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    Made some good progress today. Got the remaining rear trunnion rivets installed. I decided to just go for it on the one that goes through the scope rail and see what happens. Turned out great on the first try. So I think what is going on is not so much the radius of the tool opens on but more how much of the tail is protruding unsupported. Maybe this means I need to be more aware of the tool angle with respect to the work, I'm not sure. In any case for the other side I just trimmed the rivet down to .54" OAL and that made it a bit easier but still left enough material to form. I still had issues with it wanting to bend over, but I caught that it was doing it early enough that I stopped and was able to spin it 180 degrees in the hole and set it the rest of the way. Its still not perfect but good enough that it could be evened up with a file if I decide to.

    The front rivet for the rail went in with no problems, but the middle one is a problem. The geometry of the rail is a bit different than on the AKM rail that AK Builder sells. The gap is narrower and has a taper to it. I didn't notice this until today and I mistakenly assumed that you could use the toth tool on it since I'd seen mel64d do it in a video a while back. Upon reviewing it I realized that the AKM rail that spot is flat with a wider cutout so you're able to get the tool in on those but not on the 74 rails. So now I gotta figure what to do about that rivet. It's always something haha.

    Also cleaned out the bore today as I forgot to do it when degreasing the other parts. I didn't have a container big enough to fit the barrel assembly in to boil it out so I just heated the gas block with a heat gun for ten minutes or so to try and melt out whatever is in there. Let it cool for a bit and ran a few patches with rubbing alcohol on them down the bore followed by one with oil and it looks very clean and shiny. Didn't take much at all to get it clean, I think the heat diffusing through the rest of the barrel helped free up a lot of it. Forgot to mention there's a fair bit of galling on one side. Don't think I did it given how its shaped it looks like it happened when the barrel was pressed in at the factory or perhaps during the original de-mill. Not sure if I should try to do anything about it or not.
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    I'll second getting good drill bits.

    The drill bits from AK Builder are actually very good quality for how cheap they are. The ones I get at the hardware store last about 1/4th as long and sometimes cost more. The only other good source of cheap yet still decent bits I know of is Grainger, not sure if you have them near you but they will ship.

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    Prick punching first helps if trying to free hand it.

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    I’m technically on my 3rd build (simultaneously working on a couple kits actually) and just today I did about the same thing where the long front trunnion rivet (yugo build) didn’t get crushed quite dead center. Press had too much play in it and drifted off to one side. Tried fixing it but didn’t fix it good enough to center completely. On top of that I bent one of the little metal arms on the bottom front of the trunnion a bit while trying to dimple the long rivet hole on the receiver with a ball bearing and press. I may be the first person to be regressing in skill the more I build, haha.

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    Haha that's all part of the process I think. Anytime I'm learning a new skill, if I manage to get it right the first time around usually the second or third time will be worse since I might not be paying as close attention or whatever.

    Better drill bits is definitely a good idea. The guide I ordered from AK Builder comes with one, hopefully that will make getting the rivets out a lot easier and I won't have to deal with trying to find center.

    Oh and I found another Mel64D video where he does the 74 style scope rail. He just puts a cutoff head of a self tapping screw on top of the rivet to give enough offset to get the rivet squeezers around it for the middle rivet of the scope rail. Gonna give that a try I think, seemed to work pretty well for him.

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    More progress today. Got that rivet drilled out and replaced. The drill guides really make it so much faster and easier. Wish I'd remembered them to begin with, would've saved me a lot of trouble. Oh well. Drilled out the mag well rivets too and dimpled the holes and got new rivets installed. Seeing as to how I was on a roll I figured I'd fix that pancaked rivet on the rear trigger guard. Come to find that the toth tool jig wont fit around the scope rail after I'd drilled it out. D'oh! Ended up beating it down with a hammer and punch to basically the same pancaked result lol. I'm not too worried about it though, that's an easy rivet to fix at anytime. Thinking of sending it off to Two Rivers to have the Russian paint applied, might have them fix it while its there. I need to email them and get a quote on the paint.

    Tomorrow I'm going to press in the barrel and assuming the head space is correct and there's no unforeseen problems (knock on wood) I should have myself a fully assembled rifle by the end of the day.

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    And just like that:
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    Still have some minor things I need to adjust. The selector lever is awfully tight, I ground on it some and it got a little better, but I can see there's space where I had ground so something else is causing it to bind up just need to figure out where. Stock is also pretty tight, will have to fix that too, assuming I can get it back out lol. Figured out a way to fix the trigger guard rivet, looks nice now. Headspace checks out well, closes without a problem on the go and won't on the No-go. Might take it out to the range next weekend, anything else I should be aware of or look out for before I shoot it the first time?
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    Congrats on your first. It looks like a nice build.


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    Thanks! I'm quite happy with how it came out. The JB Weld hides the egged out hole pretty well, though I need to put a little more on there as it sunk down as it cured. Other than that no real major fuck ups which I'm quite pleased with. Hopefully won't have any problems when I take it out to the range. I appreciate everyone's help and suggestions, would've been a lot harder without them.

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    Just got back from the range. 150 rounds without any sort of problems, even with American mags. Quite pleased, sights seem to be well zeroed as well. So nice to have a finally have a functioning rifle after sitting as a box of parts all these years.

 

 
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