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Bally Elektra Restore- She's got Diamonds coming out of her.....


By Aladdin

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

So you may have seen my original (now viral) post about the sight unseen Elektra I just picked up. Here's the thread with photos and the good, bad and ugly-
http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/best-description-of-elektra-ever

I pulled the PF from the cab (first timer on this!), removed the head (another first), built a rotisserie (first) and started the restore.
Vid1900 suggested that I buy a new cab, which is a great idea, but the cost +shipping was over my budget. I've already glued the cab back in place and will start sanding soon. I still need to find the stencils or perhaps order them from Twisted Pin. I've started on the BG and super glued some of the bubble back (worked great), got the PF on the rotisserie and will pull the boards soon. Here's some pics to start with:
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#2 6 years ago

thanks for posting this, looking forward to your progress,

#3 6 years ago

Thanks Gtown.
This will be an interesting PF to work on. I need to research how others have taken it apart with all of the layers of wood and plexiglas

#4 6 years ago

yeah, I haven't seen one apart either so glad you're walking us through it. That plexiglass at least means part of your PF should be in great shape.

#5 6 years ago

Here's the PF on the rotisserie. I had to make tabs on the back bracket because the back of the pf is populated and only the sides are clear.
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#6 6 years ago

Here's the upper pf, just a couple of wear spots to air brush and seal.
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#7 6 years ago

Will be interesting to see what u come
Up
With for stencils. I'm in the process of making some. But I'm no artist.

#8 6 years ago

Cool. Good luck. I look forward to seeing your progress. I wonder if I'm up for the challenge on mine....

#9 6 years ago

I'm definitely changing the cab paint. I'm thinking like a sparkle blue base, silver crystals with a red shadow and yellow lightning. Thoughts?

#10 6 years ago

Sounds interesting. The pink on it sux. Defiantly needs to change

#11 6 years ago

In for updates

#12 6 years ago

Working on plastics. The heat gun on low, cookie sheet, spoon and cover with pf glass is working really well.
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#13 6 years ago

Here's the underbelly. The basement pf comes off and even has connectors!!! Would you look at the wiring on this thing! Imagine how much it would cost today to replicate this pin?

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#14 6 years ago

Flat plastics, now to super glue broken ones. Is JB Weld better?
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#15 6 years ago
Quoted from Aladdin:

Here's the underbelly. The basement pf comes off and even has connectors!!! Would you look at the wiring on this thing! Imagine how much it would cost today to replicate this pin?

LOL yeah i know biggest wiring mess in any of the old Bally SS classics. I dread rewireing and changing all the sockets on mine when i get around to restoring it lol.

#16 6 years ago

Ok, Hellfire, you do that and I'll copy your
Pics and say that I replaced all that during my "Restore".
. If u pinsiders are watching my restore thinking you're gonna see screws tumbled and light sockets replaced, please move along!!! Hahaha!

#17 6 years ago

Your right the hell with tumbling them screws i just replace em all with stainless lol.

#18 6 years ago

Basement pf out, there's a black foam around the plexi area that has dry rotted.
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#19 6 years ago
Quoted from Aladdin:

Basement pf out, there's a black foam around the plexi area that has dry rotted.

Mine was too. I removed mine. Not sure if it's really needed.

#20 6 years ago

I'd replace the metal nuts/acorns to a rubber or nylon acorns. Allows for a bit more flex on the plastic.

#21 6 years ago

Have you contacted the guy in UK who has some plastics. They are fairly priced. Great seller.

#22 6 years ago
Quoted from rottenrobert1313:

Mine was too. I removed mine. Not sure if it's really needed.

It is either there for one of 2 reasons or both to absorb moisture when washing the bottom of the plexiglass window, and or to keep dust out from between the plexi and playfield it seemed to pretty much fail at both lol.

#23 6 years ago

I thought it was a reverse Beer Seal for guys like us that work on pins late night!

Vanhos- I'll email that guy with the plastics. I really want an entire repro set though. Thanks for the tip!

#24 6 years ago

There not making a repro set of elektra plastics at least in the next 10 yrs anyway. Not enough demand for them to be made. If you check the elektra fan club thread it will explain the plastic issue. So I'd be getting hold of this guy as they are extremely hard to find. I'm waiting on a shooter lane plastic and it's that hard to find right now. Ahhhhhhh

#25 6 years ago

Yeah no worries 5 years and still havnt found all the plastics i need so love what you have lol.

#26 6 years ago

Here's the before of the lower pf. I hit it with a ME and 91%. Lots of white paint came off, but it was going to come off anyway. I'll use the airbrush on it with a light hit of off-white.

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#27 6 years ago
Quoted from Aladdin:

Ok, Hellfire, you do that and I'll copy your
Pics and say that I replaced all that during my "Restore".
. If u pinsiders are watching my restore thinking you're gonna see screws tumbled and light sockets replaced, please move along!!! Hahaha!

Awe crap! I bought a tumbler! Cabelas had their Hornady M2 on sale and I had gift cards!
EDIT- DO NOT BUY THE LYMAN ROUGE MIX IN THIS PHOTO, IT'S CRAP!
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#28 6 years ago

First lie of the restore, congrats!

#29 6 years ago

Keep it up. Loving the progress so far.

#30 6 years ago

Stencils ordered from Twisted Pins. Used their creation process which was very easy.

#31 6 years ago

How much we're they.

#32 6 years ago

$134 shipped, now on to the paint stripping
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#33 6 years ago

You might as well fill and sand that serial number away its prolly going to give you a headache in its current location using the stencils.

#34 6 years ago

I'm looking forward to following this through to completion. I just picked up an Elecktra and a Rolling Stones two months ago and will be repainting the both of them in the next year or two.

Keep up the good work!!

#35 6 years ago

Dido. I'm interested on the colour choice. I have to replace the back of my lower cab and repaint.

#36 6 years ago

I'm really struggling with the colors. Part of me wants to keep the game original and the other part wants to spice things up a bit. I wish I could keep the serial # on the cab, but I agree with Hellfire that the paint might leak through the stencils. I did order the used plastics that Vanhos recommended. Thanks for following my thread y'all.

#37 6 years ago

With your patching and repairs i would suggest marglass or short strand fiberglass reinforced body filler
Yeah when i get around to my cabinet Im going to do a custom paint job im cringing at the cost though going to be alot of colors and i use automotive tri-coats. but yeah i think the cabinet is kinda blah in comparison to the playfields.
i would think metallics at least.

#38 6 years ago

I have made stencils for the top cab. But now they have made some real stencil kits I will buy one from them.

I might try the stencils out tho with some different colours.

Navy blue - pink - yellow.

Metallic blue - silver - red

Navy blue - red - yellow

I have also came across a idea of a sticker instead of stencils. Might be copyright tho. image-241.jpgimage-446.jpgimage-990.jpg

#39 6 years ago

I like the cab decal idea!
80 grit sanding now. The wood is really not bad, no major gouges to repair.
I've got to figure out how to fill the weathered wood grain "tiny tiny gaps".
Bondo, Wood fill?

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#40 6 years ago

919765_604867132857058_254063234_o.jpgwood conditioner the cabinet, then high build automotive primer.
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#41 6 years ago

looks great, high build auto primer fills micro cracks right?

#42 6 years ago

Question:
While I'm recond the cabinet, should I just send out all of the boards for "tune ups"?
I can do the Cap/resistor replacements, but if I'm going this far, should I just spend the $$?
Thoughts? Whom shall I send to?

#43 6 years ago

In for updates! Love me some Elektra!

Chris

#44 6 years ago
Quoted from Aladdin:

Question:
While I'm recond the cabinet, should I just send out all of the boards for "tune ups"?
I can do the Cap/resistor replacements, but if I'm going this far, should I just spend the $$?
Thoughts? Whom shall I send to?

I sent my boards off. All except the display boards including the three little ones under the cabinet. They found a lot more issues than I thought I had. Cost a bit but its done.

#45 6 years ago

Glued and repaired the neck. Now on to Bondo! Here's a little trick to build up that missing piece of wood. Three shims glued together is the perfect width, then cut to fit!
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#46 6 years ago

Another 1st. I wasn't going to remove the guts from the cabinet, but seeing Hellfire's pics above really helped.
The zip lock bag organization method is working for me and giving me confidence that I can put this back together.
Here's a couple of pics
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1 week later
#47 6 years ago

Got the stencils back from Twisted Pin. They look and feel high quality. I emptied the cabinet head of the boards and removed the backglass door/light panel. Another first for me.
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#48 6 years ago

Here's the repair on the notch that was missing. Used a Dremel cut off disc and a sanding bit to shape. image-88.jpgReady for Bondo.

#49 6 years ago

Great work carnt wat to see the colour choices.

#50 6 years ago

I agree looks great. Keep up the hard work.

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