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Driveline / tailshaft mod
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:18:12 AM »
hi bugas, i have not been on for a while cause been flat out but i did a tailshaft mod on my van last night and figured the info would be helpful for others so i got some photos, (i only thought half way though i should be taking photos)

putting a 350 chev in my van

tailshaft needed 5inchs cut off it.

after talking to some people about it

made the cut, cleaned up the spigot, push the yoke back in with a few mills to be able to move it.

put it in the van, using the dial indicator managed to get the shaft tru within 5 thou.

tack welded it in position. checked it. all good still

pulled it out of the van fully welded it, welding opposites to try to avoid shrinkage.

put it back in. oh no it 60 thou out!

stared at it for 10mins

then noted which way it had pulled.

took it out ground the weld down on the side it needed to be pulled just so i could use the shrinkage to pull it back in to balanced.

rewelded it, checked it and i got it so its balanced again. its not perfect all the way around but its balanced evenly.

wont be driving with it for a couple of weeks but ill let you all know how it goes once im back on the road with it.

it took about 2.5hrs. with what i know now it will be much quicker so not a big job.

happy to chat to anyone that will have a go at doing it yourself (saved me 350odd bucks!)


CF Bedford Chat / Re: fuel / gas usage
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:34:26 AM »
just on the 6 vs 8 talk, when i replaced the 6 with a 253 trimatic in my van i saw a fairly substancial improvement with fuel econ. the 6 was tired and the 8 is not bad but its not a new motor and blows a tiny bit of blue smoke occasionally but i was quite impressed that i get better econ, same diff ratio 3.5 i have a 3.08 to put in it at some point to hopefully improve econ again. i do like the towing grunt it has with the 3.5 thou.


CF Bedford Chat / Re: wheel camber woes
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:19:32 AM »
i agree with busy 100 percent i know blokes that never go full lock because it rips out your tyres. changing the camber like you did wiuth the higher springs would have enhanced the problem. the bedfords steering geomtry is not quite right (to do with the steering arms)  and the consequence is the tyres curling under on full lock.

cornering sharply would attribute to most of the your wear i would think.

id reccommend to do your shimming as matte suggested and dont do u turns:)


For Sale / Re: Found a disk brake front on ebay
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:28:37 AM »
related searches are...

hr disc brake front $2200
eh hr front $1950
another hr front for $1200

bedfords are worth peanuts.. sucks

Driveline / Re: Front end
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:25:27 AM »
what debarkle. imagine how much wider than standard vans are with flares and big wheels!! :(

Exteriors and Interiors / Re: don't fit?
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:01:14 PM »
i once had an early model van that didnt fit too good but i the surround was slightly the wrong angle. we changed its angle with pliers and it was fine after that.

i hope that makes sense.


For Sale / Re: rusty shell chopping party
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:01:59 AM »
sounds like a sweet party for those in the area:)


looks great mate.:)

The Sump / Re: What have you been up to this week
« on: June 07, 2014, 01:26:20 AM »
thats a pretty serious looking sand blasting cabinet marty well done:)

Driveline / Re: LWB Salisbury Diff splines?
« on: June 07, 2014, 01:21:27 AM »
mick you can pull an axel out in 5 mins on the lwb its a full floating axel so you dont even need to jack up the van to pull an axel out. undo the bolts holding it in place in the centre of the wheel then pull it out check out the spline pop it back in easy done:)

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