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#21 Normal1959

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 05:34 AM

Eric,

you forgot to wire the bottom plug.  That's the one that caused my issues

 

I knew that would get caught after I posted it. Lol

I'm on it. 

Thanks

Eric


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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:52 PM

Wow....I went on Amazon to look for these pliers and there were dozens to choose from.....


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 06:40 AM

Yes- I went through this fairly recently with M60 barrels and was worried about the whole safety wire thing, but as you discovered, there are dozens of pliers and kits including rolls of wire available for not much money and they are really easy to use.  By the time I was done with the third barrel I was producing very professional-looking safety wires.


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 11:40 AM

Well, I will have one new barrel and one pretty darn close to new so I don't expect to be tearing the gas assembly down anytime soon.  But. I will get a pair of these pliers.  


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 09:53 AM

I ran into the same thing (on Amazon) and ended up with 2 choices of pliers that i bought and at least 3 guages of wire spools. I'm ready for the zombies.

Eric


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 09:58 AM

BTW before i put it back together, i use the M60 brush connected to a dedicated electric screw driver and some good oil and solvent to clean the gas tube. My piston free floats like never before.

If you are in the area, I will clean and rewire for free.

Eric

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:22 AM

20 ga. shotgun brushes/swabs work nicely for that


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Posted 04 April 2019 - 12:36 PM

There is an upgraded hex-plug-screw for the bottom gas port access (E1 barrel) that has a captive split-ring lock washer.  I use these so I can quickly get into my gas port and ream it clean, without the re-wire issue.  I do safety wire the front and back. These upgraded nut/lock-washer combinations are mentioned in the Hoel-SAR series-guides for M60 civilian ownership.  


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#29 StrangeRanger

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 01:03 PM

To paraphrase Carrol Smith: "Lockwashers don't"


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Posted 06 April 2019 - 10:35 AM

The lock wire pliers come in handy, and to be honest, it is sort of fun to put on.  Make sure you look at the item to be lockwired and wire in the "correct" direction to hold it on , not off. there are a lot of other applications - Browning MGs, and (gasp) german ones can benefit.  I use it on my vickers booster too


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Posted 06 April 2019 - 12:29 PM

The lock wire pliers come in handy, and to be honest, it is sort of fun to put on.  Make sure you look at the item to be lockwired and wire in the "correct" direction to hold it on , not off. there are a lot of other applications - Browning MGs, and (gasp) german ones can benefit.  I use it on my vickers booster too

Yes my Shrike has the old barrel on it that has to be wired although the wire looks thinner.....


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