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Offline b bogart

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Auto springs?
« on: August 07, 2008, 04:32:00 AM »
Are these good metal for knife making or anything else? I am now the proud owner of a pair off my son's 67 Mustang. I'm no blacksmith! What kind of use is there for them before they get scrapped?
Bruce

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Re: Auto springs?
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008, 04:55:39 AM »
We once used one to make a crossbow.  3/8 steel cable for a string, cock it with a hydralic jack, and it would drive a 2' piece of 5/8" rebar completely through a railroad tie.    We started wondering what would happen if the string broke, and suspended development on the project. 

Offline Chuck Burrows

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Re: Auto springs?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008, 08:24:27 AM »
For that period they are most likely 5160 or possibly 1080/1084 steel - excellent for knife or axe/tomahawk blades - lots of info out there on how to work it.......
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Offline b bogart

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Re: Auto springs?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2008, 09:37:53 PM »
Now the next question,anyone got a use for them??
Bruce

Offline Dale Halterman

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Re: Auto springs?
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008, 09:52:15 PM »
I'd kinda like to make one of those crossbows. What did you use for a release mechanism?

Dale H