I am working on a scale version of a old roadster and want to incorporate leaf springs. I have some old leaf springs from a pickup frame that I scrapped and would like to use them. I have heated and bent spring steel before, but never tried to reuse it as a spring before. What I intend to do is cut the spring into narrower, shorter strips and then roll eyes in the ends. It isn't going to be a high-speed kart or anything, so I can't imagine, if it broke, that anything catastrophic could happen. I just want it to look good, and have a working suspension.
Any advice? Is heating and bending the spring going to hurt it such that it would just snap off? I've made slappers from leaf springs and haven't had any trouble with them, but they are a little wider and I don't think I am using them that hard.
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