just enough room to clear the cross member when dropping or lifting the drive shaft.
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dsacton 
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04-30-12 03:34 PM - Post#2220788    
    In response to Fixit

Dear Fixit,

Are you talking about the "Front Yoke?" (See links). This slides on the drive shaft to account for small changes in the distance between the tranny and the differential. You should be able to push this back far enough for clearance.

Scott A.
http://www.my54chevy.com/page46/page51/page51.html
http://www.my54chevy.com/page46/page56/page56.html
Scott Acton
1954 Chevy Bel Air 2-door
http://www.my54chevy.com


 
Fixit 
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04-30-12 05:25 PM - Post#2220830    
    In response to 2blu52

Thanks, but Obsolete Chevy Parts doesn'y carry this u-joint.

 
Fixit 
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04-30-12 05:43 PM - Post#2220838    
    In response to dsacton

I agree with what you say in the case of original parts. What I'm saying is, if you replace the u-joint with an aftermarket version that doesn't have a large hole through it, you can't slide it back far enough. It will run into the crossmember when you go to swing the drive shaft up into place. The only way I can see to get it together would be to get the transmission out of the way, raise the drive shaft way up and install the front yoke working above the crossmember.

 
Fixit 
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04-30-12 05:50 PM - Post#2220843    
    In response to 2blu52

The u-joint will not clear the crossmember unless you can slide the front yoke assembly back. You can only slide it back if there is a large hole in the center of the u-joint, as in the original design. It appears that no one offeres a replacement u-joint with the necessary large hole.

 
bobg1951chevy 
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04-30-12 06:47 PM - Post#2220876    
    In response to Fixit

I have to believe it is out there, with some searching.
Bob G.

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www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/215790 56...








 
bobg1951chevy 
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04-30-12 07:39 PM - Post#2220902    
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  • bobg1951chevy Said:
I have to believe it is out there, with some searching.




http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?parta~dynd...


Here it is, not for the faint of heart.


Bob G.

1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe 2 dr sedan. 1955 235 engine. 3 speed trans. Cast Fenton Headers with Smithy mufflers.

www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/215790 56...








 
Fixit 
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04-30-12 08:35 PM - Post#2220924    
    In response to dsacton

By the way, if you read the text in the service manual that refers to the exploded view given in your link, I think you'll conclude, as I did, that the call out for the two yokes is incorrect. The numbers 1 and 7 are reversed. The text has it right. The front yoke is bolted to the transmission output shaft and the rear yoke is the one that slides onto the splined end of the drive shaft.

 
prowler 
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05-01-12 05:18 AM - Post#2221028    
    In response to Fixit

YOIKS!!!! $250.00? Another good reason to go to a T5 and an open drive....
52 Chev Styline. Now running a 250/TH 350 with a 2.77 rear end. Daily driver / work in progress


 
Idaho 
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05-01-12 06:37 AM - Post#2221052    
    In response to bobg1951chevy

He doesn't need the entire assembly, you're going to cause Fixit to have a heart attack! All he needs is the trunion. Fixit, have you checked with that guy I mentioned on Fleabay yet? It wouldn't take much to enlarge the center hole on the one I bought from him to the dimensions you need.
1953 210 Chevy convertible, 1955 GMC pickup, 1957 GMC Suburban Carryall, 1952 MGTD convertible, 1973 HD Superglide, 1972 HD Electraglide, 2002 HD Heritage Softail Springer.


 
Fixit 
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05-01-12 06:47 AM - Post#2221057    
    In response to bobg1951chevy

Buying the entire assembly doesn't solve the problem if the trunion doesn't have the large hole.

 
Fixit 
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05-01-12 06:55 AM - Post#2221063    
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I'm guessing Fleabay means e-Bay. Sorry, but I don't know how to find what a person has for sale if you only have their name. I've searched using everything I can think of related to universal joint and gotten nowhere. I would like to avoid modifying a replacement trunion. They are already thinner and weaker than the original.

 
Idaho 
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05-01-12 08:14 AM - Post#2221082    
    In response to Fixit

Fixit, I sent the guy an email asking for his help right after I made my last post- waiting to hear back from him.
1953 210 Chevy convertible, 1955 GMC pickup, 1957 GMC Suburban Carryall, 1952 MGTD convertible, 1973 HD Superglide, 1972 HD Electraglide, 2002 HD Heritage Softail Springer.


 
2blu52 
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05-01-12 08:16 AM - Post#2221084    
    In response to Fixit

This is a new one on me, I have had the dive shaft u joint scenario more time than I wish to count and have not had a problem ever. We learn something every day.
"PEACE IS THAT GLORIUS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN EVERY ONE STANDS AROUND RELOADING"

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NWMO 52 Chevy 
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05-01-12 10:39 AM - Post#2221132    
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  • Fixit Said:
I'm guessing Fleabay means e-Bay. Sorry, but I don't know how to find what a person has for sale if you only have their name. I've searched using everything I can think of related to universal joint and gotten nowhere. I would like to avoid modifying a replacement trunion. They are already thinner and weaker than the original.



Fixit,

Here is a link to the fella's ebay page. There are links on the left to reach him. Instead of searching fleabay, I just Googled "vintageboyone".

vintageboyone

Chris


Edited by NWMO 52 Chevy on 05-01-12 10:40 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Idaho 
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05-01-12 11:07 AM - Post#2221145    
    In response to NWMO 52 Chevy

Just a reminder, I've already contacted him about the part needed, waiting to hear back...
1953 210 Chevy convertible, 1955 GMC pickup, 1957 GMC Suburban Carryall, 1952 MGTD convertible, 1973 HD Superglide, 1972 HD Electraglide, 2002 HD Heritage Softail Springer.


 
dsacton 
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05-01-12 12:48 PM - Post#2221170    
    In response to Fixit

Ah--got it now. Thanks.
Scott Acton
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