Thanks pinion head. But, I can go over to my engine guy's shop and dig thru his DS pile, for an old shaft. I gave him all my Pontiac stuff, when I sold my shop. So, There are probably more than 1 that will work. And it'll be free.
I don't need a chromoly shaft. But I was just pointing out that I could buy one of those for about what the truck place wanted, just to transfer my ends to a new tube.
Freight on a shaft appears to be between $25 & $35, according to the shipping estimates I've found. I wouldn't wanna pay that for a 40 year old shaft, then pay to have it shortened.
I'd prefer to pay my neighbor a little more for a new tube. But, he can't balance it. May not even need balancing. I'll only be turning maybe 5500rpm max.
The next option is a balanced shaft, with ends, but no joints, for about $150. These PST shafts come in lots of pre-welded lengths, and are rated to 700hp.
I figure the conversion joints are about $50 for a pair. So, I should be able to use my slip yoke and wind up with a new balanced shaft, with new joints, for about $200 total. I can live with that.
Or, how about a painted shaft, with 1310 joints for both ends, for under $150 shipped. That sounds even better.
Anybody ever buy anything from CARiD.com ? When I Googled reviews, some said they were great, and some had nothing but bad to say about 'em. I've noticed that they usually have the best price + free shipping on lots of parts I Google. But lots of reviews say they sell stuff that is not in stock, and it's a hassle to get credit back on the item.