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    Default Taking a little off the tailshaft

    How does one cut the tail shaft from a 2wd turbo 350 tranny, to make the tail shaft fit into the transfer case. Tried reciprocating saw, lube, and a bunch of elbow grease, and 10 minutes, and it got me 2mm into it. Basically past the splines.

    Look at that hole!

    Hey, i can see down your flywheel lol.


    What a mess of stuff...



    Nice orange turbo 350 tranny to be put in.

    Basically what i need to cut off, is what sticks out past the adapter and transfer case mount.
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    Those shafts are hardened steel, you're going to have a hell of a time getting it cut even with a good saw. I would think you'd want to replace the tailshaft with the correct length one, but don't know if that's possible.

    I was looking at changing my van trans out with one from a 4x4, but the tailshaft is obviously too short. Was curious if it's possible to swap them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dualdj1 View Post
    Those shafts are hardened steel, you're going to have a hell of a time getting it cut even with a good saw. I would think you'd want to replace the tailshaft with the correct length one, but don't know if that's possible.

    I was looking at changing my van trans out with one from a 4x4, but the tailshaft is obviously too short. Was curious if it's possible to swap them.
    You should be able to swap the shaft w/ one from a 4x4, have to disassemble the trans to do it.

    A machinist should be able to cut it but you would still need to take it out of the trans...
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    Wow- I would try a grinder with several cut off wheels.

    Wear some sort of mask and eye protection-
    Also-like dualdj said- HARDENED STEEL- pack your lunch it could take quite a while to get thru it.

    Can't you find a replacement? I'm guessing you have a really good reason to cut it rather than replace it-maybe it is tough to replace, or hard to find in that length- or expensive?

    You can eventually cut almost anything with a cut off wheel-won't cut as cleanly as a saw-and you have to keep your cut at 90 degrees-not easy. Hardened steel is HARD- get the wheels that make the most impressive claims of cutting the hardest stuff!
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    Abrasive cutoff wheel in an angle grinder. Bevel the splines and clean up when you are done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
    Can't you find a replacement? I'm guessing you have a really good reason to cut it rather than replace it-maybe it is tough to replace, or hard to find in that length- or expensive?
    basically, besides finding a replacement, you have to disassemble the whole trans to change it.

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    dualdj1

    Thanks-figured it was something like that. It isn't the sort of part you can "slip" out slip in.


    Yes,I would do just what he is doing-carefully cut that sucker with a grinder and cut off wheels.

    My cheapo 4.5" $20 Harbor Freight grinder is my "universal" tool. Currently I'm using that sucker to cut .092" acrylic plexiglas sheets. I'm putting little window ACs in to save $$ on cooling costs (New Orleans is hot- 92 degrees everyday already and true summer is 4 weeks off).

    Cut off wheels seem to be able to cut everything-eventually. Maybe the hardening is mainly just the surface and under it is just REALLY HARD Tough STEEL instead of really really hard steel.

    It might take 1/2 hour and several wheels.

    Luck
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    Haha, wow, that was easy. I just went to Princess Auto and bought 5 powerfist grinder cutting blades for $10. I expected it would take quite a few to get through the bastard. It took half of one blade, and 2 minutes for me to cut through the entire shaft. Then 2 minutes with a grinder blade to it to clean it up. In total it probably took me 7 minutes to cut it up and clean it up.

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    Yeah, my cheapo grinder is my universal cutting tool.

    The sucker will cut anything.

    Amazing what those abrasive wheels will cut.

    Well, I figured at least 10 minutes- just 2 minutes huh. Guess once you get through the hardening-maybe just 1/1000 or so- it is just tuff but not too hard steel.

    Luck
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