Drive Shaft Length

Old March 6th, 2019, 01:06 PM
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Drive Shaft Length

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I am trying to find the drive shaft length for 71 442 4 speed car. I've looked through the Assembly and Service manuals with no luck. Where can I find the drive shaft length?
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Old March 6th, 2019, 01:48 PM
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The length is 56.5 inches .Available new rom the parts place
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Old March 6th, 2019, 03:23 PM
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Should be ~54 3/8” center to center on the u-joint holes. This assumes the correct 71 Muncie and 71 10 bolt rear axle are still in the car.

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I'm betting this post Sorry my answer was for 1970 cars
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Old March 6th, 2019, 05:50 PM
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About 55 inches out side
you can fine tune the shaft with the yoke
Cut it down and bevel / polish that
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Guessing the 70 is different because of the different rear end than in 71??

The car does have the original rear end and transmission, so is the correct length 54 3/8" or 55"??
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Guessing the 70 is different because of the different rear end than in 71??

The car does have the original rear end and transmission, so is the correct length 54 3/8" or 55"??
The difference in driveshaft length for 71/72 cars is due to both the difference in the 70/71 rear axles and the difference in
length of the 71 and later Muncies (about 3/4” longer than 64-70 Muncies). I checked the driveshaft for my 72 4 speed 442 and it is ~54 3/8” c-to-c and the rear axle and Muncie are original 72 parts.

There are guides online about measuring for replacement driveshafts, so it may be a good idea to double check your car’s requirements in case you’re buying a replacement.
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