I have had several inquiries about how to remove the frame from the M39. I myself sport a frameless M39 for a couple reasons. 1) it folds up nicely 2) I don’t have to worry about banging the frame on things as I walk through shops 3) it is more comfortable for leisurely strolling about. I delayed performing the conversion due to my aversion of irreparably altering such a fine piece of equipment. Eventually I devised a way that I can reattach the frame at any time and completely reverse the conversion if I wish.
Tools you will need:
Small punch/or nail
1/4” Metal drill bit
A flat head screwdriver
A wooden block or other sturdy working surface
Proper Protective Gear
Conversion Kit from SwedishRucksack.com
About 45 minutes
There are 8 screws that require drilling and they can be drilled in any order. 4 that attach the Lumbar support and lower buckles and 4 that attach the back straps.
1. Use the punch or nail to dent the flat side of the middle rivet so that the drill bit won’t slide around while being drilled
2. Remember to use your hard surface to drill and be cognizant of finger placement and avoid injury
3. Drill out the rivet using the metal 1/4” bit
4. Once drilled thoroughly the flat part of the rivet should come apart from the rest of the rivet
5. Use the pliers to remove the rivet and remember the rivet will likely be very hot so be careful
6. Remove the rest of the required rivets in the same fashion
7. Once the rivets are drilled and removed the frame should be free of any straps
With the frame removed it is now time to reassemble the frameless ruck.
1. Attach the upper support and the upper buckles as before
2. Attach the back strap and the buckle to the frame attachment strap using a rivet replacement
3. Repeat this process on the other side
4. Attach the lower shoulder straps to the buckle and upper shoulder straps
5. Enjoy your frameless rucksack
Remember that without your frame, your ruck cannot carry as much weight. Ensure you don’t overload your ruck and remember it’s a 70+ year old bag.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to waterproof your ruck. So in this post I’ve included a few ways to do so without harming your leather or canvas.
Cheers and happy rucking!
A few tips for your journey to an ancient city...
Out of the many places I have traveled, I have to say that Greece has been one of my absolute favorites. The combination of people, food and the general feeling of being in a place that has existed for millennia creates an awesome and mind-blowing experience that any traveler would be delighted to experience. If you're budget conscience but still want to experience all that Athens has to offer, then you're in for a good read. I was in and around Athens for about a week and the following are a few tips to help you on your way through the city.
General travel - If you have a good set of legs, use them. Nothing is too far in Athens and you'll end up finding hidden gems all over the place that you'd miss otherwise. Some people I know rented scooters as a way of exploring and it only cost them 20 euro for a few hours and is another great way to explore the city.
Accommodation - I booked my trip last minute so I had to book a hotel the first night but I'd suggest getting AirBnB. The price was right and it had everything I needed for my stay including a better view than the hotel I stayed in. Try looking for a place in Plaka or west of the Acropolis Museum along Parthenenos. Both are nice neighborhoods and close to everything.
Must see -
Other things to see -
Watching the sunset/sunrise - Mars hill or Areopagus Hill as it's known is a bit closer and less of a hike than Philopappos Hill but still a splendid view of the city and horizon, you'll have to share the view with other tourists but there's enough space to sit comfortably on a rock without anyone stepping into your bubble. Another note on that hill, there are numerous pottery shards and pieces of marble. A little searching could yield some cool finds.
Trip to Delphi - There are numerous bus tours advertised on the street from 81 euro and up. I saved at least 30 euro taking public transit and still had a blast. No, I didn't have a semi-personal guide to tell me the history of Delphi but in my experience those people are really hit or miss in their story-telling abilities. Instead I took the bus, read all the signs and tagged along with a group that arrived about the same time I did. That being said Delphi is definitely worth the trip. The beautiful Greek landscape and amazing cliff-side ruins were a sight to behold.
If you decide to travel to Delphi by car remember the two tolls you'll encounter on the way that total about 5 euro (10 round trip). Also when eating at Delphi, watch out for stray cats...
Enjoy your trip and report back with comments. Thanks for reading!