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Pulled the tube bender out of the moth balls for a small project

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by SlugSlinger, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. O4L

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    There is a bit of an art to bending pipe. I built a couple of stock car roll cages back when I was racing.

    The ones I built were designed similar to this one and custom made for a full steel bodied car.[​IMG]
     
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    How long did it take to build something like that? What did you use for the design? Did you have design drawings?

     
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    It's been about thirty years ago so I don't remember exactly how long it took. I just remember using all my spare time building and working on race cars for several years.

    Back then we didn't have the internet so I just found pictures and drawings of NASCAR roll cages and went from there.

    Like I said, these were full bodied cars with just the doors and front clip removed so I custom fitted the roll cage to the inside of the car body. It was a lot of work but it was also fun at the time.

    My inlaws were plumbers so they had a nice pipe bender setup. I would cut, bend, and fit the pipe and do a little tack welding then my brother in law would finish weld it all up.

    I wouldn't have the energy or drive to build cars these days but back then I was ready to conquer the world.
     
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