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Old 03-13-2010, 01:09 PM #1
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milling impulse

ok first off i know its my gun i can do what i want, but would it be a good idea to mill some of the top tube off, i dont know if it would be wise seeing as its an older marker and there aernt many left
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:13 PM #2
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"Why not?"

So many people mill off the back half of the top tube to give them quicker bolt removal access or just to freshen up the looks of the marker.
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:54 PM #3
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oh ok i didnt know, with a marker like that some people are like why did you do that to marker like that
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:06 PM #4
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oh ok i didnt know, with a marker like that some people are like why did you do that to marker like that
meh... It is your marker, do with it as you like. Just be sure to take your time and leave it looking clean and smooth.

Stock bodies can be a canvas for creativity.
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:39 PM #5
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i was going to take it to a machine shop because all i have is a dremel tool, my girlfriends dad has a circular saw i could use but i dont want to mess the body up it i cut the top tub wrong, and i dont have the money to get it re annoed after im done, i just want to chop off part of the top tube does anybody have any directions for this so i dont mess it up
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:28 PM #6
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ok as i posted before but no one posted back, does anybody have any directions for milling off the top tube on an imp and where would be the best place to mill it off, i figured if i did it i would just mill it off where the back of the slot for the bolt pin ends
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:37 AM #7
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that would work. do what you want/what you think will look good. elia had several pics of imps he did maybe look at those and get an idea what kind of look you want.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:51 PM #8
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what would be the best way to mill it
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:55 PM #9
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were are those pics at, iv looked in the pic thread but didnt find them
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:06 PM #10
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:19 PM #11
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well i have a circular saw but i think cutting from the top of the tub to the bottom would be hard
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Don't, don't, don't use a circular saw. If you manage to do it without lopping your hand off, you'll not like the outcome.

Dremel is about the best bet if you insist on doing this yourself. Make sure to have a full array of bits on hand, and take your time. I've milled many bodies by hand and I took several hours, sometimes days, to do the job right. You can take off a ton of material, just remember not to remove too much. Measure everything out, and make sure if you use a hacksaw, to make the cuts straight from one side to the other, unless you want to do a whole lot of extra clean-up to make things look right.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:40 PM #13
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thanks for the link i know how i want to mill it now
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:44 PM #14
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i have a dremel but i dont see how i could use only that to mill it, and i can get a hacksaw, the only problem with the hacksaw is if you dont use any oil or anything it doesnt want to cooperate and the blade likes to bend, what if i used a table saw

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You don't only have to use a dremel, or at all. But a dremel will turn at the rpm required to make nice, clean cuts with minimal binding, and it's easier to control. I'm simply trying to guide you in a direction that will make things easier for you. Using a table saw, or any circular saw, you have to make sure you use the right blade, for one, and secondly, it's dangerous to put your hands that close to one of those blades when they're turning. Using a table saw will also be very difficult because you'll have to make some sort of jig to keep the body lined up straight, otherwise your cuts will be off.
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:16 PM #16
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i forgot to mention that the circular saw is one where you bolt it to your work bench, so in other words as long as i take it slow even with a hack saw and dremel it is possible, the only hard part is the cut from the back of the body to where im cutting it off
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On one of mine I just used a hacksaw, and then used a bastard file to flatten it all out.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:32 AM #18
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how long did it take you
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It took me 30 minutes to hack off the back of the top tube, and a couple hours to file it flat. I'm sure a belt sander would've done a faster job of smoothing it out.

You can cut aluminum pretty fast with a hacksaw, but the finish work to make it all look good and smooth takes a while.

If you're wondering how much you can cut off, it's a good idea to leave the whole bolt pin slot.
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:32 PM #20
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why is it good to leave the whole bolt pin slot
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:38 PM #21
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if you take out the bolt/ pin, you will notice the same sized slot that connects the ram assembly tube with the upper tube, so if you mill beyond this, you risk altering the way the air supposed to flow to the bolt, and it might look funny.
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