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  1. #1 Propshaft for gearbox swap 
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    I'm sure this has been asked before, but I want to change my ford 4 speed to a five speed. I've got the five speed gearbox, but I presume it's a bit longer than the four speed. So the propshaft will be too long.?
    Can someone advise me or point me in the right direction about shortening, or making a new one up first before putting the car up on the ramp.
    It's a YKC 1600 Sierra based car.
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    Speaking from the shallows of my wisdom, I wouldmeasure the existing gearbox, then the new one. The difference is the propshaft modification. Or fit the gearbox then see how the propshaft needs modification. Its got to be done anyway. I believe a propshaft specialist is the best way to go. They will ask the questions to do what you need.
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    Thank you for that. I wondered what it said in the build manual
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    I can recommend North West Propshafts. They made me a propshaft by mail order to suit the same Ford 5 speed box and Sierra diff that you have.

    http://www.northwestpropshafts.com/car-and-motorsport
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    Hi Chris. There is a place in Bath that do propshafts but I will have to look up the name.

    BTW I have replied to your PM. SW Meet for December is this coming a Sunday at Dartington Shops Christmas Fair. See SW Meets page for details.

    It would be good to see any other local Marlin owners too. Peter.
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    Hi Guys

    There are a couple of things that you need to know

    Propshafts have two UJ's and a sliding joint - you need all three - some gearboxes have the sliding bit as part of the gearbox - it only needs to slide about 8 mm
    I think the Ford 4 speed has the sliding joint as part of the gearbox - no idea at all about the 5 speed
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    Quote Originally Posted by greyV8pete View Post
    Hi Chris. There is a place in Bath that do propshafts but I will have to look up the name.

    BTW I have replied to your PM. SW Meet for December is this coming a Sunday at Dartington Shops Christmas Fair. See SW Meets page for details.

    It would be good to see any other local Marlin owners too. Peter.

    The company that I was trying to remember is Chard Engineering as per Jon cox earlier info in post #8.

    http://www.prop-shaft.com/
    Peter
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott h View Post
    I can recommend North West Propshafts. They made me a propshaft by mail order to suit the same Ford 5 speed box and Sierra diff that you have.

    http://www.northwestpropshafts.com/car-and-motorsport
    Seconded!
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  9. #9 Re: Propshaft for gearbox swap 
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    When I swapped mine the propshaft was ok for length. I thing there is a 1cm difference in the length required and it was easily taken up by the sliding joint
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    Hi Chris,

    Nothing to do with your propshaft I brought the roadster off you. sorry lost your email and contact details. just thought you would like an update. engine and gearbox and back in the panels have all been painted black with red pearl.

    when i get back home from holiday will start to put all together ( my aim is to have it on the road by easter)

    DVLA came to the party and the V5 has been updated from the marina to show a 1972 marlin roadster.
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