I am happy to know a couple of things after this journey. I did the swap to my 67 cougar standard. I bought the rear from a junkyard for $80. I bought a girdle and new clutches for $280. I did NOT cut the tube. The offset is minimum. It is not bad as some of the stories I read. I bought a driveshaft for it on ebay for $45. It is an aluminum 98 ford explorer driveshaft. I went to measure it, it was almost useable. However, the yoke did not fit. I put new u joints (brute forces), put a ford racing yoke on it, trimmed the yoke 1 inch, cleaned up the end.....fits like a glove! Then I hung my exhaust tonight and there is about a 2-3 inch gap between the muffler and the driveshaft (offset even). Just thought I would share that it isnt that bad and I can answer any questions if you would like. And before somebody says somethng about u-joint pre-mature wear, the offset is MINIMUM. The angles were set perfect and the driveshaft looks like the ones I see at the dealership everyday.