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Old 01-09-2015, 05:36 PM #1
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Evolution-X Mini restoration

So I thought I'd share my latest cocker project because I'm pretty proud that I saved this diamond in the rough.

Sidebar about me since I don't typically post on the cocker forum. Back in the day I used to build and mill cockers up through '03 when I retired from competitive paintball. Skip forward to my return to paintball a few years back. Mostly I am, and always will be, a major Angel LED nut. I have a couple dozen of them. But when I'm not working on Angels I like building other project guns including cockers.

Anyway, a Angel buddy bought this Evo Mini in a large lot of Angel/paintball stuff. Since I had never owned a Mini I knew that I had to save it. It was in sad shape, very sad shape. Most Belsales parts were missing, it was IMHO the ugliest color scheme that they built, and somebody had laser engraved "Thug Life" across the side. There was also another big problem that I will come back to. So I completely disassembled the gun, took it to my anodizer and had the finish stripped. I then reworked the finish, re-blasted the texture, sourced parts, and took it back for jet black anodizing. I just picked it up this afternoon. I couldn't be happier! I'm searching for a black 3-way but otherwise this is how it will stay. Here is the mock up.



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Old 01-09-2015, 05:41 PM #2
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Now for the point that I was going to come back to, the saddest part of all. It involves this region. Any guesses?





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Old 01-09-2015, 05:47 PM #3
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That Evo right there had been drilled for eyes!

I had been working up a plan in my mind to repair drilled cockers for a while. Rare models deserve proper restoration but I have had trouble with color match on the Angel repairs that I had done with weld. So this gave me an opportunity to try out a new method that I had come up with. Well as you can see the experiment worked! With the naked eye up close you can slightly(VERY SLIGHTLY) see a witness but you would have to know it's there and even then put the gun an inch from your nose to even see it. I call this repair a success!

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Old 01-09-2015, 05:58 PM #4
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beautiful ryan. So, want to repair the eyes on my rock lcd?
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:18 PM #5
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Interesting......

May breathe new life into hack job drilled bodies.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:24 PM #6
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Yeah, that looks really sharp Ryan. Really good job on the resto!
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:07 PM #7
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Yeah, that looks really sharp Ryan. Really good job on the resto!
Thanks Nate!
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:24 PM #8
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beautiful ryan. So, want to repair the eyes on my rock lcd?
As long as you send it with a blank check Jeff. Lol
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:00 PM #9
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Great job. How does one go a bout repairing a drilled body? I am interested in doing this..
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:47 PM #10
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Great job. How does one go a bout repairing a drilled body? I am interested in doing this..
I used 6061 aluminum. It involved a milling machine, a lathe, and a lot of hand work. It was a pain but some cockers are worth the effort. It's not the sort of job that can be done easily as a DIY if that's what you are asking. I have a full machine shop at my disposal, I'm a toolmaker by trade.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:01 PM #11
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great job, congrats!!!

...blind, undrilled for eyes and detent, karnivor body... that would be awesome
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:42 AM #12
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Awesome work!
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:30 PM #13
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great job, congrats!!!

...blind, undrilled for eyes and detent, karnivor body... that would be awesome
Used to dream WGP would do that one day, and reverse or at least make a straight va.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:45 AM #14
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Gotta ask where the body came from(do you have any pics of the gun how you got it). I bought it back in prob 03-04, already had the "thug life" lasered on it and the eye hole drilled. I used it for a year then resold it.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:08 AM #15
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What kind of jackass honestly gets thug life put onto an evo even as a joke...
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:50 AM #16
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Seriously, awesome work. Never would have guessed that it was drilled. Very well done!
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:28 PM #17
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Gotta ask where the body came from(do you have any pics of the gun how you got it). I bought it back in prob 03-04, already had the "thug life" lasered on it and the eye hole drilled. I used it for a year then resold it.
What a sad sad Evo this was...

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Old 03-17-2015, 06:24 PM #18
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Yep, that's the body. I sold it with as the body, BB and FB, and a Delrin Evo bolt. Really surprised it didn't show up before now
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:22 AM #19
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The guy had it up on here for sale, well maybe not the Evo but the 2 Vikings he did. Tried getting the Vikings but he was unrealistic with his pricing. Brad(ECA) ended up picking up the whole lot from his girlfriend, he got kicked out or arrested, something crazy like that where you piss off your other half and they end up selling all your stuff for pennies on the dollar.
Anyways, I still ended up with the 2 Vikings and Ryan got the Evo. There was a NYX Matrix and a Timmy in that lot as well. Not sure who Brad sold those to. And I want to say they came from the Mountain region. You'd have to ask Brad if he remembers.
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:17 AM #20
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The guns were mine. And none of the last post is true other than my grimmy ex wife sold everything for nothing. I'm just glad they all ended up with collectors and got completed. As far as the story, if you don't know dont make stuff up. I did a lot of biz with brad and some with runkle, good guys to deal with. I miss my unmilled 03 vike, nyx, and 01 impact the most. But they are gone
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Well, that's awesome.

Nice job filling the eye hole.
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