1. Professor Fate

    Professor Fate Push the button, Max...

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    George, you are a man after my own heart, I like the way you think! I've been putting off getting a decent hydraulic press because floor space is at such a premium in my shop, but now you've got me out there fabbing brackets and plates for my wood splitter- I can't believe I've been using these things for half my life and I never put two and two together. A BIG thank you!
     
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    • abdywgn

      abdywgn dismantler

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      Pictures?
       
    • Dfr360cuda

      Dfr360cuda MAGA Again

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      You're right, conduit benders are not made for exhaust pipe. You're wrong when you say they won't work. We usually bend 3/4 and 1 inch by hand but with 1 1/2 and 2 inch we use this. It's bent some exhaust pipe too.

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      • dartfreak75

        dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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        My brother in law is a cop maybe I could get him to escort me haha
         
      • MiradaMegaCab

        MiradaMegaCab Well-Known Member

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        I’m an electrician by trade and used the above pictured “Cyclone” conduit bender for safety rails on my motorhome. I used 1.25” Rigid Aluminum Conduit for the handrails and 3/4” Rigid Aluminum Conduit for the banisters.
        Electrical Benders have a wide radius which is a deterrent for tight bends...
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        • George Jets

          George Jets 1967 Dart 2 Door FABO Gold Member

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          Here are some close up pictures of the 1" and 1 1/2" dies I made, to help show how the inner banding was welded in.

          Then reached in with a new angle grinder disc to smooth up the welds. Finished it out with 80 grit on the DA sander as far in as I could reach then final finish by hand 80 grit.

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          • George Jets

            George Jets 1967 Dart 2 Door FABO Gold Member

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            Got the dies in a tub of Vinegar right now to clean them back up again. Will see what they look like tomorrow when I rinse them off and polish them up with some WD-40.
             
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            • George Jets

              George Jets 1967 Dart 2 Door FABO Gold Member

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              OK here are some better pictures of the Dies after pulling them out of the Vinegar Tank today. A little final polish on the clean up helps to see how they are made.

              Was like 4 passes of welding in the corners to build the radius out to shape, one root pass, 2 side passes, and a final fill pass down the center of the 2 side passes, reducing the fill on the final pass by increasing the speed of travel and smaller circles on the welding technique, this is on each half of the Die Radius. Then final grind to smooth them up.

              As you will see in picture #2 there is a little bit of a flat spot built into the nose of the dies that keeps the pipe from denting there as the outer radius begins to stretch. Once it starts bending in this manner then it continues stretching the outer radius until the desired bend is completed. The extended flanges on the Dies hold the pipe round while it is bending. VS the exhaust bending machines that just crush the inside corner radius to take up the extra metal as it is bending.

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              Most of the fussy shaping of the Dies are in the upper half of the circumference to fit the pipe size being bent. Sides are not quite as important, but still good to get a good fit on the pipe.
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              • George Jets

                George Jets 1967 Dart 2 Door FABO Gold Member

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                Righty Tighty, yes you can make up 4 x 4 accessories if you make up your own bender. Here are some Step Ups I made up with my bender to fit a '95 Ford F250 4x4, they sit pretty high, so it was nice having the steps for getting in and out of the truck.

                Fit real nice on there. Was able to get some nice 90° Bends with my bender too.

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              • Righty Tighty

                Righty Tighty Well-Known Member

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                They look great! Gives me some more confidence when I finally get to it.
                 
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                • dartfreak75

                  dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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                  That looks amazing great job
                   
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