When it comes to producing the maximum torque from your engine’s performance, you need the right drive! Inland Empire Driveline produces in-house aluminum, carbon-fiber, and steel driveshafts that will reduce power loss and run smoother than mass-produced, aging original driveshafts.
Quite often, this is a part of the build that is overlooked and underestimated. Most people do not realize the importance of a quality driveshaft. A poor driveshaft can cause loss of power to your ride and even cause your car to shake from vibration, which can ultimately loosen bolts in your undercarriage and, at some point, even crack your windshield!
For more than three decades in the industry, they have been a proven driveline manufacturer in the racing field, off-road, and motorhome industry along with commercial and street rod builders too. The one and only “Lowrider World” is also covered by Inland Empire Driveline, as they have a 1958-1964 Chevrolet Impala driveline application that will also fit anything with an “X” frame, like the popular El Camino too.
Inland Empire has an all-new, exclusively balanced rear shaft section featuring a telescoping rear shaft to absorb axial motion caused by rear suspension movement. It also comes with the 7075-T6 aluminum bearing support. These driveshafts are also perfect for “big-block” powered cruisers, pro-street, air suspension, and hydraulic-equipped cars and trucks.
LOWRIDER Magazine paid a special visit to the famous driveshaft manufacturers’ facility in Ontario, California, and they in turn built us a 502 kit (’58-’64) while we visited with them. Now follow along with our tour, as the pros at Inland Empire show us step by step how they brought the original design up to date using different and reliable materials.
1. While visiting Inland Empire Driveline we noticed a typically used and worn out driveshaft from a ’64 Impala.
2. Here are the main components that complete the driveshaft 502 kit.
3. Here we compare the original bearing support to Inland’s “Super Strength” Bearing Support. The 7075-T6 unit is constructed of aluminum and polyurethane, not like the old stamped sheetmetal unit.
4. This Forged Stub is CNC machined and manufactured only by Inland to keep close tolerances that are also heat treated to OEM specifications.
5. Sergio at Inland Empire presses on the U-joints to begin the assembly.
6. We are all set to put this driveline together as the yoke, U-joints, forged stub, telescoping rear shaft section, and the aluminum bearing mount are in place for assembly.
7. The larger diameter tube is measured and marked.
8. The tube is now cut to size.
9. The tubes are then deburred and squared off.
10. Time to assemble the tubes and components.
11. The tube U-joint and trans yoke are compressed together with the right machine.
12. A gauge is placed on to make sure that everything in the driveline assembly is straight.
13. The tube is then welded after fitment.
14. The welds are then cooled down with water.
15. The driveline is now completed and compressed together by Salvador.
16. Sal welds the other tube end together and also cools it down.
17. The 502 ’58-’64 kit is now placed on a machine that turns the complete shaft at high speed to check for balancing.
18. Weights are welded to each section once the correct balance spots are found on the tubes.
19. After the assembly, the driveshaft is run once more, while Salvador runs an emery cloth over it to clean up the entire drive’s components.
20. The veteran crew Sergio, Salvador, and Jeff, take a break for a pic as they stand proudly behind their many manufactured and assembled products.
21. No comparison here as we put the old up against the reliably new one designed for telescoping hydraulic action by Inland Empire Driveline.
22. If you have an X frame, or a ’58-’64 Chevy, call to see how they can improve your performance drive.
Lucas Oil Products Inc. Tech Tip of the Month
Tune-up in a Bottle
In this month’s Lucas Tech Tip, we introduce its Complete Fuel Treatment in a bottle. This special product is an upper cylinder lubricant and injector cleaner. Lucas Fuel Treatment complies with the federal ultra-low sulfur content requirements for use in diesel motor vehicles, locomotive, off-road, and marine diesel engines.
It’s a powerful blend of oils and additives that contain NO SOLVENTS and designed to increase power and fuel mileage, and also lower exhaust emissions through a more complete combustion process.
Lucas Fuel Treatment is formulated for both gasoline and diesel engines, carbureted or fuel injected. It gives your fuel system what it really needs: a blend of super-slick oils and additives with a high detergent action that allows the engine to operate at maximum efficiency. It cleans and lubricates the carburetor and injectors and increases power, while reducing fuel consumption. Lucas Fuel Treatment should definitely be used in vehicles that require leaded fuel because it actually replaces the benefits of lead in gasoline without causing harmful emissions.
- A great tune-up in a bottle
- Cleans and lubricates the fuel system
- Increases power and miles per gallon by burning excess exhaust emissions
- Increases the life of pumps and injectors
Pour Lucas Fuel Treatment directly into fuel tank. Recommended dosage is 2-3 ounces of Fuel Treatment per 10 gallons of fuel. Exceeding the recommended dosage is not harmful to your vehicle.