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Hi, I just joined tonight. Names Jim. I purchased one of the last M64 kits from apex. and was wondering if vz58 had any of the repair plates available? I just received the kit today. I thought about trying to grind down the stubs to fit a stamped receiver. But after looking at the tutorials It looks as if the repair plates may be the way to go.
Im sure I'll be asking alot of dumb questions in the near future. Ive got a romanian underfolder I can go and compare while Im working on this build. Ive never built any type of gun, so this should be fun. If anyones got any tips I appreciate it.
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vz58 describes and has a pictorial of the process at the beginning of this thread. What else do you need to know?
 

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Be patient, vz is or will be around :)
 

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This is where I keep the most up to date list of plates.
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I just got back from the media blaster with the latest batch of plates. I will inspect them tomorrow and hope to have a list up there on what is available. I do plan on doing a batch of m70,type III, and hungarian extra long in the near future. The m64 are really too much of a PITA because of all the extra setups they need. Thus, I dont do a few of them at a time, I have to get a substantial number ordered first.

However, if you only want the exterior cut to be similar to the factory (as opposed to as close as I can get it) it would eliminate a few steps and I might could do ones and two's.

Oh, and because of a bunch of requests I will probably do a Hungarian rebuild and update this link when I do it in the next month or 2.



sjohnson your avatar kills me
I just cant seem to save it. Tips?
 

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I'm in Firefox, there I just right-click on the image, select "Save Image As" and go to town.

PM if that doesn't work, I'll email it to you.

Here are some more, discovered a couple of days ago on a forum I'd never heard of before. They have a thread with dozens of animated gifs.


 

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Hi vz58, I went over but it needed a registration. If you were to run a set of side for the m64, could you tell us whats close? is the inside milled so the bolt slides? This is my first build, I thought about doing a stamped, but the price is a bit more than I want to spend. I thought about getting a M70 underfolder flat and maybe doubling it up with a sheet of steel to get the thickness right and plug weld them together.
But if your plate are close, I dont mind wittling it down with a dremel to make it work. Basically Im going to be happy if it looks decent and works when Im done.
I was even thinking of stuffing the stub into a stamped reciever flat and plug welding it. Jim
 

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Jim look at the photo of the m64 at the beginning of this thread. We didnt know where the left side contour was to begin or even what it looked like then. Now look at the akforum first photo, you will see the difference. I will make one this week and post a pic of the slightly different (much easier) plate and see if its got any interest. I have seriously considered not making anymore 64 plates as they are far more trouble then they are worth.
 

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Okay went and registered, waiting for the admin to send a verification. So I guess the 64 dollar question is will the easier plate still work okay for a first time builder? Ive got a 100amp lincoln mig welder with gas. Im mainly a car nut myself, Ive butt welded 8 or 9 lower fender patches for my elcaminos and chevelles. Ive even cut a cowl induction dome off a 70 SS hood and welded it to my camaro hood without warping it.
The kit I got in the mail the front stub is cut where the indent on the right side starts to slope down. Not like the one in the photo on this site. Jim
 

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Okay went and registered, waiting for the admin to send a verification. So I guess the 64 dollar question is will the easier plate still work okay for a first time builder? Ive got a 100amp lincoln mig welder with gas. Im mainly a car nut myself, Ive butt welded 8 or 9 lower fender patches for my elcaminos and chevelles. Ive even cut a cowl induction dome off a 70 SS hood and welded it to my camaro hood without warping it.
The kit I got in the mail the front stub is cut where the indent on the right side starts to slope down. Not like the one in the photo on this site. Jim
hi jim. congrats on getting one before they sold out. the "lightning cut" as what i have been told its called, is that "indent" you called it IS. you wont have a problem making it look good. just dont get in a hurry. go slow and check every thing to make sure everything it straight. a dremmel tool will be your new best friend. you will be fine. now the barrel, thats the biggest concern for me.....is if it will shoot the broad side of the barn at 100 yards or not.

let me know when you get your verification. ive been waiting over a week! whaaats up!
 

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Just got my verification this morning. havent been over there yet,(xmas shopping) barrel did pass the bullet test, thought about trading it for a romy g kit but decided I like the milled look better. Jim
 

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specialev it will be a few days/week before I post them for sale and I will post here to in the for sale section
 

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specialev it will be a few days/week before I post them for sale and I will post here to in the for sale section
VZ...I recently bought one of the M64 kits also....should be here tuesday. At first I was set to grind the trunions down and slip them into a folded flat as described on another thread. But this fix looks much better. It's my first attempt at a build but I think I could do it. Would a 90 amp flux wire welder from HF do the trick? I'll be watching but I believe that I would like a set of your plates also.
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VZ...I recently bought one of the M64 kits also....should be here tuesday. At first I was set to grind the trunions down and slip them into a folded flat as described on another thread. But this fix looks much better. It's my first attempt at a build but I think I could do it. Would a 90 amp flux wire welder from HF do the trick? I'll be watching but I believe that I would like a set of your plates also.
thanks
Flux core is not optimal, but it would/could work. You would be plenty surprised to know that you could build an inexpensive purge box, fill it with cheap CO2 and weld with non-flux wire to get much better results.

Flux core will work, just make sure to coat the receiver in anti-splatter coating (the stuff they use to protect MIG nozzles) and you should be good even with the flux core and it will make the splatter a non issue for the most part. If you MIG weld without flux core wire, this trick can help too. Of course a TIG will get the nicest result on something like this.

I'm waiting for someone to use JB weld though. ;)

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