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      Okay, I watched the video (which was pretty good :)) and the build-your-own-bender plan makes sense to me. A friend of mine built one, including even the dies, but the reasonable approach is probably to build the mechanism and buy the dies. The hydraulic jack won't be usable in the new bender unless the bender works in a vertical plane (horizontal pivot axis), because those jacks leak if used horizontally. Hydraulic cylinders and hand pumps are readily available, and a hydraulic body repair kit would probably work if you can work out how to mount that cylinder to the bender - most of those cylinders don't have normal ends, but if the bender is built to use the cylinder in tension then a body kit cylinder (ram) with pulling hooks would work.
       
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      Okay, I watched the video (which was pretty good :)) and the build-your-own-bender plan makes sense to me. A friend of mine built one, including even the dies, but the reasonable approach is probably to build the mechanism and buy the dies. The hydraulic jack won't be usable in the new bender unless it works in a vertical plane, because those jacks leak if used horizontally. Hydraulic cylinders and hand pumps are readily available, and a hydraulic body repair kit would probably work if you can work out how to mount that cylinder to the bender - most of those cylinders don't have normal ends, but if the bender is built to use the cylinder in tension then a body kit cylinder (ram) with pulling hooks would work.
      good info! Yeah I'm currently in designs for that, and it is on the back burner as I'm about to start on the suspension of the car. I'll get back to this once I get more funds or come up with a good design that's practical. Thanks for watching I try and make it fun but I never know if it's good lol
       

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