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Centaur! My first Pinball Restoration - Finally Done!! PIX Added.


By PACMAN

6 years ago



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#2 6 years ago

What i'm working with

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#3 6 years ago

The plan:

1. restore original cabinet, re-stencil
2. keep original back glass
3. powder coat legs, misc parts
4. polish or re-plate metal parts
5. playfield swap with new CPR playfield
6. clean the crap out of everything
7. install new rings, pop bumpers parts, targets, flipper buttons, posts, plastic set, new displays

#4 6 years ago

8. sell and ship to GUMBO

#5 6 years ago

Some "before" pix

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#6 6 years ago

Cabinet stripped.

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#7 6 years ago

Sanding, bondo, sanding, bondo…………..
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#8 6 years ago

Gotta fix this sucker.

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Cutting the bad piece off - will replace with a new piece.
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#9 6 years ago

Display board/door sanded and painted. Bracket polished.

New displays on the way.

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#10 6 years ago

Apron/skirt polished and waxed.

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Coin door cleaned and polished.

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#11 6 years ago

So many parts!!

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#12 6 years ago

That's one of the best "base" Centaurs I've ever seen, other than the cabinet dings, I'd say it was in very good shape. Keep the pics coming!
-mof

#13 6 years ago

Your original playfield looks to be in very good shape. Expect there would be some that would like to buy it. I too have a CPR playfield for mine, but my original is showing wood and the black to white contrast is bad... really it's the white that is now cream. Not sure if you were planning to but, new aluminum sheet in the back box is a nice touch to. Did it to my KISS...
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#14 6 years ago

Why would you touch this pin? It looks *extremely* nice as-is, definitely better than the vast majority. Was it original? That looks like it was either taken care of really well or someone else cleaned it up very nicely recently. Complete disassembly hardly seems necessary and will probably only introduce new problems.

Next time you decide to sand something down to the wood and swap everything out "just because", pick up a thrashed machine. This makes me sad.

#15 6 years ago

Yeah, it was a tough call. I wanted to keep the cabinet as is but there were dings and deep grooves all over the place. Which would have been fine if it just in the black area but it was through the art. I don't quite have the skills to replicate a partial/masked off stencil area that would have the same overspray look. And its tough to preserve the wood grain after bondo/sanding a section smooth. Plus i'd have to perfectly match the original paint which is another challenge because of age, sun fade, tint, etc. The new stencil paint job will be completely consistent throughout.

Quoted from mof:

That's one of the best "base" Centaurs I've ever seen, other than the cabinet dings, I'd say it was in very good shape. Keep the pics coming!
-mof

#16 6 years ago

It is very nice compared to a lot of originals yes, but the whites are cigarette smoky yellow instead of pure white like the CPR playfields. Of course if anyone wants the old playfield they are welcome to buy it. Thanks for the heads up on the aluminum sheet, i'll look into it.

Quoted from Freeplay40:

Your original playfield looks to be in very good shape. Expect there would be some that would like to buy it. I too have a CPR playfield for mine, but my original is showing wood and the black to white contrast is bad... really it's the white that is now cream. Not sure if you were planning to but, new aluminum sheet in the back box is a nice touch to. Did it to my KISS...

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#17 6 years ago

Putting the playfield back together.

Starting with this beautiful thing. (Pix off web)

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#18 6 years ago

Harness cleaned, parts cleaned. Still have some last minute parts coming in like coil wrappers, flipper bats, targets, etc.

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#19 6 years ago

Under side of playfield is a little further along.

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#20 6 years ago

Top end parts are polished and ready to go.

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#21 6 years ago

Cabinet is primed and has the first color down.

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#22 6 years ago

Wood grain looking good.

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#23 6 years ago

A little further along.

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#24 6 years ago

Looking good, going to be beautiful when you're done. It's your machine, and you're taking great care of it. And there's going to be a decent playfield available for someone if they want it.

If you chopped it up into a coffee table or some other bullshit that would suck. But restoring it? That's great. Centaur is a game that deserves to be seen shining with crisp black and white art. I'm gonna be jealous of it when you're done!

#25 6 years ago

Thanks Aurich, yeah the original playfield is in decent shape but it pales in comparison to the new ones. The mylar preserved most of the inserts which is a plus. Its interesting how under a lot of the red plastic posts it turned the playfield pink.

I got the stencils in today so next week the cabinet is going to look sweet

The old PF, (ignore the painters tape, was using them to keep notes)

Quoted from Aurich:

Looking good, going to be beautiful when you're done. It's your machine, and you're taking great care of it. And there's going to be a decent playfield available for someone if they want it.
If you chopped it up into a coffee table or some other bullshit that would suck. But restoring it? That's great. Centaur is a game that deserves to be seen shining with crisp black and white art. I'm gonna be jealous of it when you're done!

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#26 6 years ago

Need one of these - this baby snapped.

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#27 6 years ago

Personally, I wouldn't have considered a restoration with such a nice original cabinet and playfield, but I think I mind that stuff less than most.

I'm looking forward to seeing that CPR playfield installed. The new playfields do really pop; pictures don't do them justice.

#28 6 years ago

Back to the cabinet…

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#29 6 years ago

Hard to match silver. If that was gouged you're almost forced to repaint all of it. Touch ups could really stand out.

#30 6 years ago

Yep, that was a major factor in deciding to go this route. Now the shiny new playfield will have a shiny new cabinet to match. At least i hope so

Quoted from dothedoo:

Hard to match silver. If that was gouged you're almost forced to repaint all of it. Touch ups could really stand out.

#31 6 years ago

After seeing the work you're doing on Killer Shark I have no doubt this Centaur is in good hands.

#32 6 years ago

Looking good. Keep up the good work.

#33 6 years ago

they all have their unique challenges - that's for sure.

Quoted from Aurich:

After seeing the work you're doing on Killer Shark I have no doubt this Centaur is in good hands.

#34 6 years ago

Thanks Mike!

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Looking good. Keep up the good work.

#35 6 years ago

Main cabinet stencils applied, ready for silver. These stencils came from Twisted Pins and so far they have been great to work with.

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#36 6 years ago

A couple close-ups of the playfield swap in progress.

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#37 6 years ago

Soooooo, i order 40 1-1/8" concentric fin RED posts from Marco Specialties.

Only the "RED" is bright candy apple red and not the dark blood red like whats on the game now.

Guess i'm sticking with the original posts. Oh and 2 of mine are ORANGE for some reason, anybody got a couple dark red ones i can buy?

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#38 6 years ago

Back to the cabinet.

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#39 6 years ago

Steve Young at pinball resource. Has perfect posts and other Bally parts vs. the others. I have restored 100's of classic games and I only go with Steve because of his meticulous care for as per original parts.

#40 6 years ago

Send me your address, I have a bunch of original dark red Bally posts you can have.

#41 6 years ago

Got them! Thanks!!! And also for the free cards.

Quoted from Gnatty:

Send me your address, I have a bunch of original dark red Bally posts you can have.

#42 6 years ago

A little further along. Getting all the ground braid in and testing the lights as we go.

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#43 6 years ago
Quoted from PACMAN:

Got them! Thanks!!! And also for the free cards.

Glad I could help, this is what Pinside is all about! Great job on this restore!

-3
#44 6 years ago
Quoted from Law:

Why would you touch this pin? It looks *extremely* nice as-is, definitely better than the vast majority. Was it original? That looks like it was either taken care of really well or someone else cleaned it up very nicely recently. Complete disassembly hardly seems necessary and will probably only introduce new problems.
Next time you decide to sand something down to the wood and swap everything out "just because", pick up a thrashed machine. This makes me sad.

Meet PACMAN. He cares more about the attention than the machines he "restores". Get used to it. He will never leave well enough alone. He has left quite a wake of classic arcade game cabinets in his path when he built new cabs from scratch and then gutted the old cabinets, cabs that were in collector quality condition. If you are on the KLOV forums then this is old news to you.

#45 6 years ago
Quoted from ArcRevival:

Meet PACMAN. He cares more about the attention than the machines he "restores". Get used to it. He will never leave well enough alone. He has left quite a wake of classic arcade game cabinets in his path when he built new cabs from scratch and then gutted the old cabinets, cabs that were in collector quality condition. If you are on the KLOV forums then this is old news to you.

Fix it til it is broken..... or you get the attention you want.....

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#46 5 years ago

Finally got this stupid thing working. Last step is to print up new coil wrappers, then stick PF back in.

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#48 5 years ago

Outstanding!

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#49 5 years ago

Printed, left to dry for a week. Ready to cut and apply.

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#50 5 years ago

Having recently done a Flash Gordon CPR swap and complete restore, I really appreciate the hours you put into this project. Hope it plays well!

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