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11SecAvanti
10-02-2005, 08:39 PM
Getting ready to pull the little Dana 27 and install a 44. Wondering if the drive shaft for the 27 will mate up to the 44 and be an acceptable length for the 44 yoke. Anyone know. Yokes appear the same size to the eyes. Trans is automatic behind a 259. Are there any surprises I need to be aware of on this swap?

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Transtar60
10-02-2005, 11:18 PM
Yokes appear to be the same but length depends on wheelbase.
What model is the car?? F,J,Y??????

U bolts(parts book refers to them as spring clips) will be wider and longer and the plates under the spring are different to match them.

prager
10-03-2005, 12:12 AM
Yes to Transtar's reply..just changed my 27 to a 44 big difference in the legnth of mounting..the 44 reqires a shorter drive shaft on a Lark..

11SecAvanti
10-03-2005, 09:28 PM
Ok, got the 27 out and put the 44 in today. The 27 driveshaft measured 47 7/8" end to end (absent the yoke). To long for the 44. Test fitted a R-1 Avanti driveshaft (measured 47 5/8"). About 1 inch of travel on the yoke shaft after install. I prefer a little more. Anyone know the end to end driveshaft length of Larks with the 44 driveshaft. Are they at 47" end to end? Model is W-4 or 109 wheelbase I think. Looks actually shorter than 109. Thanks.

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Transtar60
10-04-2005, 07:42 AM
Driveshaft for Lark V8 with automatic and dana 44
Part # 1547657 is 45 25/32 inches. Shaft and joints w/AD for models
W-F-J-L all 59, 60, 61.

casey
10-04-2005, 01:58 PM
I once did the same thing you are doing. I assumed drive shaft would be fine but realized on first test drive something was wrong. Ended up having a drive shaft shop shorten by 3/4". I can't remember how I came up with 3/4", but it drives fine now.

11SecAvanti
10-04-2005, 08:51 PM
Ok, thanks for the information. Will try and find a driveshaft.

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