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Old 08-05-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Oh, No. Colt bag of Parts

My buddy decided to clean his Police Positive that had a sticky cylinder....Bad idea!!! He doesnt know how he did it but now with the cylinder free from the crane the rod is now spring loaded in the wrong direction!!! He did take the star off,and I cqn see that it has been staked before. Do I have to buy a bushing wrench or is there a trick that someone has that I can borrow and give ALOT of credit to...ALSO he has been using Remington +P HOLLOW POINTS!!! Im sure the crane is tweeked or frame stretched ...But I have to start at the worst part..Thanks,jim
 
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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I don't recommend it, but some people use a socket from a socket set that will just fit over the ratchet of the ejector.
You can also buy an ejector wrench from Brownell's:

COLT WRENCH | Brownells

For that matter if you're handy with a file you can make a wrench from some steel plate.

To remove the ejector spring and ejector rod, you MUST have a special tube wrench to do the disassembly. Trying it without the wrench may be where he really screwed it up.

COLT CRANE BUSHING TOOL | Brownells

Also a MAJOR help is the Kuhnhausen shop manual on the Colt's. This can save your butt.

THE COLT DOUBLE-ACTION REVOLVERS - A SHOP MANUAL | Brownells

If he's shooting +P that would mean his gun is a Colt Police Positive Special. The PPS was made for longer cartridges like the .38 Special.
The Police Positive has a shorter frame and cylinder and was made for short cartridges like the .32 and .38S&W.

Even an old PPS can handle +P ammo, although it will accelerate wear. It would take a lot of stretch the frame.

Last edited by dfariswheel; 08-06-2013 at 05:19 PM.
 
Old 08-06-2013, 09:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.I did forget to say what the cal. is. Oh its special all right for allowing my buddy to put his "Bubba Hands" on im..Didnt want to get that invested in a one time thing, cause I know not to mess inside the wheel.The star is already off.What could he have done to get the spring on the wrong side with out even taking it apart? I check my "wierd" toll selection but I didnt find any little spanners. Ill check to see if I have a "C" clip tool I can modify. Any more ideas greaty accepted.Thanks Jim
 
 
Old 08-07-2013, 04:43 PM   #4
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I never underestimated the ability of Billy Bobs to screw things up in ways that aren't possible.

All I can think of is he somehow got the ejector rod bushing out and put the spring in then the rod.
If so, that would push the rod backward instead of forward.

Here's a schematic:

http://stevespages.com/ipb-colt-officialpolice.html

The way the ejector assembly on the Old Style ejector assembly is assembled, is the ejector rod is inserted into the crane shaft from the rear, then the spring is installed with the crimped end over the groove just behind the flange on the rod, then the crane bushing is screwed in.

I suppose that if you dropped the spring into the crane shaft first, then installed the rod that would do the trick.
 
Old 08-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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Could he have pulled hard enough to get the spring passed the shoulder?? The dimples for the spanner are still full of goo. He dont got the smarts to spell spanner let alone use one.
 
Old 08-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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Who knows.
In most cases, the "do-er" will never tell you the straight story.
 
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