Lots of firms will do custom propshafts. Cost quoted to me was £80-£150. “I can do better than that,” I thought. My propshaft cost me ten quid...Read on....
Finished propshaft. It may need balancing. Note orientation of yokes at 90 degrees to each other at each end. Dimension 650 mm is to gearbox rear oil seal. The front shiny sliding bit needed polishing to remove original oil seal track groove.
Front half of Cortina propshaft (top) alongside MG propshaft (bottom). I checked lengths when engine and gearbox was in the car to confirm my calculated lengths. I used front of Ford and rear of MG
Ford sliding spline (left) and MG (right). Ford spline goes straight into rear of gearbox and allows for angular movement of back axle of MG. I spent time polishing the shaft. It is essential that any ridge is virtually polished out.
Cortina propshaft tube (left) and MG Midget. The MG slides up the inside of the Ford but is slack. I discovered that jubilee (hose) clip banding is exactly the right size to wrap around the MG tube so that it fits perfectly inside the Ford tube.