Hey all. I’d like to share my recent shop/restore of No Good Gofers. I bought this machine in early January as a family friendly theme that not only I could enjoy, but my 11 year old and wife, too (and it has proven to hit the mark – they love it! Especially the kid). I bought it at a reasonable price, by current standards, and it had good bones. A nice playfield with little slam ramp wear, clean boards, nice cabinet (some dings but with bright, vivid colors). The glass was in poor shape, but easy fix. The topside was pretty good, but major TLC was needed under the playfield. I doubt anyone had thoroughly gone through it in many years, if ever. (I’m not complaining, mind you, I was looking for a project). It turned into a rather big effort, and I did the bulk of the work over two weeks, about 40 hours labor, and quite a lot of $ in parts. I’ll share the results, but first here’s a list of improvements and some before/in-progress pics.00022FFF-F06C-45BE-AAED-6275B53E4802 (resized).jpeg
Bottom side. Rebuilt flippers, slingshots, pop-bumpers. Removed and went through every mech and subway, cleaning, looking for missing or worn parts (replaced any such). Replaced all coil sleeves and springs. Cleaned white wood as much as possible.
Top side. Removed all ramps and plastics, cleaned. Thorough pf clean, wax. Replaced both gophers with new high quality repros (along with gofer caps). Replaced banged up slam ramp with new one. Replaced misaligned wheel decal. Replaced all rubbers. Added LCD Color DMD (great mod on this machine!) Added a simple green felt background behind the ramps. Added putting green light mod.
Cabinet. Cleaned, polished legs, replaced bolts. Vacuumed out. Cleaned coin box. Added golf ball shooter (interestingly, this added a lot of mass to the shooter rod which really throws it out of whack. I’ve tried many different spring tensions and still haven’t found anything that shoots to my satisfaction)
Lighting. It came with LEDs, all neutral white on top, insert color matched on bottom. After the work, I spent a lot of time with lighting, trying all kinds of LEDs and I have ended up going back to all incandescent, except for the spot lights (warm white) and pop bumpers (because I don’t want to remove the ramps to replace those bulbs). I found that with bright LEDs in the two spot lights (left and right ramp) there was no need for the tower of spot lights by the jackpot ramp and once I removed that I was so happy at how it cleared up the view of the jackpot ramp. So yeah, lighting is a matter of personal taste. To me, the inserts were just so dang bright they blinded me, and even with the warm LEDs in the GI I did not like how the playfield art showed up.
Here are the before/in-progress pics (result pics coming up in next post).
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