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Old 01-08-2012, 11:34 AM
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Your excitement for your project is making me want to get back to working on my Anglia, Really what it all boils down to is build it the way YOU want to build it,, and enjoy the fruits of your labor,,, thats what hotrodding is all about anyway,
I know the feeling about having too much on your plate,, I'm trying to get my 69 bonneville back together after being apart for about 5 years,, remembering how it goes back together sometimes is a head scratcher
as for the rollcage,, I ordered one from Chris Alston chassisworks,, about 500$ if I remember right,, 10 point

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Originally Posted by Slapz
Are mandrel bends stronger for doing say roll cages and frame re- inforcements? Need to make a cage and re-inforce my frame, if mandrel bends are stronger would it be wise to buy a bench of bends in the right diameter then weld them to the straight pieces? I'm thinlking of buying one of those China hydraulic benders from Harbor Freight, Anyone ever use one? Are they worth it? Thanks, Slappy.
JD Squared makes a terrific tube bender. Ocala, Fl. Around $350 now. I've had mine for many trouble free years and love it! You can get any size dies, round & square, a lot of different radiuses also. Even if you aren't doing your cage, it's terrific for anything else. Bob
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Mandrel bends

Thanks, I'll look into it. Still haven't made any progress on the '54 as I have a '48 Dodge I'm doing a COMPLETE brake job on. Down to trying to figure out how to adjust the stupid Mopar brake setup then fill and bleed system. What a pain. Starting to have bad feelings for early Mopars.
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I also have one of those HF tube benders that I bought used at a swap meet. Glad I bought it used because it isn't worth the new price they ask. I wouldn't use it for a rollbar, but I have used it to make some tube supports and it's OK for gentle bends up to around 45 degrees. After that it starts to kink or collapse the tubing.
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If one has ever been upside down in one of these things it will make you a believer about proper roll cage construction and one can get upside down in a hurry when dropping the hammer on a big engine from a standing start..

Nuff said
I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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