Originally Posted by BentleyBaskets
For the bent chainstar... i would advise taking the top off and bending it back to shape with proper equipment and anywhere the zinc or galv finish is compromised a healthy coat of a hammerite should be applied. I would be willing to assist in this if needed.
Well, I would like to thank the famous Rich of Riverside for the help yesterday in straightening the top. The zinc fared pretty well. A couple of welds cracked pulling it back in line, but nothing that would threaten the structural integrity for some time. The bend was pretty extreme and the basket did have to be pulled out and disassembled and then set up for some big leverage. A little pounding at the anvil was needed too.
BTW, thanks for the offer.