I recently acquired an IH 1701 loader at a good price, and am working on adapting it to fit on my 340. However, one of the tubular support struts is pretty bent in it's middle. I've attached a photo to show what I'm talking about - the photo shows the two good struts - and neither strut is connected to the frame in this photo - I have to make a 3/4" plate to adapt a connection.
However, (finally) here's my question. I figure if I heat the bent tube cherry red, I can likely hammer the tube straight, perhaps by lying it in a piece of angle iron as a support, and beating it with a hammer. Assuming I can get it straight, will it be weakened by doing this? As it is likely mild steel, I wouldn't think any strength would have been lost, but I was told that once you bend a piece of steel you may as well throw it away because even if you straighten it it will never be as strong. Is this true? I would appreciate any thoughts.