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Barn Find Eight Ball Deluxe


By Waderade812

3 months ago



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#1 3 months ago

A couple of weeks ago, a gentleman that helps out at my local barcade, pulled me to the side and asked if I was looking for a new project. I said absolutely! What have you got? He tells me a story about a girl his wife works with had an eight ball that he had just pulled out of their barn. The first question was DELUXE? And yes was his answer. He had me hook line and sinker.

Fast forward 2 weeks and I took ownership of it. I brought it home last night and set it outside with an air compressor and began blowing all the mud dobbers and cobwebs out of it. The glass had a good layer of bird shit coating it. So after making it clean enough to bring it my work space, I lugged it into the house.

So I am gearing up for my second rebuild now. I have the wiring harness out of the head along with the circuit boards. I will start here with the cabinet, so i can get my foundation to 100%.

I will be able to start getting some better pictures up hopefully to tomorrow.

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#3 3 months ago

Wow... I wonder if wasp nests can short a trace on a circuit card?
I would bet that most of it works after you get it cleaned up.
However, you should probably keep your expectations low, so you don't get disappointed.
The good news is that there is no arcing, charring or burning visible.
I am curious to see how it looks when you get it fixed up.
I always liked this game.

#4 3 months ago

That looks like a hell of a find. What condition is the playfield in?

#5 3 months ago
Quoted from pinballkim:

That looks like a hell of a find. What condition is the playfield in?

I was wondering the same thing

#6 3 months ago
Quoted from Dent00:Wow... I wonder if wasp nests can short a trace on a circuit card?
I would bet that most of it works after you get it cleaned up.
However, you should probably keep your expectations low, so you don't get disappointed.
The good news is that there is no arcing, charring or burning visible.
I am curious to see how it looks when you get it fixed up.
I always liked this game.

Me too there is no burnt areas or traces. But I may just get an All Tek 3 board kit just to treat myself. Main focus is the cabinet for now. Along with cleaning up everything. I want it looking and playing su purb. I will have to figure out something with the playfield.

I wish there was a hardtop for it.

#7 3 months ago

Nice find, look forward to seeing pics of the playfield and backglass.

#8 3 months ago

Exciting! Why can’t I be so lucky? Congrats!

#9 3 months ago

My experience with barn finds are the wasp nests won't hurt the traces - just takes patience and a damp cloth to remove the remaining mud. I usually chip off most of it before starting.

On your board sets, it looks like you have a few SDB drivers blown - check the associated solenoids to make sure they aren't burned or have stuck switches. The MPU board looks good - after all those years, and the battery not leaking is a good sign.

Hopefully, she will fire back up after the cleaning and board repairs. Nice find.

#10 3 months ago

I wish i could have a barn find like this.
Congratulations!
Please keep posting your progress.

#11 3 months ago

Great find! And surprisingly the battery does not seem to have created too much damage, lucky!
Please more pictures when you can.

#12 3 months ago

First look I thought it was a molex connector. Lol. Next time put on the glasses.

#13 3 months ago

EBD die hard

#14 3 months ago

Had a long evening working on EBD. My buddy came over and gave me a hand. He is very interested in the mechanics of pinball machines. He asked if he could apprentice while I worked on this project. I take a scatter shot approach to my projects. So its time to just focus on the cabinet for now. As promised here are the homecoming pictures.

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#15 3 months ago

Last night and tonight I got the cabinet stripped photographed and sorted in zip lock bags and the wiring harness is ready for the dish washer. I will get the cabinet over to the shop for stripping and repairs. The machine was drilled for a coin door lock bar. The floor will have to be replaced along with a few dings and gouges.

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#16 3 months ago

One other item will be cutting a new back box light and display panel. "not sure on the name" This one has a ply that is separating all the way around. It just needs a new start.

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#17 3 months ago

Wow! That is starting out far better than i would have guessed!

#18 3 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Wow! That is starting out far better than i would have guessed!

Yeah I'm supper happy with it. I entered the hobby about a year ago and the first private collection I saw, he had one and I just couldn't stop playing it. That moment I knew I would have one. It is one I have been keeping my eye out for since that night.

#19 3 months ago

Love it, these kinda finds are my favorite, I got a James bond Katrina victim early on as I got into the hobby, I fixed the cab before passing it to a friend when I moved, that playfield looks pretty good!

#22 3 months ago

Super nice playfield to start with

#23 3 months ago

Excellent, thanks for the pics, following! Your playfield looks great. Me too am about to start working on an EBD "barn find", but in pretty bad shape compared to yours (major cabinet fix needed, no backglass...)

#24 3 months ago
Quoted from matiou:

Excellent, thanks for the pics, following! Your playfield looks great. Me too am about to start working on an EBD "barn find", but in pretty bad shape compared to yours (major cabinet fix needed, no backglass...)

Good luck to you. I like working on them more then playing

#25 3 months ago

Head is sanded. And gluing in two loose plys.
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#26 3 months ago

The sander hardly dented it. I hate to do it but I'm going to use this chemical stripper.

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#27 3 months ago

You need a good DA and 80 grit. I wouldn’t use that stuff for fear of adhesion problems later

#28 3 months ago

80 grit in my orbital turned it to tar. One side already complete. It will get sanded thoroughly after this.

#29 3 months ago

Bottom came out easily. The "nibbler" makes it nice.

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#30 3 months ago
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#31 3 months ago

Coin door lock holes are filled

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#32 3 months ago

First coat of primer this morning. Maybe be able to do a little sanding this evening.

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#33 3 months ago

Third coat of primer.

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#34 3 months ago

What do you guys use to fill the small planking marks that the primer won't fill. I tried this on the head side. But the right side of the cabinet body has the same issue. Will body filler do the same thing?

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#35 3 months ago
Quoted from Waderade812:

Will body filler do the same thing

Body filler is what I use.

#36 3 months ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

Body filler is what I use.

Thank you. That makes sense.

#37 3 months ago

Bondo (or body filler) is your friend for many things. 50+ years ago when I was a teenager our family home was stone and lots of the window frames had rotted due to constant moisture from stone against the wood. I talked my dad into letting me remove all the rotten wood and fill those areas with Bondo. Almost 50 years later (about 3 years ago) my sister sold the house and windows were still original and in decent shape because of that Bondo.

Bondo is fairly easy to work with, dries fairly quickly and will never go anywhere in most cases. Just don't try to fill in a bad corner on a cabinet that way. Fix the corner with Epoxy then once you have it close finish the job with Bondo. Bondo can chip out if you bump it on an outside corner but epoxy actually bonds to the wood and is stronger than wood. You can even mix saw dust into epoxy if you want something more like wood as your finish coat.

In any even once you have used Bondo you will never use wood filler again.

#38 3 months ago
Quoted from too-many-pins:

Bondo (or body filler) is your friend for many things. 50+ years ago when I was a teenager our family home was stone and lots of the window frames had rotted due to constant moisture from stone against the wood. I talked my dad into letting me remove all the rotten wood and fill those areas with Bondo. Almost 50 years later (about 3 years ago) my sister sold the house and windows were still original and in decent shape because of that Bondo.
Bondo is fairly easy to work with, dries fairly quickly and will never go anywhere in most cases. Just don't try to fill in a bad corner on a cabinet that way. Fix the corner with Epoxy then once you have it close finish the job with Bondo. Bondo can chip out if you bump it on an outside corner but epoxy actually bonds to the wood and is stronger than wood. You can even mix saw dust into epoxy if you want something more like wood as your finish coat.
In any even once you have used Bondo you will never use wood filler again.

Just to clarify, Bondo is a brand name, any Body filler will work, I personally prefer Z-Grip
As it's a bit easier to work with and shape

#39 3 months ago

First base coat is on the lower. Almost sprayed the head and thought wait. This is supposed to be ivory.

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#40 3 months ago

Sprayed the last base coats thursday, and brought it home from the shop.

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#41 3 months ago

So now I installed the first stencils after 2 and a half days of curing.

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#42 3 months ago

And finally sprayed the first color. Rust-Oleum canvas white.

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#43 3 months ago

And one small problem that can be touched up.

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#44 3 months ago

And now the head.

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#45 3 months ago

Great progress!

#46 3 months ago
Quoted from matiou:

Great progress!

Thank you. It's moving along.

#47 3 months ago

Legs back from sand blasting.

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#48 3 months ago

And painted. Thanks timab2000 for the flat iron grey paint you mentioned in your lost world restore.

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#49 3 months ago

If you got really ambitious, this might be an excellent time to get those legs and other metal parts powder coated.
Probably pretty expensive though...

#50 3 months ago
Quoted from Dent00:

If you got really ambitious, this might be an excellent time to get those legs and other metal parts powder coated.
Probably pretty expensive though...

I did all that on my last rebuild. It was about $230 to do everything including the coin door.

This will be a bone stock EBD. Besides making it more serviceable with molex connections.

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