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Addams Family Limo Mod - Building my own


By BrianZ

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

We have all seen the price of the Lighted Limo Mod for Addams Family (at around $200.00). My buddy wanted one for his machine, but did not want his wallet lightened quite that much.

I found the car on ebay, with the seller stating it was the car they used for the mod ($40 including shipping). The seller included LEDs, and a 1 page diagram showing some wiring and thats about it (clearly states no tech support, and provides no further details).

I've only just begun, but i'm starting to see why this mod commands the $$$. It's a fair amount of work to get this built out. I have not seen a post on how to build this mod before, so i thought it might be worthwhile. 1st time trying this, so we will see how it goes...

First the disassembly:

The car needs to be pulled apart to perform all the wiring for LEDs, along with repainting the car the proper color (black)

- Remove the 4 Rivets on the car. 1 in the middle, 1 on the front bumper, and 2 on the back bumper.
- I started with 1/16 bit to start a hole, and then later going to a bit that was equal to the circumference.

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#2 6 years ago

I want to follow this...just favorited! Looks like a great project.

#3 6 years ago

thanks for posting this!

#4 6 years ago

Next up are getting the wheels and front grill off.

Figured a few things out on this one.

- Heat up the axles a bit with a lighter/torch. This will soften the glue. Then use a screw driver and gently pry between the tire rim and the body.

- The grill is actually glued to the body. So it takes a while gently moving it around before it will break loose

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#5 6 years ago

Really cool project! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

#6 6 years ago

Now that it's apart, time to work on the headlights.

-The diagram the ebay seller sent with the car.
- Checking out the components on a breadboard. I think i will be adding a few additional LEDs...
- I left the headlights connected to the grill, and from the front side of the headlight; used by auger bit on my dremel to make holes for the headlights. Once completed, I cut them from the grill, and made a hole in the back of the headlight for the LED to stick through.

This is far as i will go today. Will have another update in a few days.

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#7 6 years ago

Off with the paint....

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#8 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing and do you got a link to the ebay link of the seller? Would like to make one of these for my own game.

#9 6 years ago

I would make these all day if I could find the car.

#10 6 years ago

The seller is no longer has an add on ebay. Will see what i can find and post. I

BTW. The model only says Matchbox 1978. Did some research, its a replica of a 1936 Dussenberg TownCar

#12 6 years ago

That's it..

#13 6 years ago

Looks like Amazon has it for $11 shipped.

amazon.com link »

#14 6 years ago

I like the grenade in the first pic. Is that in case the project is a failure?

#15 6 years ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

I like the grenade in the first pic. Is that in case the project is a failure?

More like for pinball in general. There are days. My son had to have it from an army surplus store, and now it sits
Figures, someone from Lincoln would see it.

BTW. I grew up in Omaha. Go Big Red!

#16 6 years ago

man you should go into production!!!!

#17 6 years ago

great thread. i have to go through this exact same process. looking forward to your guidance

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from ab3:

Looks like Amazon has it for $11 shipped.
amazon.com link ยป

Thanks Ab3. Order placed!

Keith

#19 6 years ago

A little more work. Pictures explain more than words.....

Drilling holes in the side of the cowl for the wires. Start with the smallest bit you can find to drill the initial hole. Then go back with a larger bit that makes room for the wires (covered with shrink tubbing).

Gluing the headlights is a major PIA. From the backside of the headlight poke the led through. You then will be gluing the side of the LED to the grill arms. You will have to cut away part of the grill arms to make this work.

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#20 6 years ago

Following this thread for a cool mod project, and because you have a Cyclone cat target decal on your vise.

#21 6 years ago
Quoted from TunaSled:

Following this thread for a cool mod project, and because you have a Cyclone cat target decal on your vise.

I currently only have 2 other pinball machines (cyclone, and de sw). Completely rebuilt the cyclone, including the cat stickers....

#22 6 years ago

gunna do more on the limo this weekend ?

#23 6 years ago

A little behind, due to work. I've done a bit of painting this weekend. After getting it painted, I should have quite a few updates and pictures to post.

It should be noted that I'm figuring this out as I go. I don't have an example that I can reverse engineer, so it takes a bit longer....

Work keeps interfering with pinball.....

#24 6 years ago
Quoted from BrianZ:

Work keeps interfering with pinball.....

I hate when that happens. Got my limo friday, started the teardown process.
Keith

#25 6 years ago

So a little more progress. Still painting, been a bit rainy here.

Got a few coats on the inside of the cabin. Plus a coat on the outside (not shown).

My painting rig (not impressive).

Im also going to light up the cabin of the car. I could buy some LED's but i had a spare coin taker 555. Have it apart, and will use it in the cab.

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#26 6 years ago
Quoted from BrianZ:

More like for pinball in general. There are days. My son had to have it from an army surplus store, and now it sits
Figures, someone from Lincoln would see it.
BTW. I grew up in Omaha. Go Big Red!

LOL! Well, if you ever come up for a game let me know and we'll have a pinball tailgate.

#27 6 years ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

LOL! Well, if you ever come up for a game let me know and we'll have a pinball tailgate.

Now were talking. Last game i went to i was a kid maybe 13-14 sitting in the 90th row in the end zone. Froze my arse off. Of course, back then they (NE) were top dogs in the Big 8 (when the I formation ruled, and none of this Run-n-Shoot offense)

#28 6 years ago

I did a bit of painting the last few days. Nothing exciting to post yet. If the paint looks good, I should start wiring later this week. Should have some updates with pics soon.

#29 6 years ago
Quoted from BrianZ:

I did a bit of painting the last few days. Nothing exciting to post yet. If the paint looks good, I should start wiring later this week. Should have some updates with pics soon.

what kind of paint are you using. just standard spray paint, any gloss-level, etc... ?

cheers,
bb

#30 6 years ago

Just good old Rustoleum Standard Black Gloss. I'm getting a little texture to it. Usually i don't have this problem, and can get it smooth as glass. I even sanded between coats..

The picture make it look bad, but to the naked eye it looks fine. Once in the machine it won't matter.

I'm learning on this one...Next one, I'm sure i can improve upon...

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#31 6 years ago

i can mail you mine if you want to trade + $

#32 6 years ago

So we need to wire this thing.

For the head lights we are using 3mm LEDS (cool white). Depending on where you buy, the will have a forward voltage between 2-3.3V and between 20-30mA.

A few things about LEDs we need to know. There DC only, and they don't work when hooked up backwards. Also, if you over power them, they will get hot and burn up.
Hopefully you bought LEDs near the specs i listed above. You need to identify the positive and negative legs of the LED. The longer leg of the LED is Anode or the + of the LED. 20130716084657399.gif

Ok, so we plan on tapping into an insert light under the play filed (more on that later). The pinball machine uses about 6.3V to power the insert bulb. If we hook our LEDS direct, they will burn up. We will need a resistor wired into our LEDs. I won't attempt to cover Ohm's law here, but if you bought to the spec i listed above, a 220 Ohm Resistor should work just fine. We will be wiring the LEDs in series. Note the resistor will wire into the + leg on the first LED. Note that the second Led's Anode (+) connects to the first Cathode (- short post). When u hook this up + will connect to the resistor, with - being your 2 led's Cathode leg. See the pics.
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I strongly suggest you buy a 4 AA battery holder, so you can check your wiring before putting into the pinball machine.

The next post i will cover the actual wiring in the car.

#33 6 years ago

So in earlier pictures, I shows the leds legs sticking out from the back of the Headlight. These legs i will route through the holes in the body cowl back into the car. We need to ensure that these legs don't short against each other or the body. I bought 2 sizes of shrink tubbing. I wrapped one leg with the smallest size, and then wrapped both legs with the larger. Getting the LED legs with the shrink tubing (once heated and shrunk) into the holes in the engine cowl is a PIA. Be patient.

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#34 6 years ago

My God you have a lot of patience! Outstanding work!

Mike

#35 6 years ago

I also wanted to light the interior of the car yellow. I did not have any loose LEDs of that color, so i decide to rip apart a coin taker LED (555) and use it. YOU DONT HAVE TO DO THIS.. I wired it in directly to my circuit.

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I'm now doing some bench testing to ensure everything works (temporarily connected to my batteries).
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More to come shortly....

#36 6 years ago
Quoted from retired_user_101:

can mail you mine if you want to trade + $

Can u find a nice Addams family play field for a good price? I need to find one.

#37 6 years ago

Brian , If u don't mind me ask-n ,, " How Many hour's of labor do you have in the TAF car mod ? "

#38 6 years ago
Quoted from BLACK_ROSE:

Brian , If u don't mind me ask-n ,, " How Many hour's of labor do you have in the TAF car mod ? "

Hmm... So I'm learning as i go, and I don't have a completed car to copy. Also, I'm doing bits and pieces as I have spare time. I'm certain next time, I can get it done quicker.

I guess if you add it all up, about 4 hours so far...

#39 6 years ago
Quoted from BrianZ:

Can u find a nice Addams Family play field for a good price? I need to find one.

oh man... i think i ran across a great looking one just a few weeks ago. uhhgg !
let me see if i can find it again or if there's another.

i'll keep you posted if i find it.

cheers,
bb

1 week later
#40 6 years ago

Here we go. Finally got some work done. I won't be able to show it installed (or the bracket), since the Addams i was using is in tear down mode.

Here we go...

Drilled a hole in the bottom to run wires. Standard shrink tubbing around the wires.
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Once i get the game back together, I will be connecting the wires under the play field to jackpot light.
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It will be quite sometime before I show the final install in the machine. But i will post an update once its done.

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#41 6 years ago

looks amazing !

3 weeks later
#42 6 years ago

any update, final pix, installed, use video, winning lotto numbers, ... ?

#43 6 years ago

The winning lottery numbers are 23 42...... Hey wait one minute.

#44 6 years ago

Sorry, no pics with it installed right now.

We are in the restore process of the machine; and its totally torn down. I'm now trying to get the playfield either restored or find another one. Probably going to be a few months before i can show it installed.

What's left is the easy part. Install bracket to the car (use a long lamp socket bracket). Bracket would attach to the plastic that is to the right of the jackpot light (plastic has a post holding it up with a nut attaching it). Run wires under the playfield and attach to the bonus insert light.

If anyone can help me source a reasonably priced Addams playfield I would be forever grateful...

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#45 5 years ago

Great thread and thank you for the pictures with the write up as well. But I see one small problem with the limo mod, not just yours. In the movie and on the backglass (at least mine lol) the limo is actually green with black trim. I believe if you look up addams family 1933 Packard super 8 sedan you will get the pic below. There is another pic/video of the car from the second movie as well. Again thank you so much for the thread, I'm going to use it but I might have the first ever green limo. Lol

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#46 5 years ago

Jrwill you are correct. At least the car looks generally correct. Would like to see your end product.

#47 5 years ago

I am almost done with mine, got busy on another project, but as I was scrolling eBay I found this pic. lol someone beat me to the punch. Thanks again for this write up.

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#48 5 years ago

Nice job, a lot of work!

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#49 4 years ago

Finally can show the car being mounted.

From what i can tell, most cars have a metal bracket attached to the car. I went a different route. I bought some clear Lexan at Lowes. I cut a piece and mounted it to the car. I cut a hole for it to slip over the post adjacent to the ramp (1st nut/post front left of ramp). It works well here, and mounts the car well in view; with plenty of clearance.

Be carefull with the Lexan, its fairly durable/rigid; but over tightening can crack it.

Pictures attached show the story...

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#50 4 years ago

Where to run the wires? Lots of options.

- You could run the wire down the back of the white target.
- Or in my case, I ran the wire under the plastic (right of the car), under the metal ramp, and under the clear ramp where there is a large hole for running wires. I connected the wires to the "Bonus Insert" which is the arrow directly in front of the car. I will post a picture later that shows this connection.

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