Posted 29 September 2003 - 01:29 PM
Posted 29 September 2003 - 02:19 PM
If the barrel comes right off it should be pretty cheap. If itís a bugger, it still wonít be very expensive and is really in need of an experienced hand.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 05:23 PM
Posted 29 September 2003 - 06:04 PM
Without the right tools I donít feel I can offer any advise that would help other than I have.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 07:21 PM
1) Clamp the barrel between two blocks of soft wood in a large bench vise with the barrel pointing toward the left. Grip the barrel close to the receiver with the grip mount up and torward the rear vise jaw. Apply a large open end wrench to the receiver nose and try unscrewing the receiver nose counter clockwise off the barrel. If the receiver turns, the grip mount will rotate with it and strike the front jaw of the vise almost immediately. It is very important not to twist the grip mount by forcing it against either vise jaw. At this point, if the receiver has turned off the barrel even slightly, go on to 2. If the barrel turned in the vise, release the barrel, rotate the grip mount back to the rear vise jaw, and try again with the vise tighter. If the receiver will not break loose from the barrel, go to 3.
2) Remove the barrel from the vise and discard the wood blocks. Clamp the receiver nose section in the vise with the grip mount at the back side and the barrel pointing toward the right. If the grip mount is the later type which has the retaining post rivited to the bar, grip the nose section in the vise up to the rivited overbump so as not to crush it. If it is the one piece type, clamp the nose section in the vise up to the barrel. Pry the front end of the grip mount away from the barrel slightly. Insert a piece of cardboard (e.g. business card) between the barrel and the front projection of the grip mount to prevent the grip mount from gouging the barrel as the barrel is turned. If the barrel is finned, the grip mount projection will drop into a fin groove as the barrel is unscrewed. A horizontal forearm mounting bolt screwed into the grip mount hole can be lifted by a claw hammer or a crow bar to hold the grip mount away from the barrel as though the bolt were a nail being pried out of a board. Be careful not to pry the grip mount further away from the barrel than is absolutely necessary because it can be permanently bent. Grip the barrel next to the receiver with a strap wrench and unscrew the barrel.
3) Soak the barrel/receiver assembly in gasoline overnight. Dry completely with an air hose if available. Go back to 1. and try again if the barrel won't unscrew. Heat the receiver nose red hot with an acetylene torch without directing hitting the barrel or the grip mount with the flame. Do not allow the barrel or the grip mount to turn red. Let the assembly cool and then go back to 1. Repeat if necessary.
The above again was taken from a Thompson Technical Article written by Doug Richardson. He has a Catalog available for $5.00, featuring tools, Display Receivers, and his own books featuring A LOT of useful information!
Again, I hope this proves useful!
You can obtain a copy of Dougs latest Catalog by sending $5.00 to:
2100 McReynolds Rd.,
Malibu, Ca 90265
Posted 29 September 2003 - 07:37 PM
I too was going to recommend soaking the barrel, but couldn't remember the liquid to use and if it was gas or oil or i think someone even recommended brake fluid or something like that.
Since your probably not concerned about the receiver, clamping should work fine. I used the wood with the oval hole before and it worked great, but my barrel was not the original and probably a lot easier to remove then yours will be.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 07:49 PM
I'm with PK on this one. He's been at this a long time. I'm sure he didn't mean any offense. And neither do I.
I think....that what we might both be saying that without a good barrel wrench, it's very, very difficult - if not practically impossible - to remove the barrel without at the least....marring the finish....and most of the time (again, this is without a proper barrel wrench) gouge the steel. I've got some experience in this thing and can only say that having a few removals under one's belt reveals the 'tips and tricks' that only experience can provide. Besides this, everyone here is only trying to help you preserve a rather hard to come by kit.
The link below shows removal and installation of M1A1 bbls. It also shows several bbl wrenches. I think you'll find this is one of those 'picture is worth a thousand words' times.
FFL 07/SOT Class II
Posted 29 September 2003 - 08:50 PM
I wouldn't tackle this without a wrench as the barrel is probably worth more than the price of the wrench anyway, and you'll need a wrench when you put the barrel back on whatever you intend to use it on in the future.....
Posted 29 September 2003 - 10:53 PM
Both PK and Sam Alvarez (T&S) can be trusted...they have been on these board for quite some time.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 09:36 AM
Posted 30 September 2003 - 06:10 PM
inexpensive bbl wrench:
expensive bbl wrench and bbl jig:
Posted 30 September 2003 - 10:53 PM
Posted 30 September 2003 - 11:20 PM
When in gods name did they pass this "no parts" law?!!!
I mean, I have really about had it up to here with the amount of frikken taxes I pay, they sneak this crap through??? How can we keep track of what they are proposing?
I'm up to date with what McCarthy want's to do with our semi Westys and Kahrs ( put them under assault rifles and outlaw them), but this importation of parts just got by me.
Really, VOTE VOTE VOTE these bastards out, man, this burns me up.
in complete disgust,
Posted 01 October 2003 - 12:21 AM
As to booze, here they just lowered the level of alcohol that determines if one is DUI. Then if you get drunk and try not to drive its public drunkenness.
Sounds like prohibition all over again. Only this time without the Thompson's or B.A.R.. Oh, don't forget book burning, Fahrenheit 451 anyone????
Yes, it's all in the name of protecting the countries citizens, when even the law states that they can't protect us.
I have a carry permit for concealed/loaded firearms, but can't carry in Philly. (City of Brotherly Love) LOL< yeah right, Philly is where you need a gun the most.
Similar to Capitol Hill in D.C., robberies in broad daylight. One thing for certain the thief is safe because the law abiding citizen can't protect himself.
Posted 01 October 2003 - 02:14 AM
Posted 01 October 2003 - 08:54 AM
Posted 01 October 2003 - 11:52 AM
I think changing my corporate address to "go 37 mi past the stump on the intersection of Hwy 51 and old wagon trail road, north of Elko, Nevada" would be a better idea. (This is really not my address so don't look for me there...yet )
Posted 01 October 2003 - 03:42 PM
Posted 01 October 2003 - 04:00 PM