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Picked up a used kimber... needs a little love.

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by CanIhaveGasCash, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash

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    I picked up an older kimber CDPII off of a buddy for dirt cheap. The grip bushing threads in the frame are stripped, I'd like to find a stock sized tap to try and see if I can save them before I go with an oversized tap and bushings, but I haven't been able to find one.

    The only other thing wrong with it is that the frame has some holster wear, scratches, and dings. I'd like to get it refinished. Which companies have you guys had experience with.

    I've got the 1911 bug. This makes #3 and I'm looking to order #4.

    [​IMG]

    I'm not looking to put a whole lot of money into it since I'd like to keep it as a beater gun.
     
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  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Send it to Chuck Rogers. Have him golf ball it before he refinishes it. Thank me later :thumbsup:
     

  3. CMG

    CMG

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    Brownells has the standard (.236"-60) tap

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=618/Product/1911_AUTO_STOCK_BUSHINGS__SCREWS____TAPS
     
  4. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash

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    Too bad his website says that he isn't taking in any new work
     
  5. AZ Husker

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    Never hurts to try.
     
  6. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    Not sure about refinishing but I've heard Chuck say he does the Golf Ball machining in batches and might take this work if you ask real nicely.



    ETA; Oh and get them damn grips off that thing. :)
     
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  7. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash

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    I'll give him a call tomorrow. Any idea on how much that runs?

    I have set of VZ grips in the mail. It has an extended slide stop on it that interferes with an extra set of grips that I have, hopefully that won"t be an issue with the VZ's but if it is I'll just order a standard slide stop.
     
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    No and even if I did I wouldn't post it. Chuck posts here at GT and he's grumpier than hell sometimes. :supergrin:
     
  9. krunchnik

    krunchnik THE CROW

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    I also traded a Para for a used kimber TLE/RL II that the frame and slide were showing some considerable holster wear(he carried it in a Fobus paddle)so my son gave me a bottle of G96 cold blueing,decided to try it out,it worked pretty well.All I did was strip the grips off and cleaned the frame and slide with acetone(Wifees fingernail polish remover)and rubbed the heck out of it with the blueing.

    Before
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    After

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    :supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:
     
  10. bac1023

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    :rofl:
     
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    Don't give it love! Use it for sex! shoot that baby! Use it as a working gun, one that you don't care how it looks, but how it works.
     
  12. Brucev

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    That is a decided improvement. Well worth the small investment in G-96 Cold Blue and (smooth move) your wife's finger nail polish remover!
     
  13. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash

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    I will definitely use it as a working gun, but it wouldn't hurt for it to look a little nicer.
     
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    Wow that looks great.
     
  15. pistolwrench

    pistolwrench Dremel jockey

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    Yup, I am grumpy at times.


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    pennypincher can trigger it in a heartbeat. :rofl:

    My golfballing is done in batches. Every 8-12 weeks.
    But I don't think the OP needs it at this point.
    I say shoot the heck out of it, spend money on ammo.
    And then, 5000rds down the road(range), enhance and refinish.

    I'd suggest using someone of proven competence to repair the bushing threads. This can be moderately difficult and if the repair goes bad.....
    the re-repair will be $.
     
  16. CanIhaveGasCash

    CanIhaveGasCash

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    Got rid of those terrible rubber grips and threw on an extra pair that I have and put about 100 rounds through her without a hiccup. Now i just need to wait for the tap to show up in the mail tomorrow so I can clean up the threads and put some new bushings in.

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    CanIhaveGasCash

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    I picked it up for $400.00
     
  19. jeremy stanke

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    wow, thats a crazy good price. nice job
     
  20. testosterone

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    Call me crazy, I love the way this one looks the way she sits.