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« on: October 21, 2008, 10:31:26 PM »

What would be the correct number and color of paint rings on the drive shaft of a
1969 L48 350,  M20 4sp,  06A Norwood SS Cp

The shaft I have has the remains of 1 stripe but I can't tell the color.  Huh

Any help would be appreciated. 

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 01:51:58 PM »

I don't think anyone knows what these marks meant...hopefully some day we will figure it out!!!  From everything I have seen though I think there were always 3 stripes-Look closely and clean with a rag and soap and water or 409.  I NEVER saw the marks on mine until I was getting ready to restore it and cleaned it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 07:10:59 PM »

I think I read someplace that they might indicate which drive train they match up to. That would make sense, as different trans/engine combos would require different length shafts. It's at least a theory.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2008, 11:42:58 PM »

Thanks Guys, I take a closer look ASAP.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008, 08:50:55 AM »

Driveshafts were different lengths, and had different front yokes depending on the transmission used; they arrived at the plant as assemblies, including the U-joints and front yokes, and the paint rings identified the usage for each different driveshaft assembly.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008, 03:12:40 PM »

Driveshafts were different lengths, and had different front yokes depending on the transmission used; they arrived at the plant as assemblies, including the U-joints and front yokes, and the paint rings identified the usage for each different driveshaft assembly.

Yes but what do the actual marks mean, i.e. color code?
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008, 01:38:51 PM »

They are just ID marks. The plant knew what the stripe combos meant. There were only 2 or 3 different shafts used every year.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 09:11:27 AM »

They are just ID marks. The plant knew what the stripe combos meant. There were only 2 or 3 different shafts used every year.

I would hope the plant knew what the marks ment! LOL  I want to know what they ment!!! Grin
Thanks Kurt. (and John!)
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2008, 05:54:29 PM »

Maybe that info is in the 69 Service Manual...? I'm mostly a Pontiac guy and this info is in Pontiac service manuals for each year. Here's the info for 69 Firebird if it helps any -

3 & 4 speed manual, 2 speed auto, M38 auto = 1 blue stripe
3 speed HD manual = 1 white stripe, 1 green stripe
M40 auto (turbo 400) = 1 red stripe, 1 pink stripe
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2008, 06:49:25 PM »

Nice first post. I think I can hear pages being turned in service manuals all over the country. Thanks and welcome aboard.

Mike
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2008, 10:42:42 AM »

Good info. The Pontiac service manuals have different content than Chevy, for some reason. All the radiator usages are listed, for another example.

I need a 69 Firebird Chassis Broadcast sheet to see if the usages are the same. I don't think so, but easy to check.
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2009, 01:16:50 AM »

Thanks va400bird!  This seems to confirm the single stripe I found on my 4speed shaft.
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