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Old 01-30-2013, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Twister Restoration... sort of

A Twister has been my dream gun since the late 90's. I couldn't afford one back then, of course, but now I've gotten to a point where I have the means to pick one up and prices have come down somewhat

So a few months back when laxpro69 put up this body kit for sale I had to pick it up. A centerfeed P-block was my preferred style and though this on was drilled I figured I could make it work. It was one that I didn't have to worry about ruining a factory anno and one I could build the way I wanted without removing stock parts and taking away from it's value.



I'd heard contradictory reports on how successful it would to tig weld the eye holes. No one seemed to have any pictures posted of how one looked after anno, so I took a shot at it.

Stripped the anno, cleaned and prepped and then welded the holes...



Took the excess off with a mill...



Touched it up with a sanding block and 400 grit paper down to "0000" steel wool. You can see that the welded area is a slightly different shade than the surrounding body...



Got all my parts disassembled cleaned and packed them off to Tonsixers! They did an outstanding job! However the weld did not take anno pefectly...





It doesn't look horrible but it is definitely noticeable. Robertsr is making a set of custom grips and a couple of jewels with the BPS logo. I'm planning on just putting the BPS logo jewel over the weld but I keep second guessing it. I'll just have to see how it looks when I get them.

I still have a match anno'd front block that I need to find pnues for but I'm still debating on whether to put chrome or black pneus on it.

Until then it was good enough to win Cocker of the Month in the pump category at Custom Cockers!

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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saw a guy fix a dallara body somewhere on here he had his buddy make a pin that was oversized. hit it in the whole then cut it off and cleaned it up. cut the extra off inside. looked great. your project looks pretty good.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks a ton better then it did before. I'm glad to see someone trying something to fix some of these nice older bodies. What kind of rod did you use when you welded it.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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After seeing that tortured body float around for 6-9 months, it is good to see that it found someone to really give it some good treatment. I approve!
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Could have tryed dual detents?

Btw. Looks amazing!
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went with this...

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VERY NICE! Robert does great work too!
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I think I'm crying... that is a beautiful gun man. Well done.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Could have tryed dual detents?

Btw. Looks amazing!
That's what I'd personally do....way less work.

But anyway wow, this project came out absolutely great! love it man!
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