This is my first complete project. I wanted to take a POS junker and turn it into something other than a paperweight. I think everyone should save at least one gun in their life.
I hope this sets a good example for anyone thinking about undertaking a similar project. You don't have to spend a ton of money - everything I used, I already had lying around the house.
As some of you know, I bought a model 15 police trade in priced at $70. When I received it, it had more rust than blue on it, the internals were lubricated with carbon sludge dating back to the '60s and the springs were garbage. I almost regretted spending any money on it at all.
I took a lot of time cleaning it very thoroughly. I then I gave it a bath in vinegar for two hours scrubbing each part with a fine bristle brass brush and scotch bright pads every half hour or so. I then rinsed the parts and dried them in the oven at 250° for 20 minutes.
I spent a couple hours today buffing the parts with a cotton wheel and Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish. I used my Dremel tool to detail some of the corners and small parts.
I just finished soaking/cleaning it with Break Free to remove any excess polish, assembled it and oiled it. It is now one sexy looking wheel gun. I plan on bluing it very soon but I want to enjoy the shine for a little. Also, there is a lot of pitting left over from the rust - any advise on fixing pitting would be helpful.
The new grips arrived yesterday and I expect the Wolf Spring kit next week, immediately followed by a range report.