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Username Post: torsion rod        (Topic#366786)
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10-25-21 03:22 PM - Post#2829733    

Hi, I will have to reproduce a 7/16" dia torsion rod for the tailgate on a 65 impala wagon but am unsure which type of rod to buy with all the choices. I need about 6 ft in length. Once the choice has been made then I dont know if I should heat the spots to bend or cold bend . Then is cracking become a factor with a hardened rod if thats the right choice. What do you think?
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10-26-21 06:43 AM - Post#2829758    
    In response to 995jim

The rods are spring steel and you cannot heat them to bend them. I believe they need to be in an annealed state while bending and then they are heat treated and tempered afterward.

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10-29-21 05:03 PM - Post#2829947    
    In response to wagonman100

Definitely spring steel. I wouldn't be messing with trying to heat and bend it into shape, either.

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