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Oh Man, the drivetrain is coming together and soon the cruiser will ride again... im STOKED. anyway, here are some questions i have so far... 1] the setup that is going in will be Chev350/sm420/stocker case. i figure the 350 is shorter than the F, the 420+adapter is longer than the 3speed. im going to try and push the engine forward a bit, but will i be able to get away with stock drivelines if i do it right or with setup am i going to need to lengthen/shorten. i really want to avoid that right now cause im going SOA soon after i get her going, and i dont want to be changing driveshafts just for a month or two. 2] AA adapter, or Extreme Bends? its a 2wheel drive 420. more to come soon, thanks, Matt <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rasta.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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C'mon guys, help me out here
 

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The odds of you keeping you stock shafts are purty slim.
I would agree, slide that 350 as far forward as you can. Keep as much rear drive shaft as poss.
If it was me,,, and I speak from experance,,, do the shafts Once.
After you install the drive trane and the shafts need to be redone, do the SOA.

I have spent so much freekin money on the shafts it's not even funny. Because I keep changing......
 

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I really dont know how far you can put your engine forward, becuase you may run into the problem that your tranny is too far forward. Expecially if you still have the front heater. I had to put my 350 as far back as I can, the valve covers are about 1/4" away from the firewall.
Just something to think about.

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Your shift tower outta end up stuffed right in front of your heater.

The rear driveshaft on a SOA is identical to a SUA, UNLESS you opt to reverse the rearb springs. If you are planning that, then you have NO choice but to run one driveshaft now then get it lengthened by 3.5" or so when you go SOA. (OR just reverse the springs now in preparation...)

The front driveshaft will also work SOA or SUA provided you are NOT doing the shackle reversal. The reversal, by design, drags the front axle AWAY from the transfer case on extension and will create the need for a long travel shaft. However, the same long travel shaft will work for either SUA or SOA, so go ahead and make that investment now. With my setup, I USE 6-7" of spline on my 11" travel Tom Woods shaft.
 

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I used to think that going as far forward with the V8 was good - that was 5 radiators ago <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/crybaby2.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

I did my V8 swap I kept the tcase and tranny in the same position as stock using a Ranger O/D. Worked great until I went SOA and started flexing my truck a bit. Now due to the high cost of the 4 row radiators that my mechanical fan keeps munching, I am looking at repositioning the engine further back in the engine bay. That has led me to seriously rethink the entire drivetrain....Vortec,NV4500,Atlas 2,D60's F/R. I just gotta convince my wife I need to do this <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Thanks guys. im going to push it forward, i plan on running an elctric pusher anyway. im going to see if i can get it all done in one go now, but the problem is i dont think im going to have the $$ for tires.... its gonna look pretty funny SOA with stockers... Matt <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 
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