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Another F-14


By Waderade812

46 days ago



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#1 46 days ago

Well I have been watching @cletus14 and heni1977 They have been doing great restorations. Its time for me to start showing my fumbling attempt at restoring a F-14 Tomcat . When the machine came home it had a little paint loss on the play field. Not terrible, but in direct eye site on the kill inserts. There were raised and sunken inserts as well.

Early on I damaged the paint while removing the mylar in the upper section of the play field. Luckily it was isolated to the blue color. After I had gotten my fill of the game over several months I was ready to dive into this. After the holidays or more importantly after my guests for the holidays got to play the machine. It was time.

Vids play field guides got me comfortable and I pulled the play field out of the cabinet and on the rotisserie. The goal was to change inserts, re decal, and clear coat. Easy enough right?

Once I get my thumb stick back from a friend I can start showing some pictures of this journey.

#2 46 days ago

Here are some before pictures to showcase the light destruction.

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#3 46 days ago

Holy cow! That's a lot of missing paint!

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#4 45 days ago

DO IT!!

#5 45 days ago

Looks like a great project! Why would you want to change inserts that are not broken?

#6 45 days ago
Quoted from Iizi:

Looks like a great project! Why would you want to change inserts that are not broken?

Many of the Inserts had cracks in them. The blue bonus arrows looked so dull. If I was going to change 10, I might as well change 61.

#7 45 days ago

Ok. But in my experience if you remove old clear they usually turn out as good as new.

#8 45 days ago

@op - in case you you need it...

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#9 45 days ago
Quoted from Iizi:

Ok. But in my experience if you remove old clear they usually turn out as good as new.

I have replaced them all already. I'm just going to give you guys a crash course history in where I'm at now. I have 4 coats of clear on it now. Touched up artwork. (The best I can do ) And decals.

#10 45 days ago

I will get the updated pics up tonight.

#11 45 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

I will get the updated pics up tonight.

Can’t wait!
Hopefully, you’re not like me who forgot to take pictures of the hardest part of his cabinet restoration.

#12 45 days ago

Really interested in this one too! Just starting out mine in pretty much same condition.

#13 45 days ago

Here is the cabinet. The paint wasn't god awful but the left side had planking and a football from the plywood showing through. I took the metal to the powder coaters yesterday. I have a custom color scheme in mind. As you can see a play field touch up and clear coat ballooned very quickly.

Heading home while the primer and filler drys.

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#14 45 days ago

The play field has been a bugger. This is where I'm at after a month and a half.

Inserts installed
2 coats of clear

The inserts had canyons around them. Eye dropper after eye dropper. Agghh. Finally got them filled.

Paint touch ups
Decals installed

I thought they were water slide decals. So I trimmed out the 1 arrow and dropped it in water. Mistake, they are sticker type. I have the bright idea to super glue it down. Mistake two. Installed all the rest the correct way.

2 coats of clear

First decal lifts out of the clear. I'm so mad I cut out decal with exacto knife. Fill with clear f*** it.

I take the weekend off and go to the Louisville arcade expo. When I get home sand my way up though the grits and polish. It's beautiful... Except the missing decal.

I'm not coming this far to leave it. So I sand back out to 400 grit and order entire new decal kit.

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#15 45 days ago

Planetary pinball even sent a treat for my trouble. Makes the mistake a little sweeter

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#16 45 days ago

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#17 45 days ago

Amazing work! Why have you been keeping all of this a secret for so long?

I haven’t ventured into playfield restoration land yet. My next project is going to need a touch up and a clear coat.

#18 44 days ago
Quoted from cletus:

Amazing work! Why have you been keeping all of this a secret for so long?
I haven’t ventured into playfield restoration land yet. My next project is going to need a touch up and a clear coat.

Thank You. I have been creeping around the shadows of pinside since October. Didn't think about posting until an out of town friend met me at the expo and asked about the project. He convinced me to share it. It is a small way to show my gratitude for all the information you guys supply.

The clear coating isn't bad. I already had a spray gun. I did cut my teeth on a Strikes and Spares playfield clear coat. No touch ups just glassing up the surface. That paint is terrible.

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#19 44 days ago

Awesome job so far!!

#20 44 days ago

Keep this up, we will have to have a F-14 resto get together, Party at Grumpy's!

#21 44 days ago
Quoted from heni1977:

Keep this up, we will have to have a F-14 resto get together, Party at Grumpy's!

If we all hit multiball at the same time we would blow the roof off his house. Oh man! a fleet of F-14s!!

#22 44 days ago

Sitting down to get snubber boards reinstalled. But mainly refresh myself with the wiring harnesses.

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#23 44 days ago
Quoted from heni1977:

F-14 resto get together, Party at Grumpy's!

What the hell, there's a party at my house and I'm last to be invited!

#25 44 days ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

What the hell, there's a party at my house and I'm last to be invited!

Crap! There goes the surprise!

#26 41 days ago

Just got a mist coat on over the decal. Waiting until it dries a bit before another mist coat. Then comes the heavy coat.

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#27 34 days ago

I got the rails on the playfield. Then mounted it to the rotisserie. Going over these reference photos has me floored. I didn't think it was that bad.

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#28 34 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

I got the rails on the playfield. Then mounted it to the rotisserie. Going over these reference photos has me floored. I didn't think it was that bad.
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My new f-14 playfield arrives Monday. I can't wait to show the same side by side

#29 34 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

I didn't think it was that bad.

If you ask your wife she wouldn't notice much difference either.

Looks great!! Keep it up.

#30 34 days ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

If you ask your wife she wouldn't notice much difference either.
Looks great!! Keep it up.

Haha No kidding right.

Could you tell me what to use to staple down the GI wiring and sockets. I'm not having luck with the t50 stapler.

#31 34 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

Could you tell me what to use to staple down the GI wiring and sockets. I'm not having luck with the t50 stapler.

Here’s what I used.

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#32 34 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

Could you tell me what to use to staple down the GI wiring and sockets.

You will need something like this, it has more power and thicker wire staples.

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#33 34 days ago
Quoted from cletus:

Here’s what I used.
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Quoted from GRUMPY:

You will need something like this, it has more power and thicker wire staples.
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Thank you gents. I figured that is what I needed. I was hoping for something simpler for a one time use.

#34 33 days ago

I got the one from harbor freight.

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#35 25 days ago

Finally finished the lighting harness. My father had a t20 stapler he lent me. And it worked like a charm.

So this evening I started on the switch harness and couldn't stop and now I have the majority of the coil and flasher harness mounted.

The only things left underneath are the right sling coil and ball kick out coil. Plus soldering in a few misc coils. But I need to buy some more 1/4 inch screws.

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#36 25 days ago

I have to find a place to stick these.

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#37 25 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

I have to find a place to stick these.
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Ahh, the dreaded extra parts syndrome.

#38 25 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

I have to find a place to stick these.
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All of those rounded pan-head screws are for the topside. The long hex head ones are for the harness loops thingies and the standoffs for them.
I have no idea how many leftover screws I had since I had to replace a bunch of rusty stuff. There's a whole pickle jar of (maybe?) leftovers.

#39 25 days ago
Quoted from cletus:

All of those rounded pan-head screws are for the topside. The long hex head ones are for the harness loops thingies and the standoffs for them.
I have no idea how many leftover screws I had since I had to replace a bunch of rusty stuff. There's a whole pickle jar of (maybe?) leftovers.

I have been looking over my breakdown pictures and the round heads are for a few wire mounts on the ball trough, that I ended up putting hex heads in. I have to look back over the wiring harness for the standoffs and loops. This thing maybe playing in a week or two depending on the cabinet painting. Its not going well after the first stencil. But I have talked to Jeff at Pinball Pimp to get two new stencils. So I can correct my mistake.

#40 25 days ago

By the way @cletus14 I want some glo-balls now.

#41 25 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

By the way cletus14 I want some glo-balls now.

http://shop.modmypin.com/

I got the white ones a couple of years ago, but I don't remember paying almost $50 for a set of 4. They are good when you feel like spicing up a pinball night and laughing your ass off. The balls gather dirt really fast and, since they're lighter, they get stuck in weird places that a regular ball wouldn't.

#42 22 days ago

Taking a break this evening at a smaller local brewery. They also happen to have two tough playing games and one sweet playing maiden. I am appreciating the resurgence of pinball near me.

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#43 20 days ago

I am still waiting on my replacement stencils. So here is what happened. I base coated the cabinet using krylon color Maxx. Then after I applied the first stencil and sprayed useing my first color the paint immediately blistered and wrinkled into the base coat.

I thought I was going to vomit. In my haste I grabbed the naphtha and a rag and attempted to remove the error. Talk about adding insult to injury. Here is what happened after I tried touching it up. Needless to say out came the sand paper and a new base coat.

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#44 20 days ago

So today I continued on my good side of the cabinet. A little more care is helping. Second color is now successfully applied. Any guesses on the last color?

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#45 20 days ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

I base coated the cabinet using krylon color Maxx. Then after I applied the first stencil and sprayed useing my first color the paint immediately blistered and wrinkled into the base coat.

What was wrong with the second paint to cause this reaction?

#46 20 days ago
Quoted from GRUMPY:

What was wrong with the second paint to cause this reaction?

I went too heavy too fast. A rookie spray paint mistake. What ever chemical keeps the paint suspended in the can bit into the white base coat.

#47 20 days ago

Yikes!!!
Those stencils are nerve wracking for sure. Was Jeff from pinballpimp willing to help with partial replacements?

I struggled on my first side as well. You’ll be a pro on the rest, no doubt.

Looking great!

#48 19 days ago

Definitely a learning experience with restoring a pinball. But it makes it so much cooler in the end!!

#49 18 days ago

Need me some stencils. Jeff sent me the replacements. Too bad they were for High Speed. . We talked today and we got it all worked out now. Jeff is a great guy. He grew up near me and we spent most of the time talking about the area.

#50 18 days ago

I completely got the playfield assembled, minus what needs to be attached off the rotisserie.

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