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New to me Pacific Press

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jgiehl, Aug 23, 2011.

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  1. jgiehl

    jgiehl Member

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    Went yard selling the other day with my wife and happened along a Pacific 007 press. Aluminum frame (very lightweight, creepily so). Steel linkage and operating bar with a plastic handle ball. Press frame was in good shape other than the finish that could merely rub off with a finger tip. Steel was fairly rusted up. But not a bad project. So I broke it down to pieces and started stripping the finish all the way off (forgot to take pictures) and then started painting the frame and lower portion (remembered to take pictures) a nice blue.
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    Then I painted the linkage and operating bar a beautiful primer gray.
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    When painted I tried to give the ball a nice tap back onto the bar and promptly split the thing in two
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    So I just figured I'd make my own out of some birch that my neighbor gave to me and I think it turned out pretty nice.
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    Then I put it all back together again.

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    Pretty fun project, and I definitely recommend it to anyone with some ambition and a spray can.
     
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  2. Rollis R. Karvellis

    Rollis R. Karvellis Member

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    Makes me want to go, and refinish my old Pacific C press.
     
  3. wes777

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    looks good
     
  4. AK_Maine_iac

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    Looks very nice. That color blue would look nice with an black 8 ball form an old pool Hall.
     
  5. loadedround

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    Like the color also. Sort of looks like a Dillon-Pacific press now.
     
  6. BYJO4

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    Very nice restoration job. Have you loaded anything yet?
     
  7. jgiehl

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    I haven't reloaded anything on it.
    Half way through I thought it would look real nice on my dad's workbench.
    He recently bought an Imbel FAL and he has a 1911 (caspian frame I believe with a Gold Cup slide on top.) He's talked about reloading and I figured this would give him a bit of motivation to get going.
     
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