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BK2000 Refresh Redeux

By dmacy

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

Documenting an already very nice Black Knight 2000 that will just be a tear down with some new plastics, ramp, and a few small things with a very thorough cleaning. I also want to mention that Fast Eddie who brought the machine is awesome to work with. Super nice who is extremely careful in wrapping and moving the machines. I didn't get a picture but I didn't want to slow him down.

Will share the tear down pics and progress. Very little needed on this example. We know we will do plastics, ramp, coil wrappers, and any other issues found along the way. So far, nothing is standing out. I'd love to see a playfield protector go on, but not sure if it will be an issue with the Mylar especially on the upper playfield. I will not be touching the Mylar other than polishing what is there.

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#2 2 years ago

Lower playfield tear down side in progress. One broken screw for middle drop target area that secures the tall star posts.

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#3 2 years ago

More of the top being cleared off.

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#4 2 years ago

Remainder of the top side clearing. Note the broken screws in the first picture. There's actually two broken screws which I assume was done at the factory by mistake. It plays fine but interesting to see.

Broken screws assuming from factory

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#5 2 years ago

Pin looks to be in very shape. My prior BK2K had much more wear as well as raised inserts.

#6 2 years ago

Such a great game. Best music in pinball?

#7 2 years ago

Couple of things mentioned before. Did well with only one broken screw in a T nut. Some wear at the kickout lane. And the three screw holes.

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#8 2 years ago

Will be stripping the entire playfield down for a proper shop. Cleaning all wiring, rebuilding all mechs with new wrappers, sleeves, etc.

First pics before starting to remove bottom side pics part 1:

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#9 2 years ago

More bottom side pics with disassembly part 2:

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#10 2 years ago

Always check your flipper bats. You wouldn't be able to see these unless you remove while doing a rebuild. They weren't real obvious and almost made it into the ultrasonic. Will be getting all 3 new ones since 2 are already cracked and the upper likely is too.

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#11 2 years ago

Bottom side tear down nearly ready part 3:

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#12 2 years ago

Few things needed desoldered or cut. I chose to use the staple puller on the one

Last of the bottom side tear down/apron coils/light removals part 4:

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#13 2 years ago

Just need to remove the rails and few boards and it's stripped down. Overall in very nice shape.

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#14 2 years ago

Few pics of first of the batches to get ultrasonic bath (post cleaning). I've still using Simple Green with a 20 or 30-1 ratio of distilled water. I run a batch for 18 minutes at 35-40c.

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#15 2 years ago

Will ask on the BK2000 club thread, but wondering if a playfield protector would improve or hurt the look with a Mylar playfield? I've done two already but one was a new playfield and one was on a diamondplate original. My biggest concern is the upper playfield has some mylar lifting that I don't want to disturb and protector won't likely help that.

Thoughts from anyone that has used one on their Black Knight 2000 ?

#16 2 years ago

Oh man! I'm super jealous. BK2K has been on my wanted list for a loooonnnnnnggggg time. I'll be watching this from the sidelines. Great work as always, dmacy!

#17 2 years ago


#18 2 years ago

All stripped down. Light boards have been ultrasonic'd and cleaned. Most weldments have been the same. New ramp, plastics and coil wrappers are on their way.

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#19 2 years ago

Playfield is cleaning up nicely. We will be doing decals for kickback and Mylar over them. They’re the only real wear items.

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#20 2 years ago

Cleaned all lower playfield inserts. Lighting harness and boards installed. List for insert LED’s created. Most upper playfield hardware ready. Topside can get put on when weldment regraining finished. Some parts started to install.

Requested to put in Comet 2SMD warm white in GI. Will be adding some blue Comet strips in the U-turns. Inserts will be color matched with warm white in orange inserts.
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#21 2 years ago

Had to order some new star posts. After cleaning you could see a lot of minor cracks.

Flipper mechs taken apart. Will be installing new bushings, rebuild and converting to WPC return spring style

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#22 2 years ago

Lower playfield mechanisms coming apart for cleaning. No major issues but am using a new ball popper plastic and sling arms due to age of the plastic. New coil sleeves and wrappers will follow as well.

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#23 2 years ago

Weldments mostly all regrained and installed. New diode and clear tubing for lamp that was cut to remove harness.

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#24 2 years ago

Regrained on left:

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#25 2 years ago

Lower Flippers rebuilt with new brackets (old were hogged open), bushings, etc. New caps not yet installed.

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#26 2 years ago

We are going with all Titan clear rings with new plastic set. There is a lot of riveting on the upper playfield!

Some assemblies coming together. Ball popper and outhole kicker in.

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#27 2 years ago

Doh! Rookie mistake. What’s wrong with the outhole kicker?

#28 2 years ago

I had the coil in backwards...

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#29 2 years ago

Your 'before' pics look better than many BK2K machines I see. Nice work!


#30 2 years ago

Thanks Chris. Yes, this machine is already super nice. Trying to make it just a little nicer with some tasteful improvements.

#31 2 years ago

Flippers are finished and mounted.

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#32 2 years ago

Left Lane guide at the kickback has taken its toll at the corner. Some gentle hand filing and back to shape. Will polish it up before installed.

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#33 2 years ago

A lot of work! Well done so far. Extremely nice original play field! This is such a beautiful game. This will be a super nice example.

#34 2 years ago

Great work so far Dave! Really impressed with how it is coming along; your (extreme) care and attention to detail is greatly appreciated - look forward to getting it back when all your great work is done

#35 2 years ago

Titan order came today. They really look nice and like the clears.

Installed some the plastics on the lower playfield and while fishing out the new set from CPR it’s apparent just how many are used on the top. This is most of the plastics (and extras/topper) for the upper playfield. It may be just an upper, but there’s a lot crammed up there.

Mechs are slowly getting installed. New drop targets with decals back in place. Ball eject mech installed.

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#36 2 years ago

Plastic protectors were included to install. They include all the lower plastics and one for the upper playfield. The lower playfield plastic for the Magna Save was off at the plastic spacer. Marked and used drill press to make a new hole. Will work fine when installed.

I can’t emphasize enough if you’re a hobbyist of anything, get a drill press. I spent way too years doing car stuff without. They come in handy all the time.

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#37 2 years ago

The Russian wants treats so that’s it for tonight.

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#38 2 years ago
Quoted from dmacy:

The Russian wants treats so that’s it for tonight.

Dad, I'z hungy!!!

#39 2 years ago

I've been wanting a bk2000 for a while now and this thread is not helping

Looking forward to seeing the updates

#40 2 years ago

What do you use to polish the Mylar? It looks fantastic.

#41 2 years ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

What do you use to polish the Mylar? It looks fantastic.

I use an old Treasure Cove kit #2 (I have still not used up much since getting the kit a while back) and polish it out with the wool pad and Meguiar’s Show car glaze.

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#42 2 years ago

Sling mechs are together and installed.

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#43 2 years ago

Lower playfield plastics are all finally installed. Had to open another hole in a plastic protector but not unusual.

The Magna Save bulb hole is tight. I have a premium yellow 44 frosted in it now (was yellow condom incandescent when arrived) but thinking a warm, natural or cool white with condom over. Anyone have compared the differences of using these combos? I still use incandescent with condoms on my TAF.

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#44 2 years ago

Last of lower playfield mechs in place.

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#45 2 years ago

I love shiny pinball parts.

Looking great dmacy!

#46 2 years ago

Lockdown bar, tilt bob/hardware, and prop rod will get cleaned up to match the rest of the cabinet and playfield being as nice as they are.

Comet order came so lower playfield LED’s installed and most soldering completed.

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#47 2 years ago

New tubing, diodes and switches installed.

Warm white frosted 2SMD GI in lower tested. Red flex adds in to saucer; soldered to GI circuit.

Not shown is the staples installed where needed back in to GI. Three areas in total for the lower.

And lastly, lower playfield installed in cabinet.

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#48 2 years ago

Upper in process of tear down. Tons of parts crammed in here. Few initial pics of tear down. I’ll be rivetting for days! There’s a lot of plastics that have rivets but should look great with new plastics.

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#49 2 years ago

Upper mostly cleared.

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#50 2 years ago

Upper cleared.

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