Wow Don. We are here to help, why are you showing us the middle finger?
I bent some 1/2" AR400 today and it was the easiest 1/2" plate I have ever bent.
I did heat it briefly with the handy weed torch on both sides to stress relieve it.
Then over to the excavator and slid it through the bucket mounts and did a little curl.
Now to give it a little back bend to fit between the teeth.
It looks like this for now.
Straightened up some, with the middle.
The middle will get false nails.
Cylinder will be here on Monday. So much for two day shipping.
I'm looking for 15" of 45mm 4130 rod for the pin.
One online metal supply offered it for $38 bucks plus shipping but I'll check my local guy first.
I'll just pickup a pair of bushings on the bay, they run about $18 each delivered.
Cost will round off at $280.00 for everything but the couplers and hoses.