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Old 09-18-2013, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RTP-001 Lever Refurbish Project (pic heavy)

I recently purchased RTP-001.





According to Rick, this was his first lever conversion. The lever action had seen a lot of use. It had about 1/2" of play before the lever engaged the linkage arm. It needed a fix.

I decided to enlist my father, a seasoned metal worker of 30+ years, to attempt a repair. He did 99% of the work; I just observed and offered advice.

Upon breaking it down, we found that the lever, cross bolt, and linkage arm were heavily worn. We attempted to weld up the aluminum lever, and re-drill and tap the holes. However, the weld wouldn't properly bond to the lever, as we couldn't match the grade of aluminum to the welding material. Attempts to drill caused the weld to come loose from the lever.


You can see the poor bond in the above picture.

It was a hard decision, but we decided to scrap the original lever and find a replacement. I found a gold plated and engraved Winchester 94 lever on eBay.



The lever is hardened steel, so we replaced the cam arm and bolt with steel components. The lever's center hole had to be drilled to a larger size.


The leather belt kept the gold plating from being damaged. We had to use a carbide bit in order to enlarge the hole, as the steel was very tough.

My father decided to use a different design for the action. Basically, the lever and linkage arm are welded together. The linkage arm is curved to clear the marker body and utilize the stock's existing arm slot. This reduces overall wear, yet still allows the action to be completely disassembled and serviced/ repaired.

After about 7 hours in the shop over a couple days, we had a very nice product.

The original lever:


The replacement:








The new action is very smooth. I'm very happy with the finished result. I still have to original components, in case it's ever necessary to make it original again. I understand some might think it blasphemy to replace the action- the very thing that makes it RTP-001. But it's a tool to me, and tools are no good damaged/broken.

It's not a wall hanger, I intend to use it in many future games. Given the time I spent with my father repairing this gun, I don't think I could ever sell it now. I appreciate his patience and expertise even more than before.

I'll take better pictures of the internals the next time I take it apart, and better pictures of the gun next time I take it outside.

Questions/comments/hate are appreciated!
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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very, very nice
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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So...uh...what's the price??
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Get in line.

I really like what you've done to it. That new lever is classy.
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Like I said, I won't be selling it. Working on it a couple nights with my dad makes it a very personal piece.

I appreciate the compliments, though.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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now you need a Rick to solder/braze you on a brass sight rail to compliment the gold lever.

Anyone heard from him lately?
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well done Cale. My old gun is obviously in great hands! I hope she gives you as many eliminations and good memories as it did for me.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well done Cale. My old gun is obviously in great hands! I hope she gives you as many eliminations and good memories as it did for me.
I'm very happy to have it! It's going to get a ton of use and plenty of TLC. I'm going to refinish the stock in a protective coating this winter.

Thanks again for letting her go to me.
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