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A New Dimension


By leckmeck

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

New to my roster, at any rate.

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I passed on this Dimension in 2012, but two years later the price was better, so this afternoon I drove down to Des Moines and picked it up, a game I've been wanting for a long time! There are, however, significant cosmetic challenges and cabinet integrity issues I will need to address.

At some point this Dimension was painted navy blue. Later it was stripped to bare wood (mostly) and then coated with an oil-based clear.

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But they didn't get all the navy blue paint.

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Lastly, they "decorated" one side of the head.

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So pretty!

Despite all the indignity this cabinet has suffered, the serial number still shines through:

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Then there are the structural matters. The back (or "butt") of the cabinet has fissured. I didn't take a picture of it, but here is a photo of the bottom, damaged by attempted coin box theft, which was fortified with a crudely formed chunk of wood:

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The backglass and playfield are imperfect, but the former is easily rectified with the repro backglass I ordered from Ron Webb. As for the latter, it will clean up decently, but I'm also chasing a couple of leads on replacement playfields.

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There's a lot of work to be done here, but a Dimension is well worth the effort, in my opinion. I won't be able to to do any of the heavy lifting for at least a year or two, but I hope to update this post down the road with progress, when it's made!

#7 4 years ago

Back in 2010 I saw a really nice Dimension in a local collector's basement. I expressed interest in it, but it had just sold on eBay for $1800 and was pending pickup. It had a repro backglass.

As described, yours could get $1200 - $1500, depending on the eyes of the cash-holder.

#15 4 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

I've never seen one with an awful backglass but there's usually some flaking in the girl's face.

Yep, all the ink that flaked off my Dimension backglass affected only the girl's face. It looks like she is growing a beard. I'm thankful I scored one of the few remaining backglasses. According to the latest update on Ron's site, only one remains.

Some ink, however, was lost due to the score reels dimpling/scraping the score windows. This seems to have been a recurring issue on several GTB titles from the late '60s and early '70s. My 2001 and Spin-A-Card also suffer from it. I fear the same type of damage could happen to the repro. Is there a protrusion on the score reels that needs correcting?

#19 4 years ago

Vital replacement components obtained. Thanks to Ron Webb for making the repro backglass and fellow Pinsider Tyamry for selling me his NOS playfield.

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#24 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Wow, you're going whole hog! Are you going to paint the box yourself? What's the plan with the old playfield? I've seen much worse. It's a good restoration candidate.

I do plan to repaint the cabinet using a 2001 for reference on the stencils, colors, and webbing.

As for the leftover playfield, it could be restored. By the time I'm done swapping it out, however, my enthusiasm for mucking around with a worn playfield will be rather low!

3 years later
#29 1 year ago

I'm resurrecting this old thread to report on this project's progress! It's coming along and I should finish it something this winter. Right now I'm in the middle of painting. One side of the head is done.

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The head insert and score motor board have been cleaned and rehabilitated. After I finish painting, I'm going to work on the playfield components, then swap in the NOS playfield.

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I bought a superb AAB apron from a guy on Facebook, then printed (and laminated) my own cards on some vintage-looking card stock I found at Michaels. An original schematic came up for sale on eBay, so I grabbed that.

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I still need to find a nice original coin door. If one can't be found, then I'll have to get a repro from Steve at PBR, along with the rest of the parts I need. I predict it will be an expensive order!

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

That looks to be shaping up to be the nicest "Dimension" on the planet! Where did you get the NOS playfield?

Pinsider Tyamry bought it from ballyop, the eBay seller from Italy who usually has a couple of NOS playfields for sale. Tyamry ended up not needing it, so I bought it from him.

#33 1 year ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

What color is your blue stencil? Rattle can? I'm about to do one as well. Looking great, Thanks man.

Thanks! I used Rustoleum Deep Blue, but I hesitate recommending it. I think it looks a shade too dark, but I'm stuck now and it's close enough!

#35 1 year ago

The head is stamped now, just in case my game room is raided by the vice squad. It’s legit!

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#37 1 year ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

What's your method?

This topic goes over the technique:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gottlieb-serial-number-stamp

This time I didn't have any foam on hand, so I printed a normal stencil on ORAMASK 811, applied it to the cabinet, and smeared some acrylic paint into it. It looked too nice so I scuffed it up with some 400-grit sandpaper and magic eraser.

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#41 1 year ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Any recent update?

I benched this project to finish a different game. I expect to resume work on Dimension sometime early next year.

#42 1 year ago

But the head is done. I guess that’s an update!

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5 months later
#44 9 months ago

Some more (very slow) progress.

Dirty old drop target banks.
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Mid-rebuild, but the colors are the wrong way! Oops.
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#48 9 months ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

I went with a slightly lighter shade blue. Yours is probably closer to original, but I thought this look nice. Those drop Target banks are somewhat problematic since they were the earliest Incarnation. They don't have the rubber bumpers for resets or the nylon bushings for the pivot arms. Really fun game as I'm sure you know. Looking good.

I have a beater 2001 I’m using as a color reference, and the blue I’m using on Dimension seems much deeper than it does on the 2001. When I compare it to the flyer, however, the deeper blue seems to be spot-on. But your blue looks great. It looks just like my 2001.

You're right about the old drop target assembly. It’s annoying. I tried adding the rubber insulators on Dimension, but my drill holes were too low, so the targets wouldn't reset. I took them out and fussed over the plunger stop distance instead. Once it was set correctly, the targets reset crisply without smashing the top of the wiper slot or clipping the feet on the drop targets. I wonder, however, how long those four screws will keep the plunger stop distance where it is now. It might drift over time as it gets repeatedly hammered with each reset.

#50 9 months ago

After spraying the red tonight, I’m relieved to see the registration turned out right!

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#57 8 months ago

I installed the coin door hardware a few days ago. If you zoom into the straight-on pic, you can see the serial number stamped below the coin door.

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3 months later
#59 4 months ago

Finally done.

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#62 4 months ago
Quoted from brenna98:

awesome work!!!

Thanks!

Quoted from brenna98:

Who did the playfield?

Gordon Morison.

It was NOS sourced from Ballyop, an eBay seller in Italy.

#66 4 months ago
Quoted from boilerman:

i think he was asking who cleared the pf not who did the art

Yeah, I was kidding with my reply.

Here’s the full story: another Pinsider actually bought this playfield from the guy in Italy. After it was shipped to him, he paid somebody to clear it with 2PAC. Before he could use it, he found another Dimension that came with a NOS playfield, so he sold the extra one to me. I do not know who did the 2PAC job. I would have preferred it remain original, but I’m not going to complain.

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