Originally Posted by Web Foot STi
Actually I'd heat up the tabs to 700-900 deg F and then bend them when cool. That should put them back into a dead soft/T-0 condition. Real easy to straighten. Then I'd heat them back up and quench them in a tub of hot water. This will restore the solution part of the heat treat and time will restore the age.
Just a dumb Al foundry engineer.
Originally Posted by nxwrxfx
^^ okay for this... if i cant get it by hand with a wrench....
Would a small propane bottle blowtorch produce 700-900* F?
You are talking to an absolute greenhorn
when it comes to metal work/welding/etc.
Don't worry about heating them up. Just bend them back. Like was said above, use a crescent wrench, or a large pair of channel locks.