Roller spline driveshaft
Posted 11 April 2010 - 18:41
(Roller splined driveshafts use balls or rollers between the faces of the splines to prevent binding under shock loading).
Posted 11 April 2010 - 18:51
Edited by Doug Nye, 11 April 2010 - 18:53.
Posted 11 April 2010 - 19:15
I see that on page 292 of Vol 1 by some bloke called Nye it says "Above all, deletion of the dreaded pot-jointed half shafts in favour of a Ferrari-like ball-splined type ..."
Posted 11 April 2010 - 21:31
And also that Chapman was pretty angry when he found out such an expensive item was fitted to these cars.
I would think Mercedes would have used them as I believe I was also told that the Lotus part came from a Mercedes supply of some kind.
Posted 11 April 2010 - 23:02
Posted 12 April 2010 - 00:18
The car seems to drive ok. But I hate the Hardy Spicer UJ's, which always look fit to burst. The engineering involved in going to CV joints was going to cost too much.
Did you have to get yours re-built ? I would love to know if the job could be done at a reasonable price.
Posted 12 April 2010 - 00:46
The shafts I am using are (blush) Datsun 510s and they apparently take the power of big V8s when fitted in 240Zs - which use the same shafts. I will only be putting about 180 bhp/lbs-ft from an Alfa 2600 engine through mine.
Posted 12 April 2010 - 07:02
A great option when you want to eliminate the wear in tail shafts of various 4 x 4s.
Posted 12 April 2010 - 07:59