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CanIhaveGasCash
02-10-2010, 04:47
I picked up an older kimber CDPII off of a buddy for dirt cheap. The grip bushing threads in the frame are stripped, I'd like to find a stock sized tap to try and see if I can save them before I go with an oversized tap and bushings, but I haven't been able to find one.

The only other thing wrong with it is that the frame has some holster wear, scratches, and dings. I'd like to get it refinished. Which companies have you guys had experience with.

I've got the 1911 bug. This makes #3 and I'm looking to order #4.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e84/canihavegascash/utf-8BSU1HMDAyNzEuanBn.jpg

I'm not looking to put a whole lot of money into it since I'd like to keep it as a beater gun.

glock2740
02-10-2010, 10:04
Send it to Chuck Rogers. Have him golf ball it before he refinishes it. Thank me later :thumbsup:

CMG
02-10-2010, 11:36
I picked up an older kimber CDPII off of a buddy for dirt cheap. The grip bushing threads in the frame are stripped, I'd like to find a stock sized tap to try and see if I can save them before I go with an oversized tap and bushings, but I haven't been able to find one.

The only other thing wrong with it is that the frame has some holster wear, scratches, and dings. I'd like to get it refinished. Which companies have you guys had experience with.

I'll put some pictures up tomorrow.

I've got the 1911 bug. This makes #3 and I'm looking to order #4.

Brownells has the standard (.236"-60) tap

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=618/Product/1911_AUTO_STOCK_BUSHINGS__SCREWS____TAPS

CanIhaveGasCash
02-10-2010, 14:39
Send it to Chuck Rogers. Have him golf ball it before he refinishes it. Thank me later :thumbsup:

Too bad his website says that he isn't taking in any new work

AZ Husker
02-10-2010, 15:58
Never hurts to try.

Rinspeed
02-10-2010, 17:46
Too bad his website says that he isn't taking in any new work



Not sure about refinishing but I've heard Chuck say he does the Golf Ball machining in batches and might take this work if you ask real nicely.



ETA; Oh and get them damn grips off that thing. :)

CanIhaveGasCash
02-10-2010, 19:17
Not sure about refinishing but I've heard Chuck say he does the Golf Ball machining in batches and might take this work if you ask real nicely.



ETA; Oh and get them damn grips off that thing. :)

I'll give him a call tomorrow. Any idea on how much that runs?

I have set of VZ grips in the mail. It has an extended slide stop on it that interferes with an extra set of grips that I have, hopefully that won"t be an issue with the VZ's but if it is I'll just order a standard slide stop.

Rinspeed
02-10-2010, 19:37
I'll give him a call tomorrow. Any idea on how much that runs?




No and even if I did I wouldn't post it. Chuck posts here at GT and he's grumpier than hell sometimes. :supergrin:

krunchnik
02-10-2010, 19:49
I also traded a Para for a used kimber TLE/RL II that the frame and slide were showing some considerable holster wear(he carried it in a Fobus paddle)so my son gave me a bottle of G96 cold blueing,decided to try it out,it worked pretty well.All I did was strip the grips off and cleaned the frame and slide with acetone(Wifees fingernail polish remover)and rubbed the heck out of it with the blueing.

Before
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx272/krunchnik/IMG_0941.jpg

After

http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx272/krunchnik/IMG_0963.jpg

:supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:

bac1023
02-10-2010, 20:28
No and even if I did I wouldn't post it. Chuck posts here at GT and he's grumpier than hell sometimes. :supergrin:

:rofl:

wrenrj1
02-10-2010, 20:33
Don't give it love! Use it for sex! shoot that baby! Use it as a working gun, one that you don't care how it looks, but how it works.

Brucev
02-10-2010, 20:41
I also traded a Para for a used kimber TLE/RL II that the frame and slide were showing some considerable holster wear(he carried it in a Fobus paddle)so my son gave me a bottle of G96 cold blueing,decided to try it out,it worked pretty well.All I did was strip the grips off and cleaned the frame and slide with acetone(Wifees fingernail polish remover)and rubbed the heck out of it with the blueing.

Before
http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx272/krunchnik/IMG_0941.jpg

After

http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx272/krunchnik/IMG_0963.jpg

:supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:

That is a decided improvement. Well worth the small investment in G-96 Cold Blue and (smooth move) your wife's finger nail polish remover!

CanIhaveGasCash
02-10-2010, 20:43
Don't give it love! Use it for sex! shoot that baby! Use it as a working gun, one that you don't care how it looks, but how it works.

I will definitely use it as a working gun, but it wouldn't hurt for it to look a little nicer.

Black Cloud
02-11-2010, 04:27
I also traded a Para for a used kimber TLE/RL II that the frame and slide were showing some considerable holster wear(he carried it in a Fobus paddle)so my son gave me a bottle of G96 cold blueing,decided to try it out,it worked pretty well.All I did was strip the grips off and cleaned the frame and slide with acetone(Wifees fingernail polish remover)and rubbed the heck out of it with the blueing.
:supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:


Wow that looks great.

pistolwrench
02-11-2010, 12:27
Yup, I am grumpy at times.


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pennypincher can trigger it in a heartbeat. :rofl:

My golfballing is done in batches. Every 8-12 weeks.
But I don't think the OP needs it at this point.
I say shoot the heck out of it, spend money on ammo.
And then, 5000rds down the road(range), enhance and refinish.

I'd suggest using someone of proven competence to repair the bushing threads. This can be moderately difficult and if the repair goes bad.....
the re-repair will be $.

CanIhaveGasCash
02-11-2010, 17:06
Got rid of those terrible rubber grips and threw on an extra pair that I have and put about 100 rounds through her without a hiccup. Now i just need to wait for the tap to show up in the mail tomorrow so I can clean up the threads and put some new bushings in.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e84/canihavegascash/utf-8BSU1HMDAyNzQuanBn.jpg

jeremy stanke
02-11-2010, 17:35
.....

CanIhaveGasCash
02-11-2010, 18:01
do you mind me asking how much you paid for it? im just curious, i too bought a used kimber. i couldnt pass it up for 600 especially since it came with 4 wilson mags, holster, and 2 mag pouches. i plan on getting it bead blasted though back to its original stainless finish.
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/cougar8040/mynewkimber.jpg

I picked it up for $400.00

jeremy stanke
02-11-2010, 18:22
wow, thats a crazy good price. nice job

testosterone
02-11-2010, 19:13
do you mind me asking how much you paid for it? im just curious, i too bought a used kimber. i couldnt pass it up for 600 especially since it came with 4 wilson mags, holster, and 2 mag pouches. i plan on getting it bead blasted though back to its original stainless finish.
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t175/cougar8040/mynewkimber.jpg

Call me crazy, I love the way this one looks the way she sits.

Ol'Slabsides
02-14-2010, 23:05
Got rid of those terrible rubber grips and threw on an extra pair that I have and put about 100 rounds through her without a hiccup. Now i just need to wait for the tap to show up in the mail tomorrow so I can clean up the threads and put some new bushings in.



Well, don't keep us waiting, Cash. One post after Chuck recommended using a pro to redo the bushings, you were about to wade into it... How'd it go? Gotta say, those grips in your first pic were... disturbingly atrocious. Vulgar, even. Keep us posted with your progress!

CanIhaveGasCash
02-15-2010, 05:10
Well, don't keep us waiting, Cash. One post after Chuck recommended using a pro to redo the bushings, you were about to wade into it... How'd it go? Gotta say, those grips in your first pic were... disturbingly atrocious. Vulgar, even. Keep us posted with your progress!

I re-did the bushings last night. I was able to retap or clean up the threads on three of them with a stock sized tap and had to use the oversized tap and bushing on one. It worked out very well and is definitely better than sticking some red lock-tite on it and hoping it holds.

It was a fairly simple process, but I've had experience re-tapping threads in the automotive realm. I still have to file down the height of the bushings just a tad so that the grips sit flush against the frame.

I'll post up some quality pictures tomorrow instead of the crappy cell phone pics.

If I wake up early enough I think I am going to give customized creationz in AZ a call tomorrow to see what the turnaround would be on refinishing.

And yes, I agree that the grips the previous owner put on it were hideous.

dp509
02-15-2010, 13:14
Wow that looks great.

I agree :wow:

CanIhaveGasCash
02-15-2010, 14:33
Couple of pictures with the new grips, and one with the pro crimson carry.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e84/canihavegascash/IMG_1509.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e84/canihavegascash/IMG_1510.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e84/canihavegascash/IMG_1509.jpg
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e84/canihavegascash/IMG_1511.jpg

jeremy stanke
09-10-2010, 20:13
im sorry, i was trying to edit my old post and it created a new one.

Wade-19
09-10-2010, 20:24
Can you golfball a CDP ? Aren't they checkered from the factory ?


Yup, I am grumpy at times.


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pennypincher can trigger it in a heartbeat. :rofl:

My golfballing is done in batches. Every 8-12 weeks.
But I don't think the OP needs it at this point.
I say shoot the heck out of it, spend money on ammo.
And then, 5000rds down the road(range), enhance and refinish.

I'd suggest using someone of proven competence to repair the bushing threads. This can be moderately difficult and if the repair goes bad.....
the re-repair will be $.