[I last ran into this issue on a '77 B210 in the mid-80s. The rig had a terrible vibration at low & high speeds, caused by a siezed u-joint. I called the dealer: $200 for a new driveshaft -- in stock! I called a driveline place: $210 for a new, fabricated driveshaft with replaceable, greaseable u-joints installed. I went witht the latter. So I was prepared for this issue.]
I have a JY driveshaft with a notchy front joint, and my '82 Wagon would like a new driveshaft, so I sent this email to Drivelines Northwest:
I received a reply today:Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 10:15 PM
To: Drivelines NW
Subject: RFQ: rebuild or replace driveline: 1982 Maxima Wagon
I have a spare two-piece driveline for my 1982 Nissan (Datsun) Maxima (810) Wagon that has a "notchy" front joint. This wagon has the LD28 engine (diesel) with a bonded rubber section in the short front shaft (between the front u-joint and the center companion flange). The u-joints
are apparently non-serviceable. Unit came from a vehicle with 234k miles.
I am unaware of the economics of rebuilding the existing vs. having a replacement fabbed. Can you educate me?
We can fix this a couple different ways, first is to rebuild your existing shaft changing the ends to have replaceable joints which would run about $500.00 to $600.00 the other option is to build a 1 piece shaft for about $400.00. It takes about a day to do either one.
If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Drivelines NW Inc.
1943 4th Ave So.
Seattle WA 98134