(Topic ID: 159500)

1997 MM Restoration


2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

Just finished restoring an orig MM for a client, and thought I'd share some pics. This game was in typical routed condition when it arrived, filthy dirty all over with playfield issues, broken parts, some dings and bruises on the outside, and various gameplay issues from years of loyal service.

The playfield was removed and replaced with a new one from Mirco along with lots of other new parts going back on. Original ramps were torched, the ball guides and all stainless parts were regrained, new plastics as needed, all the mechs rebuilt, the brass habitrails were re-plated etc etc.

The cabinet exterior had issues, but after getting opinions from a couple other guys it was deemed not bad enough to warrant sanding down. Instead, a sign painter friend was commissioned to repair the issues and touchup as good as possible and it came out great. It had heavy wear down to the wood at the flipper buttons, and misc scratches and scrapes all over. Cabinet interior and head were emptied of all hardware/harness, floor was sanded, everything cleaned, painted, put back together and detailed.

Finished play testing and fine tuning a couple days ago, now it's all wrapped up and going back home tomorrow!

First up, cabinet exterior:


#2 2 years ago



#3 2 years ago

And finally, cab insides


#4 2 years ago

Nice work! Looks just like it did back in 1997. There really is no substitute for an extra clean Williams original.

#5 2 years ago

Nice work James

#6 2 years ago

Very nice looking game. Your client will be pleased.


#7 2 years ago

Thanks guys. When the machine first arrived and he just wanted it shopped out, I unwrapped the game and saw the trainwreck that was inside and wanted to close it back up lol! But after discussing options of selling it and either buying a new MMr, finding and buying a nicer MM, buying a NIB MM that was on ebay un January, or giving this one a nice restore, this is what was decided.

#8 2 years ago

You shopped it out alright!

#10 2 years ago

Love seeing the originals like this. Not over done with paint all over were it wasn't originally reuse of good ramps. Not over done with replating the underside brackets and assemblies. which I never really understood why this was nessasary. just a nice restore to original condition.

Well done?

#11 2 years ago

I'd love a Vid-like thread walking through all the steps you did!

External battery holder planned?

#12 2 years ago

Nice job... I just finished mine as well. You did a nice job!!!

#13 2 years ago

I'd love to see a process thread on repairing original cabinet art versus decals. The cabinet on my AFM is a 9/10 but I'd hate to destroy it just to get it up to 10/10.

#14 2 years ago

Outstanding job...

#15 2 years ago

Does it get any better than this? Outstanding to say the least.

#16 2 years ago

Very nicely done!!

#17 2 years ago

Thanks guys for all the kind words. After all, where else can one share such an effort? I'd show my wife, but don't think she would notice it looked much different lol...

#18 2 years ago

Awesome work! Is that an original MM playfield or a repro? Because the inserts look clearer than most originals I've seen.

Been studying MM playfields lately since getting my MMr. Just wondering. Because if it's an original playfield it has the clearest nicest inserts I've ever seen on one.

Again, fantastic work!

#19 2 years ago

Nice work James.

#20 2 years ago

That's a beautiful restoration, hopefully one day I'll have your skills

#21 2 years ago

Nice work. Good as new.

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