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Old 10-21-2017, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How I killed an afternoon... (and built a front block for my Rainmaker)

I've been unhappy with the arrangement of pneumatic components on my Rainmakers for a while, and I had a day off today, so I spent some time in the garage. I had a nice chunk of aluminum that, with some careful cutting and seat-of-the-pants measurements got turned into a front block arrangement. It gives me mounting points for everything up front instead of spaced around the gun's body and makes it look even less like a Rainmaker.

These pics don't show it, but I went back into the garage and made a vertical adapter to go on so I don't have to wait for a Minicocker ASA to make it's way here... I'll end up swapping it out at some point once I get one.

One of these days I'm planning to send it out to get Cerakoted, I'm just saving up some cash and waiting for VooDoo_Coatings to take on work again.

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I don't think I've ever truly understood how a rainmaker worked until I saw your re-jigged hoses.

Beautiful work. Also good call with Voodoo, they've done great work for me in the past.
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I don't think I've ever truly understood how a rainmaker worked until I saw your re-jigged hoses.

Beautiful work. Also good call with Voodoo, they've done great work for me in the past.
Thanks! I've put a lot of time into this thing, trying to make something unique... at this point, there's not a whole lot that's still original.

I've been thinking about what I could do with getting air into the front block most of the week, and in the end, I decided against getting a Minicocker ASA and made my own, which I think will be stronger than a Minicocker version... this one threads right up to the front block and torques against it, so there shouldn't be any issues with potentially snapping it off.

I used an Automag vertical ASA, drilled straight through from the top and tapped it for 1/8" NPT. Once I'd threaded a pipe coupler into the front block, I drilled the VASA for clearance to allow the center of the pipe fitting to fit into the VASA, added a bunch of red Loctite, and torqued it on. The original air port on the side allows me to use a gauge instead of the port on the Stabilizer and lets me know what pressure I'm running regardless of type of reg on there, in case I want to swap on a CP reg that I have.

One other thing I did was install some PPS delrin flat rings on the bolt - I was cleaning up my work bench downstairs today and found them back from another project. They help a lot with the loose fit on the bolt but don't increase drag drastically.

I plan to Cerakote everything at some point, just haven't decided on color.

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And God turned to Gabriel and said: “I shall create a land called Canada of outstanding natural beauty, with majestic mountains soaring with eagles, sparkling lakes abundant with bass and trout, forests full of elk and moose, and rivers stocked with salmon. I shall make the land rich in oil so the inhabitants prosper and call them Canadians, and they shall be praised as the friendliest of all people.”

“But Lord,” asked Gabriel, “Is this not too generous to these Canadians?”

And God replied, “Just wait and see the neighbors I shall inflict upon them.”

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