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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2015, 10:52:37 PM »
more progress

sometimes you have to go back and look at what you started with to be able to tell progress was made....









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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2015, 11:30:58 PM »
So far, so good.   :thumbup1
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2015, 07:44:20 PM »
It was stormy and raining here in the fishbowl....so I stayed inside and got some more work done on the New Service

Inside of the trigger guard is not pit free, this is a 220 grit finish



Cleaning up the front of the frame





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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2015, 07:47:43 PM »
This is one of the many dents in the barrel, only elbow grease and determination will remove them



Almost gone, this is a 100 grit finish



the bottom of the barrel is now pit free, this is also a 100 grit finish

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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2015, 07:51:57 PM »
The cylinder window had a rough looking floor, part of this is because it was unfinished from the factory. These parts don't get much attention



We'll leave this at a 220 grit finish, it will look as good or better then when it left Hartford




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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2015, 10:24:46 PM »
Lots of work.  It looks to be coming along nicely though.   :thumbup1
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2015, 11:29:05 PM »
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Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2015, 11:14:22 PM »
The entire gun has now been polished to a 320 grit finish, there are still some small blemishes, but I don't think they will show up too badly











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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2015, 11:20:22 PM »
Looking pretty good at this point. 
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2015, 09:51:32 PM »
I got the parts blued today, hopefully I will find the time to get it assembled in the next day or two

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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #35 on: October 01, 2015, 07:09:14 PM »
What bluing method did you use?  I'm thinking that I *might* do the same to my Python considering that the finish is beat and I don't think I can do more to reduce the value and I want to keep it a shooter.
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #36 on: October 02, 2015, 04:24:18 PM »
What bluing method did you use?  I'm thinking that I *might* do the same to my Python considering that the finish is beat and I don't think I can do more to reduce the value and I want to keep it a shooter.

I mix my own bluing salts

see the process here: http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-i-blue-guns.html
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2015, 04:00:43 PM »
Here is the gun partially assembled, I still need to get a new ejector spring







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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #38 on: October 17, 2015, 04:04:39 PM »




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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #39 on: October 17, 2015, 04:06:06 PM »
Before & After







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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #40 on: October 17, 2015, 04:07:04 PM »
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Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #41 on: October 17, 2015, 04:08:04 PM »
Nice work.
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #42 on: October 17, 2015, 08:39:42 PM »
Nice restoration.   :cool
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #43 on: December 03, 2015, 07:33:22 PM »
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Re: Restoring a Classic Colt
« Reply #44 on: December 10, 2015, 06:09:47 PM »
Can I ask how you got the brighter finish on the hammer, trigger, etc? Is it the same bluing process as the rest for less time, or something else?

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« Reply #45 on: December 13, 2015, 06:07:53 PM »
Can I ask how you got the brighter finish on the hammer, trigger, etc? Is it the same bluing process as the rest for less time, or something else?

nope it is called Nitre Bluing, the color can achieved two ways, one: use Nitre salts (mostly Potassium Nitrate aka Salt Petre), heat to 600 degress (+/-) and dip the parts in for awhile until the desired color is achieved or use a torch and heat the metal until you get the correct and then quench in water or oil

see Larry Potterfield do it here

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