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BSD restoration - a real project


By Pinballer73

9 months ago



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#201 8 months ago

I have well over a hundred photos showing all sections under the playfield, if anyone needs to see anything in particular I should have a photo to help you.

#202 8 months ago

Wiring harness all clean and ready for inspection, and where necessary plugs, switches, lamp holders and targets replaced.
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#203 8 months ago

Lots of little bits and pieces done today, but nothing really worth adding to the thread other than to show the shooter lane clean-up. This is the before photo, with the ground in grime after a thorough clean of the playfield some weeks back.
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#204 8 months ago

Sanded back to remove the stain, looks much better. This had the effect of making the grove slightly deeper and longer. I could have removed more material, however sometimes the enemy of a better result is actually worse, so I decided to stop there. As it stands, I may have to adjust the auto ball plunger mech during the rebuild to align it with the centre of the ball. 20190806_111200 (resized).jpg

#205 8 months ago

First and second coats of clear.

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#207 8 months ago

A light sand and a third coat. The first two just sealed the surface as most of it gets absorbed by the timber. Still needs a very light sand then polish to finish the surface for use.

It's not to the standard of a HEP restore, but I'm happy with the result.

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#208 8 months ago

This is the product I used, available in most hardware stores here in Australia.

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#209 8 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Amazing thread! Keep it up!!

Thanks! There's been times when I've questioned my sanity! Small wins like this make it worthwhile.

#210 8 months ago

Playfield slide hinges and locking bar mechanism cleaned, ready to reinstall when the time comes.

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#211 8 months ago

Whilst it doesn't justify the expense to replace it and it functions perfectly. Can someone explain how it's possible to break this assembly?? Surely excessive force was used?
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#212 8 months ago

Great thread mate. Strange but it makes me want to start cleaning pinball parts.

#213 8 months ago
Quoted from Drac:

Great thread mate. Strange but it makes me want to start cleaning pinball parts.

Thanks. Yes, it's strange but satisfying slowly bringing a game back to life. I think I enjoy it as much as playing the games in a different way.

#214 8 months ago
Quoted from Drac:

Great thread mate. Strange but it makes me want to start cleaning pinball parts.

Come to my house and i will give you a towel.

2 weeks later
#215 7 months ago

My paid job has been slowing down progress lately. Finished the last of the work on the bare playfield today. With the t-nuts removed, I took the opportunity to freshen up the rear of the playfield by giving it a light sand to remove the vast majority of the grime stains. Didn't go too hard, just two laps with the random orbital sander, 120 grit, then 240.
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#216 7 months ago
Quoted from Pinballer73:

My paid job has been slowing down progress lately. Finished the last of the work on the bare playfield today. With the t-nuts removed, I took the opportunity to freshen up the rear of the playfield by giving it a light sand to room the vast majority of the grime stains. Didn't go too hard, just two laps with the random orbital sander, 120 grit, then 240.[quoted image]

I'm glad to see you are making progress. I was getting worried.

#217 7 months ago

Then cleaned the rear of each insert. Should look good when lit.

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#218 7 months ago

T-nuts installed, most were cleaned up and reused, some were in bad shape, with 8 being replaced.

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#219 7 months ago

Ready to go back onto the rotisserie.

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#220 7 months ago

After two coats of carnauba wax applied and buffed. Hope to start the process of putting it all back together tomorrow morning.
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#221 7 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I'm glad to see you are making progress. I was getting worried.

Yeah me too!

#222 7 months ago

Started the rebuild this afternoon. Not a lot done, but enough to see some progress. It's pleasing to start reassembling after all this time.

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#223 7 months ago

looking great

3 weeks later
#224 6 months ago

Recently I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked. Work and other distractions have kept me from the project. Today I had some time to myself, so I switched the radio on and got some work done. Enjoyed every minute of it.

#225 6 months ago

Cable harness supports and other under playfield hardware mounted.

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#226 6 months ago

Harness loaded into the cable support brackets. The yellow cable ties helped locate the harness along with the wire memory.

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#227 6 months ago

All the wire rollover microswitches are now mounted and lamp boards plugged in. Will replace some selected lamp holders next before mounting the many game mechs and soldering the wires to each coil as well as replacing all the standup targets. Slowly coming together and I hope to get a few consecutive days work done in the very near future.

#228 6 months ago

Looking great, love a good Williams restore

#229 6 months ago

Coming together nicely!!

#230 6 months ago

Thank you. Back to it today and spent most of it replacing lamp sockets.
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#231 6 months ago

And then replaced the incorrect standup targets that had copped a fair floggin...

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#232 6 months ago

Nice new ones installed ready for action, along with new pop bumper hardware.
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#233 6 months ago

Doesn't look like much has progressed when comparing these playfield photos to others above. Although, a lot has now been screwed into place, from the new lamp holders, playfield rollover microswitches, pop bumper hardware, standup targets and other miscellaneous parts. All very time consuming but not very evident when comparing photos.
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**Please note that the metal ball guide to the left of the mystery hole is incorrectly installed 180 degrees. Refer to post #260 for the correct orientation of this part.

#234 6 months ago

Next job is to replace the slingshot switches, as the switch blades on the existing ones are all bent and twisted. After that, the rusty offset lamp holders need replacing as shown below.

Once this is done I can start repopulating the underside of playfield with all the mechs. Progress should then be a bit quicker and more satisfying.20190924_162313 (resized).jpg

#235 6 months ago

looking good

#236 6 months ago

its getting there! keep up the good work

#237 6 months ago

Thank you. Managed to get some more time into the rebuild today. All the metal lamp sockets are now replaced and most of the rebuilt mechs are now installed. Hope to get some more done tomorrow morning.
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1 week later
#238 6 months ago

This mech had been somewhat stripped for parts, with the entire opto assemblies including their wiring harness and mounting screws removed. It's now assembled with some new parts and ready to go onto the playfield.

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#239 6 months ago

Lots done under the playfield, with the pop bumper lamp sockets installed and just about all the mechs in place and LEDs loaded into the twist sockets.
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#240 6 months ago

Plenty of solder work to come with all the coils, a few switches and the pop bumper lamp sockets to be connected to the wiring harness. Then a tidy up of the wiring loom.

#241 6 months ago
Quoted from Pinballer73:

Lots done under the playfield, with the pop bumper lamp sockets installed and just about all the mechs in place and globes loaded into the twist sockets.
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Looking pretty clean!!

#242 6 months ago

Once all that work is done, I'll continue on with the topside rebuild.
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#243 6 months ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Looking pretty clean!!

Yes, it's incredible how filthy these games get over the years.

#244 6 months ago

As I mentioned at the start of this thread, I bought the game as a project with a number of parts missing. Using the manual and the Pinball Life Williams/Bally parts index, I've been able to identify what was missing and search for what I needed.

An example of this was the Mist magnet assembly. This was all that came with the game, laying in the bottom of the cabinet.

The gearbox, motor, support brackets and microswitches were all missing.

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#245 6 months ago

I was lucky enough to find these parts from a parted out game. Just missing one microswitch actuator.
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#246 6 months ago

All stripped down, cleaned and ready to reassmble. In this photo I've already reassembled the drive shaft.

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#247 6 months ago

Back together and ready to attend to the wiring hacks, install new cinnector pins and molex connectors.

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#248 6 months ago

Forgot to take more photos until I had it installed on the playfield with new wiring to the motor.

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#249 6 months ago

The next job was to strip each wire, tin and solder to each and every coil, a number of switches and solder lugs throughout the playfield. Only a few left to go, In particular the pop bumper spoon switches. The underplayfield rebuild is almost complete.

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#250 6 months ago

Last job for the day was to align the shooter lane lift ramp and install the auto plunger coil mech. Still have to replace that lift ramp flap and install the outhole kicker mech.
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