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79 F-150 4x4 steering u-joint opinions

First I have tried the search opinion however when I click on it to start typing a search it goes away. So to make a long story short is there a u-joint available for the steering column shaft . I'm not sure how many spline it is without taking it apart is why I ask . I need to do a quick turn around as it needs to be a daily driver maybe tomorrow .No problem with a end that needs welded . I see many on evilbay. T.I.A
 
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3/4-36 splines. Borgeson has options. Speedway Motors is a.decent place to pick it up. Alternatively, various vendors carry Borgeson's entire steering shaft as an assembly,
 
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1979 F150 4WD steering u-joint opinions.

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First I have tried the search opinion however when I click on it to start typing a search it goes away.

So to make a long story short is there a u-joint available for the steering column shaft.
No.
1976/79 F100/250 4WD & 1979 F350 4WD: The lower steering shaft & coupler is a one piece assembly (see 3B676 in pic) .. no individual parts were available.

The orginals are obsolete, no one has any NOS, so your only choice is to replace it with a Borgeson shaft.
 
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I have got them through tractor repair shops through out the years. It is just a pto shaft U joint.
 
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Flaming River and Borgeson have automobile quality u joints. IMO Tractor Supply, Race Brothers ect have tractor parts.

Steering Universal Joints

Borgeson has a complete cut to fit for like $225? (measure X3, cut once) All you need is a chop saw or a hack saw to trim the outr collar (longer) and inner shaft length (shorter), so it has compression ability in the event of a wreck.

Borgeson Universal Company :: Ford Truck 1970-04
 
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Originally Posted by 77&79F250 View Post
Flaming River and Borgeson have automobile quality u joints. IMO Tractor Supply, Race Brothers ect have tractor parts.

Steering Universal Joints

Borgeson has a complete cut to fit for like $225? (measure X3, cut once) All you need is a chop saw or a hack saw to trim the outr collar (longer) and inner shaft length (shorter), so it has compression ability in the event of a wreck.

Borgeson Universal Company :: Ford Truck 1970-04
sorry I realize this thread is two years old, but can you eleaborate on needing to trim the new shaft for compression ability? Do they not have this new?
Also do you know of any way to replace the u-joint up by the column on the original shafts?
 
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It might be that the aftermarket shafts they sell are a length to fit multiple applications, and you would have to cut the smaller, solid DD shaft (that slips into the hollow one) so that it can be fitted into a shorter space and still have room inside to collapse in an accident.
I didn't read that part, but that's what I would assume. A stock factory shaft is obviously fitted to the specific truck that it came in.

We sell them, but ours are cut (by us) already, to fit either a stock-ish setup, or to your stated dimensions. So you should not normally have to do any additional trimming in our case.
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See part #792161 on this page:
Wild Horses Steering Shaft

Good luck.

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The one I bought for my ‘77 bolted right in. No cutting necessary. I can look the p/n up if you need it. I Should have it in my receipts folder so I should have it. Might take me a bit to find it that’s all.
 
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Had to put receipts in my folder anyways (cleaning up) and I have mine.

Borgeson p/n #000977.

Got mine from Summit Racing which they're number is BRG-000977 for a $152.00.

According to they're spec's fits '78-'79 full size Ford Pick-Up and Bronco. Bolted right in to my late '77 F150 4x4 with no issue.
 
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I appreciate the help. Im not a huge fan of the looks of the zinc plated shaft. wont match to well under the hood. Just to be clear, The U-joint up by the firewall is not replaceable and the only fix is a whole new shaft correct?
 
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I guess that's true because others that know more than I do, say so. But is yours a rag-joint or bell/tulip joint up there?
The ones on the Early Broncos after '73 (before that it was one solid shaft) were all removable, leaving a simple 3/4 x 36 spline shaft. But that was a rag-joint. The bell style, and cardan style could easily be different.

Is it just the rag-joint material that is worn out? Or do you need the whole thing?
I know you can buy rag-joint replacements, but not all of them are the correct orientation for the Fords. Thought I'd seen some, but it's been awhile, so not really sure.

The flange for the rag-joints was staked to the shaft on some Fords, but welded on others. The staked ones would come off with persuasion. If welded, not so much.
But if yours is the rag-joint and even if it was not removable, the Borgeson part that Shortbox linked to is a direct bolt-on as long as your truck has the correct half of the flange on the column.

Not sure about the Borgeson shaft specifically, but our shafts are stainless steel. Hollow tubing for the larger upper section and solid rod for the lower. Does not make them any less blingy than zinc-plated, so just as shiny as the one in the pic.
Just wanted to point out the difference in materials from what you mentioned.
You can paint them either way though. Or you could try to find a factory one at the junkyard that is still in good shape. Such probably does still exist, but it would be a crapshooter's luck trying to find one in some regions.

Good luck.

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Yea thats true they could always be painted. My truck is a 78 f250 4x4 and has the bell tulip joint by the gearbox and a u-joint by the bottom of the steering column. The u joint is completely worn out and seems to be not replaceable as half the u joint is pressed or welded onto the steering shaft. might just bite the bullet and get a new one i guess.
 
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