With winter basically already here in Massachusetts and snow already freezing over my favorite fields, I decided it's time to start screwing with my guns again.
Credit for the build instructions goes to Vike http://www.freewebs.com/vikesbuildaspimmy/
About a year ago at this time I had a 2k2 Timmy, the thing shot great however the gun was old and not well cared for by the previous owner. I basically rebuilt the gun from the ground up. Eventually I couldn't bring myself to put any more cash into this money pit. So I traded it away so somebody else could deal with it.
Now I miss it, and I'm really starting to want a marker that is my own creation. I don't have access to a mill or any tools to fabricate a body like I dream of. So I chose the next best thing, that is building a Spimmy.
HEY LISTEN UP
Here's the part where I go don't attempt anything like this unless you know what you're doing. If using tools is like speaking a foreign language to you then I would advise against trying this. That being said it's your marker and you can do whatever you want
As a note this project requires access to several tools, most are common hand tools but some (ie a drill press and taps) are less common. The best way to get around this is to find a friend that has them. No sense buying expensive tools for one project.
If you've never heard of a Spimmy it is a fairly simply procedure of taking Bob Long Intimidator parts and putting them inside a Kingman Spyder body.
I've heard rumors that the reason this works is because when Bob was making the Intimidator, instead of designing an entirely new gun. He took the Defiant internals and put them inside the Millenium spyder bodies. I don't know how true this is but the two designs work very well together with very few modifications.
In a nutshell basically here is what is required:
1. find a pre-2009 Spyder, Piranha or similar style stacked tube blowback marker.
2. find a 2k2-2k5 Intimidator to harvest for parts
3. Drill the Spyder for eyes and eye covers
4. Drill a hole in the bottom tube for the front barb on the ram sleeve
5. Drill out the top of the marker to make it top cocking if it isn't already.
6. swap out the feedneck.
7. put all the parts in
8. set the regulators and go play
The process is fairly straightforward. Depending on how you want it to come out it could be harder.
Q: Why not just buy a bunch of Timmy parts?
A: It's actually CHEAPER to buy a complete Intimidator than it is to buy all the parts. Haven't you ever wondered why IOG is 80% part threads? You get more money when you part out.
Q:Why even bother then? If an Intimidator is cheaper why waste your time building this thing?
A: This is where I say that if you're asking that question, just stay for the pictures. It's creating a head turning gun that you built with your own two hands.
Set your budget
bear in mind a nice looking Spyder will run around $40 to $50 and a working Intimidator will be between $160 and $300 depending on what year it is. So this is by no means a cheap way to get an incredible eye turning gun.
I set my budget at $200 for all the parts
Now make a plan
What spyder will you be using? and what timmy will you be using?
I'm using a 2005 Spyder Pilot ACS in red to black fade and a hodgepodge mismatched Lasoya 2k2 I found on ebay. I'm also using a spyder threaded freak barrel with a purple tip. However this isn't important, the stock spyder barrel can be used.
Do you want to halfblock or mill your spyder?
I will not be doing this, the only thing I will be doing in terms of milling the body is drilling it to be top cocking.
If you wan't a milled out body by all means go for it.
Will you be installing eyes?
I will be because even though I own a rotor, I don't always use it and I don't like cleaning chops.
Installing eyes requires drilling a hole across the bottom of your breech so it can accept eyes. Supposedly it can be done with a hand drill but personally I wouldn't do it without a drill press.
You don't *need* eyes, the drilling process can be difficult, but they are nice to have.
Do you have your helping hand???
It's always good to have a friend around for any project, you never know when you might need a second pair of hands!!
OK...thats a wall of text.