Originally Posted by timberboat
Am helping out with a project
boat (old IOR racer) that has 1 1/4 inch T track, curved to match the angle of the deck edge. It's pretty chewed up and needs to be replaced. If the track was just bolted tothe deck we would replace with straight track, but it is on raised molded upstands, so the new track needs to be curved to match the old one. Anyone have experience in bending T track like this?
Depends on the amount of curve required and on the width along the top of the "T" (The wider, the more difficult to bend) - also look for track that has fixing holes close together. Stainless without heat very difficult.
One technique is to take off the old track >> place it on piece of iron plate >> then mark the positions of the fixing holes on the iron plate >> then drill holes through the marked positions >> then bolt the old track down to the plate>> then bring new track alongside the old, bending it and fixing it - inch by inch.
Another technique is to insert the new track into a steel
pipe (tubing) then insert the pipe into a pipe bending roller (not a tight fit, otherwise you won't get the track out)
An alternative to "T" section would be "I" Section ; in aluminium - this is easier to keep flat when bending.