I have an original clutch drum puller and it's apparent that it is flared out at the ends that slip over the clutch, maybe a total of 3/16". I want to straighten it because the ends of the special bolts that go through the clutch drum to lift the drum just make it to the inside edge of the drum; they go through enough you must back them out to remove the puller, but definitely not as far as designed.
What is the best way to straighten this to maintain it's strength? the main body of the puller is heavily reinforced so the bending needs to be done at the point just above the bolts where the opposite sides should become parallel. I really don't want to mess this tool up. I know I can bend it, I just don't know the right way to do it.
I used heat and went slow - the one I did was bent in about 1" and works fine now.
Don't ask me why it had been bent in - it looked like a blacksmith modification for a different use
Gary, I'm envisioning a piece of steel between the jaws above the bends to create a type of fulcrum producing a bending moment when tightened into a vise. Perhaps a touch of heat will help.
Ok, I'll use heat. I wasn't sure if that would be best or trying a vice to bend it cold. I just don't want to weaken it.
I think it's a forging so cold should not hurt it.
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Try squashing it back in a big vise. If it resists too much, add heat.