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Username Post: torsion rod        (Topic#366786)
995jim 
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995jim
Loc: Ohio
Reg: 12-17-06
10-25-21 04:22 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?
thanks jim

Jim

65' Impala SS, 65' Belair, 89' Silverado Z71, 95' Silverado Z71, 12' Silverado, 15' Silverado LTZ, 16' Tahoe LTZ


 




wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
10-26-21 07:43 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.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Tony1963 
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Loc: Orlando Florida
Reg: 07-09-18
10-29-21 06:03 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.

Hire a professional.



 
bobb 
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Loc: paradise
Reg: 09-05-03
12-15-21 08:05 AM - Post#2832556    
    In response to 995jim

a good spring company could make you one. i think diamond spring was my go to company. lmk if your interested and i will dig up the info.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
995jim 
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995jim
Loc: Ohio
Reg: 12-17-06
01-13-22 03:56 PM - Post#2834501    
    In response to wagonman100

well after a lot of investigation it was evident I would have to find a used one and that I did. I found it out west of course, at CT'S ranch

Jim

65' Impala SS, 65' Belair, 89' Silverado Z71, 95' Silverado Z71, 12' Silverado, 15' Silverado LTZ, 16' Tahoe LTZ


 




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