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Best of Pinside Documented Restorations.

By TractorDoc

5 years ago


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#1 5 years ago

First -- Of course this is not a complete list. I've tried to condense/compile restoration threads that provide detailed information, lots of pictures, and if possible a start/finish. I have learned a lot from many of them, hopefully having a thread that condenses finished restorations will make finding them easier.

*--* Williams Indiana Jones by Bryan_Kelly :

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ij-restoration-started

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*--* Bally Fathom by PinballMikeD :

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pmd-–-fathom-restoration-let-the-spending-begin

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*--* Williams Funhouse and Bally Attack From Mars by beelzeboob

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-this-aint-no-hep-funhouse-restoration-1

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-boob-tube-another-not-an-hep-afm-restoration

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*--* Bally Medusa, Williams Medieval Madness, Williams Black Knight, Williams Firepower, Williams Taxi, Bally The Addams Family, Bally Four Million B.C., Bally Voltan Escapes Cosmic Doom, and Bally Twilight Zone by High_End_Pins

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-medusa-restore

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-presents-a-tale-of-two-medieval-madnesses

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-restores-an-original-mm-the-original-way

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-is-hired-to-protect-the-black-knight

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-firepower-2018

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/taxi-2018-hep

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/new-featured-hep-restore-is-taf-prototype

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-taf-restoration

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hep-four-million-bc-restore

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/voltan-escapes-cosmic-doom-restore-hep

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-hep-awesome-anniversary-tz-dream-comes-true

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*--* Williams Fish Tales and Williams Pinbot (Cabinet) by cosmokramer

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-fish-tales-rebuild

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/first-attempt-at-cabinet-restoration-lets-see-how-it-turns-out

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*--* Williams Fire, Data East Jurassic Park, and Data East Back to the Future by Lonzo

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/williams-fire-restoration

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/jurassic-park-restoration

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/back-to-the-future-restoration

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*--* Williams Taxi by Richthofen

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/restore-time-taxi

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*--* Williams Taxi by Skypilot

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-tale-of-two-taxis

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*--* Williams The Bride of Pinbot by TheRingMaster

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bride-of-pinbot-restoration-thread

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*--* Bally Double-Up by Pecos

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-1970-double-up-minimalist-restoration

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*--* Bally World Cup Soccer by flashinstinct

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wcs-restoration-journal

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*--* Bally Doctor Who by Skyhawk

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-first-restoration-with-dad-dr-who

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*--* Williams White Water and Bally Flash Gordin by Skins

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wh2o-restoration-ride-the-rapids

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/another-flash-gordon-reimagined

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*--* Williams The Bride of Pinbot and Bally Future Spa by jsa

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bop-father-and-sons-first-restoration

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/future-spa-father-and-sons-second-restoration

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*--* Williams Congo by Gov

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/congo-full-restorationcustomization-above-and-beyond

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*--* Bally Viking and Fish Tales by Whysnow

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/why-not-a-viking-restoration

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/why-not-an-ongoing-fish-tales-restoration

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*--* Williams Space Shuttle by beatmaster

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/space-shuttle-restoration-it-has-begun

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*--* Williams Monster Bash by knockerlover

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/monster-bash-full-restoration

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*--* Williams Gorgar, High Speed, and Sorcerer by mof

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/resto-gorgar-mof-20150301

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-restoration/

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/sorcerer-project/

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*--* Williams Pinbot by NJGecko

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinbot-my-attempt-at-restoring-a-machine-and-a-community/

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*--* Williams High Speed by Whridlsoncestood

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-full-restoration-started-whridlsoncestood-112512

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*--* Bally Flash Gordon by djblouw

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/from-trash-gordon-to-flash-gordon-my-restoration

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*--* Williams Junk Yard by Mbecker

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/junkyard-early-proto-playfield-swap-and-full-restoration

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*--* Bally Frontier by Tbgolfen

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-frontier-restoration-and-custom-artwork

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*--* Stern Pirates of the Caribbean by Soulrider911

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/potc-partial-restore

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*--* Bally Bobby Orr's Power Play by PhilGreg

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bobby-orrs-power-play-from-scrapper-to-power-player

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*--* Bally Eight Ball Deluxe and Williams Time Fantasy by g94

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/another-ebd-screaming-for-attention-g94

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/another-time-fantasy-screaming-for-attention

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*--* Stern Electronics Dracula Playfield Restoration by CaptainNeo

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-playfield-restoration-step-by-step-walk-through

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*--* Williams Bride of Pinbot by MT45

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/3-years-for-my-bride-of-pinbot

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*--* Bally Mata Hari by mrm_4

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/i-thought-she-was-a-dirty-girl-before-i-stripped-her-down

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*--* Williams The Getaway High Speed II by @Sprudeldudel

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-2-the-getaway-first-restoration

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*--* Williams Bad Cats by goingincirclez

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/im-taking-my-kids-down-with-me-by-resurrecting-bad-cats

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*--* Bally Attack From Mars Playfield Swap by dmacy

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/afm-mirco-playfield-gone-over-by-kruzman-swap

dmacy has an impressive record of playfield swaps/pin work in general as noted by Spyderturbo007 in post #13 below:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/best-of-pinside-documented-restorations#post-4980853

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*--* Stern Electronics Nine Ball and Bally Paragon by TractorDoc

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/nine-ball-overhaul-my-attempt-to-resurrect-a-long-dormant-machine

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/project-paragon-breathing-life-back-into-the-beast

#2 5 years ago

Shucks! Didnt make the list. Im glad you did this. I love looking at restoration threads. I feel like anyone that saves an old game is preserving a piece of art that can live on 2 or 3 times the length of time it was intended. Thanks for the compilation TractorDoc

#4 5 years ago

Thanks for compiling this. My gorgar one is nice, but my two playfield swaps are the most extensive with high speed and sorcerer.

Also two more that inspired me early on were WHRIDLSONCESTOOD high speed, and njgecko Pinbot... They gotta be up here.

Mof

Edited:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-full-restoration-started-whridlsoncestood-112512
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinbot-my-attempt-at-restoring-a-machine-and-a-community/
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https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-restoration/
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/sorcerer-project/

#5 5 years ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Shucks! Didnt make the list. Im glad you did this.

Quoted from mof:

My gorgar one is nice, but my two playfield swaps are the most extensive with high speed and sorcerer.
Also two more that inspired me early on were whirlioncestood high speed, and njgecko Pinbot... They gotta be up here.

Plenty of room for more -- feel free to add anything you feel is worthy!

#6 5 years ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Plenty of room for more -- feel free to add anything you feel is worthy!

OK you talked me into it, I'll say its not a "best of" but I like to brag about her and I'm super happy with the end result.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/i-thought-she-was-a-dirty-girl-before-i-stripped-her-down

#7 5 years ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

OK you talked me into it, I'll say its not a "best of" but I like to brag about her and I'm super happy with the end result.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/i-thought-she-was-a-dirty-girl-before-i-stripped-her-down

Both added to the first post.

#8 5 years ago

If there's a master link to all vid's guides -- I'd add that to this master list -- as following any of them is just a different form of editing ideas -- learning across many machines in stead of one.

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#9 5 years ago

Something along these lines?

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guides-a-pinside-compendium-updated-72015

Not that I'm anywhere near the genius Vid is, but I tried adding in a few additional restoration guide threads in this compilation:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/best-of-pinside-restoration-guides

#10 5 years ago

This is a Great thread idea. One of the things I love most on Pinside are the talented and Gracious individuals willing to document there amazing work. Even a simple task like installing a pop bumper. To me these are like mini documentaries recording the rebirth of pinball history. Journaling and photo capturing each step along the way is certainly no easy task and simply done to share knowledge with others. Just awesome! Thank you to All that do this! For me as it was a personal project the documentary the Master Chris at #HEP did on our TZ was to be honest an emotion drama. What he was able to do with the basket case game we gave him was simply incredible! To say he is the best in the world would be hard to judge but looking over his attention to detail and the pride he puts into his creations certainly would be tough to argue. While the documentary he created was generously shared seeing the game in person just makes you speechless. We are So pleased he took our project on.

HEP ultimate from grave to glory TZ restoration:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/my-hep-awesome-anniversary-tz-dream-comes-true

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#11 5 years ago

Very honored to be included, thanks everyone.

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#12 5 years ago

Added a couple more to the list.

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#14 4 years ago

High Speed 2 - The Getaway: First restoration ended up high-end

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/high-speed-2-the-getaway-first-restoration

#15 4 years ago
Quoted from Kobaja:

High Speed 2 - The Getaway: First restoration ended up high-end

Nice work! Will add to the first post.

#16 4 years ago

I'll add in my Bally Time Zone. I think this is the best one I've ever done. I did a Sky Jump which was really good but I did change the light blue color so I put it behind the TZ.

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#17 4 years ago

OH wow... I made the cut! That's really gratifying. It's been almost 5 years exactly since I got my first pin and joined this site with no clue what I was doing; a lot of those threads and restos of the time were beyond informative and inspirational. It feels nice to have given back and graduated in the community. Lots of good company here. And this is a great thread too.

#18 4 years ago

Another one by dmacy for the list. It's an AFM that's getting a Kruzman play field swap. Maybe it doesn't matter because the others didn't make the list....

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/afm-mirco-playfield-gone-over-by-kruzman-swap

#19 4 years ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Maybe it doesn't matter because the others didn't make the list....

I'll happily add his work to the main list -- sometimes one or two posts sneak by me and get neglected.

Everyone here has done great work; there is no intentional omissions. Feel free to keep after me via PM or post if one thinks that is the case.

#20 4 years ago

Appreciate you adding me but please take me off this. I don’t do restores. I’ve done some amateur hour stuff especially with cabinet stuff. Playfield swaps but it is more just parts swapping. Anyone can do that. I’m a hack. I’m more like a brake and oil guy. Thanks.

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#21 2 years ago

Any new resto threads in the last year or 2 worth checking out? I feel like the restoration presence on the site has fallen behind the scenes due to the state of the world and pricing and hype threads.
Who is bringing games back to life since 2019 that needs some praise???

#22 2 years ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Any new resto threads in the last year or 2 worth checking out? I feel like the restoration presence on the site has fallen behind the scenes due to the state of the world and pricing and hype threads.
Who is bringing games back to life since 2019 that needs some praise???

Look no further than the poster above you, dmacy He's done a pile of both play field swaps and extensive shop jobs since 2019 and documents all of them here with piles of pictures and helpful tips. Not to mention lots of kitty pictures! Well, she's technically the supervisor.....

Anyway, here are just the first few I stumbled across.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bringing-a-taxi-back-to-life-renew-and-refresh
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/no-joke-joker-poker-solid-state-kruzman-playfield-swap
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/making-a-nice-addams-nicer-refresh-and-bulletproofing
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/earthshaker-deep-fault-cleaning-amp-refresh

#23 2 years ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Look no further than the poster above you, dmacy He's done a pile of both play field swaps and extensive shop jobs since 2019 and documents all of them here with piles of pictures and helpful tips. Not to mention lots of kitty pictures! Well, she's technically the supervisor.....
Anyway, here are just the first few I stumbled across.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bringing-a-taxi-back-to-life-renew-and-refresh
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/no-joke-joker-poker-solid-state-kruzman-playfield-swap
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/making-a-nice-addams-nicer-refresh-and-bulletproofing
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/earthshaker-deep-fault-cleaning-amp-refresh

Wait I thought dmacy was a brake and oil guy!
You too good to be ignored dmacy

#24 2 years ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

Wait I thought dmacy was a brake and oil guy!
You too good to be ignored dmacy

He's that too. Man of many talents!

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