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Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

We have tossed this topic around a bit on here and I wanted to put together a thread with aluminum driveshaft in the title as well as link some of the better threads on the subject within the body.  I would also like for anyone (Vinnie, cough, cough) to post up what they used and where they had the DS fabricated or shortened (you don't lengthen one) and their results.

Threads
http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/showthread.php?40545

http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/showthread.php?31374

http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/showthread.php?34196

http://www.foxtbirdcougarforums.com/showthread.php?19231

Driveshaft Shops
Performance Driveline, Oklahoma City (Not finding them listed any longer, maybe Vinnie can update)
Blumenthals Manufacturing, Oklahoma City
Drive Train Specialists, Oklahoma City
Drive Shafts, Inc., Tulsa, OK
Inland Truck Parts, Tulsa, OK
Action Machine, South Bend, IN

Anyhow one clear solution is the 1995 - 2010 police interceptor packaged Crown Victoria which comes factory with an aluminum drive shaft.  These can be found at salvage yards for around $75 to $100.  So you will need to supply the Crown Vic drive shaft, the input yolk to the trans in your car, the rear flat flange that bolts to the flange on the pinion of the rear end, and the drive shaft shop will provide the adapter u-joints.  The Vic drive shaft will need to be shortened, the correct u-joints installed, and the assembly balanced so plan on another $120 or so for that work.  So all in you might have $220 but that is cheaper than having one built.  As Vinnie and a few others can attest to it takes care of the typical issues (mostly critical speed) with numerically higher rear end gears and steel drive shafts.

Feel free to tack on any other shops or other vehicles that have aluminum drive shafts that can be used to make one for our cars.

83 351W TKO'd T-Bird on the bottle


93 331 Mustang coupe that beat your mom's LTD

Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

Reply #1
I got my Crown Vic driveshaft done at Driveline Specialties in Newington, VA. Sizing the driveshaft cost me $125. I picked up the driveshafts (2) for $31.50 each at High Performance Motors in Nokesville, VA. He is a recycler of police cars. When I got them a few years ago, he told me he sells them for scrap! There was a whole pile of them that I just picked through and got the two best looking ones he had. I still have one in the rafters for my next whatever project!

Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

Reply #2
http://www.chicagodriveline.com/

Chicago Driveline, Inc
11500 S.Central Ave
Alsip, IL 60803

Phone: 708-385-1900

These guys made me a 3.5" aluminum driveshaft. ~$350 installed.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

Reply #3
I got mine for free at a salvage yard from a Crown Vic cop car. Sent it to Performance Drivetrain in Oklahoma City, had it back in 48 hours. $138 total investment.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

Reply #4
Vinnie,

Do you have the contact info for Performance Drivetrain?  I was going to post phone numbers and could not find it for this shop.

83 351W TKO'd T-Bird on the bottle


93 331 Mustang coupe that beat your mom's LTD

Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

Reply #5
I'll see if I can find it.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..

Aluminum Driveshafts - Who Has One and How Did You Make It?

Reply #6
Sorry, wrong name...here it is....

Precision Drive LTD
405.495.1344
Oklahoma City, Ok.
'88 Sport--T-5,MGW shifter,Trick Flow R intake,Ed Curtis cam,Trick Flow heads,Scorpion rockers,75mm Accufab t-body,3G,mini starter,Taurus fan,BBK long tube headers,O/R H-Pipe, Flowamaster Super 44's, deep and deeper Cobra R wheels, Mass Air and 24's,8.8 with 3.73's,140 mph speedo,Mach 1 chin spoiler,SN-95 springs,CHE control arms,aluminum drive shaft and a lot more..