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    Ok I bought a romy G kit I started taking it apart I am not in a big hurry ... I have been reading up on the build I was thinking of doing a part screw and part rivet build because I don't want to remove the barrell has any of you done this or see any problems arising from this . Next question what do you guys use to remove the old finish from the wood stocks....Thanks in advance .....CAR81

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    I wont say anything about a screw build because I havent done one, but to remove the finish from the furniture there are a few things you can use. If you want to use a stripper, a spraycan of kleenstrip works perfectly for me, with almost no effort. On the furniture I did today, I didnt feel like using chemicals, so I just used my orbital sander and dremel instead. That actually took less time than stripping it, and you dont have to wait for the wood to dry before refinishing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAR81
    Ok I bought a romy G kit I started taking it apart I am not in a big hurry ... I have been reading up on the build I was thinking of doing a part screw and part rivet build because I don't want to remove the barrell has any of you done this or see any problems arising from this.


    First off, welcome to Gunco!

    I?ve done both and vowed never to do a screw build again. That metal is very hard and laughs at taps.

    Riveting isn?t that difficult and neither is removing/reinstalling the barrel. If you?re not in a hurry, you may be able to beg/barter shop time to use a shop press (bearing press in an auto shop) to push the barrel. A BFH, pipe (or other soft metal) and pennies can be used to press out the barrel. Pressing in can be done with pipe clamps (not wood clamps) or I-beam clamps. Or a press. J

    The benefit you have is that you?re not in a hurry, so rummaging for services can give you some cheap alternatives to buying all the equipment yourself.

    Follow the link in my sig for the bolt cutter rivet squeezer for cheap riveting.

    Next question what do you guys use to remove the old finish from the wood stocks....Thanks in advance .....CAR81

    If it is shellac, then denatured alcohol will dissolve it. If it is cosmolene, you can wash it in the dishwasher (but not dry it!!!!) or use a good degreaser to remove the gunk.

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    I have access to a big press and I have plenty of drills and tools I Just don't know about the barrell removal..... the screws sound alot simpler

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    hcpookie is right!!! I "lack" the tools to do a complete build, ie sandblasting and a 20 ton press, but I have quickly found out that being nice at the local machine shops and bringing coffee with you... gets you access to the equipment...

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    I would strongly recommend that you buy this how to CD from one of our greatest pioneer builders here at Gunco "Toten Kopf". They are only $9.99 and give you step by step highly detailed info.

    You should remove the barrel even if you plan on doing a screw build. But I would not suggest to anyone to screw a AK together when rivets are so easy to do.

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    not to take away from the rivet heads, ha ha
    a screw build is easy, just use a 1/4" nut as a depth guide and you should not hit the barrel. if at a latter date you need to make it a rivet job you still can. muttman

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    One more "well done" TK!!

    And car81 -- these things can be stuck together with about anything. Screws, weld, Rivets, Skoal -- if you don't like it do it with something different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAR81
    I have access to a big press and I have plenty of drills and tools I Just don't know about the barrell removal..... the screws sound alot simpler
    Barrel removal is the easy part - you drive out the barrel pin, lay some pennies on the breech, and use the BFH (Big F'ing Hammer) to hammer a cheater bar, long rod, or something against it and drive it out. To be honest, I rarely use the press to remove a barrel because I can be halfway done with the hammer before I get the press set up to remove it.

    Some people also use a harmonic balancer puller. That is a little more elegant solution than a hammer, but the same principle applies - breech/pennies/push screw, and the claws grab the front of the barrel.

    The barrel pin can be out with a vise and a 1/4" bolt:

    http://pookieweb.dyndns.org:61129/AK...barrel_pin.htm

    HTH

    Quote Originally Posted by muttman
    not to take away from the rivet heads, ha ha
    a screw build is easy, just use a 1/4" nut as a depth guide and you should not hit the barrel. if at a latter date you need to make it a rivet job you still can.
    And don't listen to muttman, he's smoking crack!
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    A build party sounds very helpful I am in Gastonia Right outside Charlotte N.C. .. A friend of my moms is a furnature refinisher he has the stocks off of my ak I took them today he is stripping them for FREE!!!

    I am going to the machine shop to grind a few more rivets out in a little while...

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