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Old 11-18-2012, 7:48 PM
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Cool The noob and the 1911

Hello I decided to embark on a 1911 building journey with a project frame that was acquired from a fellow calgunner. This frame really needed some work it came to me very rusted and there was a pin welded on where the slide stop hole was supposed to be.






Now for the hands on work For the rust removing I didn't want to sand the frame, So I decided to pick up a rust removing solvent called evapo-rust. For tonight i will let it soak and see if it works wonders in the morning as was stated by the cashier.Once the rust is removed I will drill out the welded pin and grind out the remaining metal that was welded on. Because the rails need to be cut I was thinking of using one of three methods I have seen, Which consisted of using a Dremel ,Hand files or a drill press .
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:08 PM
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Looks like a very fun project, I might reccomend using Kroil.
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Old 11-19-2012, 7:53 AM
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Hey! I was next in line for this. How is it turning out? Keep me updated.
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Old 11-20-2012, 6:07 PM
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Looks like a very fun project, I might reccomend using Kroil.
Hopefully it will be more of a fun project then a PITA. I actually did order kroil but Couldn't stand to wait the 4 days for the oil to get here, Btw Thanks for the recommendation.


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Hey! I was next in line for this. How is it turning out? Keep me updated.
Lol sorry I was really hoping for some one else to take it before i did, I have too many projects pending. I hope to Put this knowledge to finish the frames i will be getting from your group buy. Aswell as help anyone who will be taking the "Khyber pass" route to finish the frames.


Now back to the project After about 36 hours of having it soak in the Rust remover. These were the results I thought it did a great job for being free.




I then took some 400 grit sand paper and polished the frame as best i could. As for the rod that was welded into the slide stop hole.I took some left over sandpaper drums and just tested if it would take some of the weld off but it was to no avail.




Once the frame was to the white it revealed a bunch of pitting luckily it isn't deep. I also noticed some rust still inside the mag well and inside some of the screw holes so i will let it soak again over night.



Next step get the dimensions for the rails and order the tools.


Any criticism,useful knowledge or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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THAT STUFF IS AWESOME!!!

Keep us updated, this looks fun!!
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Holy Crap ! Seeing the first picture of all that rust, I would have thrown that thing away.
That Rust B Gone really works! Good luck with your project.
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Old 11-20-2012, 6:22 PM
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Thanks guys I will try to keep this this thread updated Every time i finish a step .

Here are some methods i plan on using.

http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/pow...sily-done.html
http://www.akfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6382
http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...;t=12459;st=10
http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...2859;hl=dremel
http://forum.1911forum.com/showthread.php?p=1207742

Also interesting reads on building a 1911 with a mill.
http://www.homegunsmith.com/Archive/F10.html
http://www.roderuscustom.tzo.com/Det...#December%2023
80% finished 1911
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Wow thats incredible!

I am stoked. I hesitated because of all the rust and didnt want to show my wife what i bought if it looked like that ahahhahah.
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Jerry Kuhnhausen's .45 Shop Manual...volumes I and II...you need 'em.

You'll thank me later.

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I read of the homegunsmith archive today at school and at the inlaws. Man my head hurts. Ive learned alot and forgotten as much. This frame is almost deserving of some old military issue parts. I dont know much about the history of a 1911 but i imagine black with brown grips in a brown leather flap hoslter. So cool.
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Bead blasting before finishing.
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Wheres the update?
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OP,
If that frame is steel you could also use electrolysis (sp?). A car battery charger, a 5 gallon bucket (or something smaller), a couple rot iron bars, wires to pass the current between them, arm & hammer laundry soap, and water is all you need to remove 100% of the rust without removing any extra material. I've used this setup a couple times now to clean the hell out of iron or steel parts.
If the frame is stainless don't do it without reading the precautions... I forget exactly why, something about releasing toxic chemicals i think.
Here is a good writeup on the process:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Elec...val-aka-Magic/
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Hello again sorry for the late response been getting busy at work with peak delivery season. I have ordered the router table for the dremel it will be here in about 5 days. Hopefully the harbor freight router will work with it if not ill just have to buy a real one. I will also drop by home depot and pick up a set of nicholson & simmons files for the finishing touches after the dremel work. Since this is a project gun i was thinking of trying my hand at engraving it. I want to go with a chrome finish and horn grips .

@ziggy91 @geedavell thanks for joining in

@gem1950 that's the plan good sir.

@fiferarrnold Tell me about it i spent two weekends reading as much as i could half of it went in one ear and out the other lol.

@-hanko I have ordered both versions waiting on them to be shipped seems like a good read aye?

@slo5oh I was thinking about doing the electrolysis but i had a free item coupon to a local auto parts store so i decided to give it a try.
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Dude hows it going? Whats the next step?
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You can learn a lot from Ajax22's long thread about restoring an old 1911. Search for his user name and then you'll see the thread to click. Extremely interesting.
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