I had to go out in the cold and misting rain this morning to make some video about some of my parts I have for sale for a fellow Steel Soldier. When I finished that I decided to get my shackles cleaned up. I fired up the turbine heater to warm the shop and went to work.
I have no idea how I didn’t notice this! I guess I was just so excited to find originals. I put the handy dandy 20Ton press to work,
I have the back end sitting on a piece of 1/8″ steel to give it a little extra bend because metal always tries to go back to its original shape when you are bending it. After I got this bend straight, I realized that the ears were bent in toward each other, so I used a steel with a wedge taper to push them apart.
After I laid them on the bench side by side, I saw that the other shackle ring was slightly bent outward, so a couple of pumps on the press straightened it right out. I sprayed a few coats of red oxide on them and I will spray some OD24087 on them tomorrow.