After looking the problem over I decided to make a tool to try to straighten the rods in place. I needed to generate a large amount of force in a small package to get it in around the rod at the bend. The rod was only .75 diameter but is probably made of 1045 or 1050 steel and induction hardened like most chrome plated hydraulic rods. Fortunately the rods had no scars or kinks in them that would make this an tough fix. I started thinking about how I could generate the necessary force to yield the rod in place. A quick calculation of the bending stress needed to bend .75 diameter 80Kpsi steel told me I needed to generate something on the order of 2 tons of force in the space I had to work with to get the rod to move. It would be simple to generate that kind of force if I had a small hydraulic ram and a pump, but I was out of luck. I ended up doing it mechanically.
this one. Eccentrics can generate some pretty high forces in small packages. The trick here was a little human was going to have to turn it and make it go.
Hougen Rotabroach to make the holes. These make fast work of holes in steel. Accuracy is really good and more than enough for this Sunday project.