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Meteor mk5 restoration

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Meteor62, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Meteor62

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    I was unsure as to whether to do a thread on this as restoration meteors have been done to death but decided to as when it's complete the rifle will be up for sale on this forum.

    I purchased the gun off forum member Kenbarcon who informed me he was given the rifle as it was in a sorry state having spent its life keeping down the local rat population on a rough council estate in Manchester. I love it when I know a bit about a guns history it sort of adds character to it.

    The reason I purchased it was because I love refurbing old springers and have a soft spot for the old meteors.

    Ken had intended on a refurb of the gun himself and had even made a start by staining the stock and rubbing down the badly rust pitted barrel. Unfortunately the barrel was still heavily pitted. Also looking at the main body of the gun it was obvious I had my work cut out for me.

    Anyway, here's the rifle as it came to me.
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    And here's the pitted barrel.
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    Firstly I would get to work with some of this stuff
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    Don't know what it's called but it's good stuff. To be continued
     
  2. valboskie

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    I hope it works better than the stuff I have been using .
    And im glad you have done this thread I really enjoy reading them picking up tips
    Then seeing the end results .
    Atb
    David
     
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    I don't know if the colour means anything with abrasive papers, but when they had the builders in next door there was a lot in the skip the same colour, it was Aluminium Oxide.
     
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    Looking forward to a update
     
  5. Meteor62

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    Yep I believe its aluminium oxide. Anyway it's looking better after 45 minutes of rubbing down and one blister later
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    More work to be done yet though.
     
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    The cylinder that looks like it's taken a hammering in its time.
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    Decided to open her up whilst my thumb heels. Instantly I could see a broken mainspring.
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    Using a little compression gadget to press down on the spring guide
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    Which as expected with the broken spring didn't take much effort
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    Broken spring
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    Out with the piston that was covered in grease
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    Cleaned up the piston head, the seal o ring is worn but not as bad as some I've seen and for once the buffer washer is in tact.
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    Piston sprayed liberally in this stuff.
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    Stay tuned folks.
     
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    Looking forward to next installment.:up:
     
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    Nice - old BSA's are a lot of fun to fettle. Will follow this with interest.
     
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    love posts like these. shall be following this. atb Ash
     
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    Keep it going, my Mk5 is waiting to be done and I'm gathering parts and ideas. Can't wait to see what you do. Your other Meteors are beauties. :)
     
  11. Meteor62

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    Will be updating in between work commitments
     
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    Managed to sneak half hour back on the barrel today. Although the picture doe sent show a lot the rust pitting is slowly being eradicated.
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    I'm in no doubt that it'll look as good as new when you've got it finished... you can't have too many Meteors in my opinion!
     
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    Managed to sneak an hour and half today. Had to buy some more of this stuff to take the pitting out.
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    Got to work on the barrel got most of the pitting out apart from a few pock marks on the end of the barrel.
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    Then rubbed down with descending grades of wet n dry used wet to get a smooth shiny finish, then started on the main cylinder which also has its fair share of rusting. Not sure if you can see the brown dust rust particles in this image.
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    Pitting fortunately wasn't very deep and the aluminium oxide took no time at all in grinding it out. Here's how it stands at the moment but lots more to be done yet.
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    I have decided I'm going to paint this so it's like original. Not sure what paint to use but think I will need to use etch primer? Before I paint it to give it something to hold onto. Any advice here is welcome.
     
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    Does any one know what BSA originally used to paint their guns with?

    Whatever it was it's good, I've got an elderly painted Mercury that's pretty immaculate, & I've just been working with a Meteor barrel that wasn't pretty good as well.
     
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    They stove enamelled them I believe
     
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    Quick whizz through the barrel shows a bit of rust in there too.
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    Managed to sneak a bit more time on this today. In between sanding down the main body tube I took to sanding down the stock with coarse wet n dry used dry.
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    Before
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    After.
    Sorry to drag this refurb out but I'm having to snatch an hour here and an hour there.

    Next I will get some etch primer and satin black spray from halfords for the metal work and some wood dye and Danish oil for the stock.
     
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    It looks brilliant so far mate. I used plastikote bbq paint on mine and etch primer but it's scratching Off far to easily it looked really good when I had finished it but my wedding ring scratched it when I cocked it.
    If I had to do it again it will be hammerite I use.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what results you get with what ever you decide to use.

    I need to get some of that aluminum oxide paper I'm 27 hours into sanding the falcon and it's still pitted.
    Yours cleaned up much quicker
    Atb
    David
     

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