I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this, but enough heat to make it
bendable might discolor the stainless, or even worse, 'sugar' it, which
is a term I have heard to describe what happens when the nickel is
melted off, leaving the stainless less so. This would matter to me if I
was putting a car as old as I am back on the road...
> OK, I know the basics about bending tubing. The situation I have is
> that I have purchased a stainless exhaust system designed for my
> particular model car. The problem is, it is not perfect. Some
> adjustments have to be made for it to fit into the car. I can take a
> torch, get an area red hot and apply a little pressure. I think if
> things go wrong, the side of the pipe that is being compressed tends
> to kink. I try to apply more of the heat to the stretching side. I
> also try to adjust by taking the bends that are already there, and
> increasing or decreasing them. Does anyone have any tricks I don't
> know for this job? Thanks.
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