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Bad Cats Playfield Swap II: You’re One Bad Cat!


By dmacy

8 months ago



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#101 6 months ago

Gerry 80spit brought the cabinet over he just finished restoring. It looks fantastic! The only thing he didn’t bring here was the rare condom backglass. Hoping to see those pictures when he has it home and set up. We had to go over a few issues:

No drama on the first power up. Lighting and coils all working. But it had two switches (Shooter lane and doghouse) that weren’t working. Following Gerry’s methodical testing, it was found that the crimp center lug of both switches were bad. First time I’ve seen it and thinking I’ll just solder these all in the future vs reusing the crimp connectors. We soldered them on and back in business.

Another issue was the “O” upper lane change switch was flaky. A new switch and diode made short repair of this.

Lastly, the left flipper was weak: EOS wasn’t closed all the way so it was a quick find and easy fix. The flipper bat also needed tightened too but was quickly fixed. I still owe him the Cliffy flipper lane guides when they show up but it didn’t affect game play.

Playing it is super fast as you’d expect. I hate playing someone else’s new game with a fresh swap but man do they play amazing. The only thing we didn’t do was play it in the dark. I think that would’ve scared Gerry anyway. He’s such a good guy so I thought it was best lol!

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#102 6 months ago

Looks awesome! I hope he put some
Cab protectors on that new decal job!!

#103 6 months ago

It’s too bad about the news that CGC will be remaking Bad Cats, especially after all the amazing work put into this game. Tell Gerry that I am sorry for his loss. That being said, he probably wants to sell it to a good home and buy the remake when it comes out. Please tell Gerry that I would be willing to take it off his hands for a fair price despite the value is sure to plunge when the remake hits.

#104 6 months ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

Looks awesome! I hope he put some
Cab protectors on that new decal job!!

Oh yeah, I put them on

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#105 6 months ago

Check out this rare proto backglass, first pic is the standard original, 2nd is a proto I believe, see if you can find the condom. Lots of little changes throughout , this glass puts this pin over the top for me

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#106 6 months ago
Quoted from 80spit:

Oh yeah, I put them on[quoted image]

I did too. I also cut my decals back about aN 1/8” around the protector and then down the side where the leg could potentially rub.

There’s a good thread on it here. Check it out. You may wanna trim around them like stern protectors do.

#107 6 months ago
Quoted from 80spit:

Check out this rare proto backglass, first pic is the standard original, 2nd is a proto I believe, see if you can find the condom. Lots of little changes throughout , this glass puts this pin over the top for me[quoted image][quoted image]

I recently picked up a Proto backglass locally for cheap - So excited to get it even though I don't even have a Bad Cats yet. It's on my bucket list!

#108 6 months ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Gerry 80spit brought the cabinet over he just finished restoring. It looks fantastic! The only thing he didn’t bring here was the rare condom backglass. Hoping to see those pictures when he has it home and set up. We had to go over a few issues:
No drama on the first power up. Lighting and coils all working. But it had two switches (Shooter lane and doghouse) that weren’t working. Following Gerry’s methodical testing, it was found that the crimp center lug of both switches were bad. First time I’ve seen it and thinking I’ll just solder these all in the future vs reusing the crimp connectors. We soldered them on and back in business.
Another issue was the “O” upper lane change switch was flaky. A new switch and diode made short repair of this.
Lastly, the left flipper was weak: EOS wasn’t closed all the way so it was a quick find and easy fix. The flipper bat also needed tightened too but was quickly fixed. I still owe him the Cliffy flipper lane guides when they show up but it didn’t affect game play.
Playing it is super fast as you’d expect. I hate playing someone else’s new game with a fresh swap but man do they play amazing. The only thing we didn’t do was play it in the dark. I think that would’ve scared Gerry anyway. He’s such a good guy so I thought it was best lol!

I hate to be the one to point this out, but I see a serious issue with these pictures.

There isn't a beer to be found anywhere.

Just kidding. It looks gorgeous, just like every other machine I've seen of yours. Keep up the phenomenal work. It's awesome to have someone working to bring these great games back to life.

Congratulations on the game Gerry.

#109 6 months ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

I hate to be the one to point this out, but I see a serious issue with these pictures.
There isn't a beer to be found anywhere.
Just kidding. It looks gorgeous, just like every other machine I've seen of yours. Keep up the phenomenal work. It's awesome to have someone working to bring these great games back to life.
Congratulations on the game Gerry.

Just want to publicly Thank Dave, we have been friends for some time, and I have been asking him when he had time to do a playfield for me, He is meticulous in every aspect of doing these, was so happy when he finally decided to do one for me, he is a huge asset to the pinball community and will to share all his knowledge with anyone if asked nicely. Got a couple more lined up when he gets bored lol, Banzia Run and Funhouse. My Bad Cats is better than new, and It will be with me for years to come, plays like an banshee, looks pretty as hell, Thanks Buddy

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#110 5 months ago

This restoration came out so good. It also reminded of how beautiful this game is, it is PACKED with so much art and things to look at. One of the couple games, I have never owned, and dont know how to play. I have wanted one for about 4 years since one came up on the block at the patz show auction. By the saturday auction I had bought 3 games all ready, and only because my friend loaned a big chunk o cash for the last one... then of course this game comes up. I think it sold for 950. (I really recommend the patz auction that J. dayhuff does on saturday. Every single game goes for a good price. Not a steal always, but a good price. Also john is not one of those auctioneers who yaps so fast you often dont know how much you just bid, and end up bidding again against yourself. I have over paid before because of that)

Anyway, back to daves work and (I dont know who did the cab) the resto. A good craftsman continually hones his skills, with each job, and I see it. His finished work is almost always better that most hobbyist can do themselves, because a smart man uses each experience to consciously think about each action, becoming finer and more efficient. This kind of skill does not fall from trees, and i dont know if this is just a hobby for him, or if he is going to make a career of it. My point is the experience is very valuable and if you decide to hire him, Try to remember you are not buying tube socks at wallmart. You are supporting an American artist/craftsman that rarely get paid what they need, or deserve. So if you can afford it, I dont think you would regret it down the line if you surprised him with a little bonus when the job is done and you are happy with the work, anything from some good mcdonalds coffee, to a c note. I would like to say its the act of showing respect and thankfulness. Then in hindsight, everyone looks back on the project as a positive thing.
If I sound preachy, I apologize, I just came to the conclusion that we all eventually get thru whatever we are going thru, weather a restoration or divorce, and the thing to remember while doing it, is that there will be a long amount of time after that we will look back on it, either positively or negatively and all that goes with either. Now at 52 I finally get this memo. It may have helped, say...30 years ago!!!

So it sure seems that this job had a happy ending, and it is very inspiring to me. I have been in pinball for quite a long time, and I think more people are restoring their games rather than just cleaning them, than ever before. There could be plenty of reasons. Most parts are available, and we have the net to track them down, the price of new games being so high, plus the original games are not getting any younger. I really dig it. I have always perfered restored over new generally. It wont be long before they have a positive good looking person, teamed up with possibly a crotchety old geezer restoring pinballs on television. Of course the customer is picking it up friday and they have to do the whole thing in 4 days! or something like that. American Pinball. At least one will have to have a sleeve of tattoos. You cant get on tv any more unless you have a sleeve or a neck tattoo. Ok I will quit while this is positive.

Another beautiful game comes back to life for another 30 years at least!!! rock on!!~

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