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CFTBL Restoration – Snack Bar is Open

By Soulrider911

4 years ago


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#51 4 years ago

Ball guides in! Waiting on parts from Germany so kinda slow going

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#52 4 years ago

All the ball guides are in! Almost all the posts in. Was debating on colors, went with all yellow for the top rollovers and light blue for rest of the playfield

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#53 4 years ago

Finally got some garage time to tackle the ramps. This has been something I was putting off as new ramps can kinda be a pain sometimes. However, These fit quite nice and I only needed to bust out the heat gun in a few spots. I have been very happy with the quality from Starship Fantasy ramps. Larry is great.

New decals!
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new ramp left old ramp right. To be honest, the old ramps are in killer shape and really did not need to be replaced, but I kinda tend to go overboard
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It looks pretty amazing I must say
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#54 4 years ago

I like that you still put the condoms on the LED's in the signs. Looks a ton better.

Beautiful game so far.

#56 4 years ago

Where did you find teal pop bumpers?

#57 4 years ago

Man I love this game... and it looks like a blast to restore! I'm thoroughly enjoying your project ... maybe one day I'll find one that I can sink my teeth into.
Great work!

#58 4 years ago

Creech is the game that made me love pinball. I remember looking at that tangled mess of ramps and wondering how the ball could even reach some of them. It definitely has a certain charm to it.

1 month later
#59 4 years ago

Got one of the final touches on the playfield. swinks Taillight mod!

I ended up using some SMD's for the lights, had to do some minor trimming, but it all fits great and nice and bright

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6 months later
#60 3 years ago

Well, its been over 200 days - according the Pinside warning haha - since I have posted on this trthead because it took that long to get my new cabinet. Well it finally arrived, and I have been making some great progress I am excited to charge with you all.

I am starting with the backbox.
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First needed to make a template using the original backbox to drill holes for the light panel.
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looking good!
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Installed brand new ground braid, and had to include the original QC sticker
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New Decals in all the original locations
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Next onto the decals
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All trimmed and they look amazing!
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Used a razor at a 45º degree angle and very carefully ran it down the sides.
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Time to put the boards in. Thanks to the amazing work of ChrisHibler these boards are better than new! MPU has NVram installed also.
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Boards in, New Fuse decal installed
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And We are done with the BB... For now
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Next up Cabinet time, and Creech is staring me down!
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#61 3 years ago

Nice to see you getting started again. That cabinet sure took a long time, I hope its better than the (first) one they sent you for WH20. I love this pin.

#62 3 years ago

Thanks no-extra-balls Lets just say I still had to do some work to this cabinet but overall its really nice

#63 3 years ago

Made some progress on the cabinet.

First, needed to drill holes for the playfield and backbox hinges. Used the old cab as a template.
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Next installing some new ground braid.
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Going under all the leg brackets to get good ground
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Sub is mounted and grounded.
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Vent grill looks like new
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And ya... this was not supposed to be installed as I had an acrylic backboard made so I can light it from behind... so I had to carefully knock it out.
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On to the fun part, some decals started with the coin door first and used the start hole with a flashlight as an alignment aid.
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Time for the sides. I use weights to hold the decals in place then slowly work from one end to the other.
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Next trimming the decals for the leg protectors. This part is important as the leg protectors alone can still wrinkle the decals.
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Gloss Black can be a pain as it shows every little imperfection but came out really nice. I also used a black ink marker on the seams to make them basically invisible.
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Started to wire up the power box and add wiring for the external power supply.
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3D printed a base bracket for the power supply
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So I knew this was going to be a tough one to solve. The backboard decals are unobtanium. I was able to find one about a year ago, but its not gloss and the color saturation is pretty bad. THe dead give away is the green.

So I found a high res scan and doing some test prints with my large format photo printer. Getting pretty close to the original! Just a few more tests and I think The colors will be darn close.
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#64 3 years ago
Quoted from Soulrider911:

So I found a high res scan and doing some test prints with my large format photo printer. Getting pretty close to the original! Just a few more tests and I think The colors will be darn close.

How will that be lit from behind? Wont that block the light?

#65 3 years ago

fiberdude120 I will post some pics of what I have going on to make it backlit. First I have an acrylic backboard, then I am routing out slots to mount led strips and bulbs. THe graphic is mounted to the front of the acrylic and boom... it lights up really nice!

#66 3 years ago

3D modeled and printed a mount for my awesome PinWoofer sub amp. This thing is going to sound great

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#67 3 years ago

Did you go w 6" sub vs. 8" from Pinwoofer? Maybe he has 6" on CFTBL, I don't know.

#68 3 years ago

Hey Kerry_Richard ! Yes went 6" to ensure no clearance issues. But I think you could fit an 8" but would need a different adapter ring. I have to say... the 6" is pretty impressive I have one in my Indy

#69 3 years ago

I've bought 3 Pinwoofer kits (Whirlwind / Wh20 or IJ / Champion Pub). I haven't installed any yet

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#70 3 years ago

Got the power box in today.

Mounting the power box spacer, glue and some small brads.
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Power Box is in!
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Still trying to figure out exactly where to mount the MW Power Supply
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Fresh Black Poweder coat on the Apron, and some brand new (near impossible to source) Apron decals!
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Sanding the shooter gauge housing to paint and put a new decal on
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Like new!
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#71 3 years ago

looking very nice, well done

#72 3 years ago

Originally I had toyed with the idea of trying to get a black powder coat with very subtle green flake you would only see if the light hit it right.

Unfortunately it came out a little too leprechaun for my liking so the trim Is being stripped we are going gloss black. I think it’s gonna look really nice with the chrome accents

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#73 3 years ago

Well, today was backboard day. I have a custom cut acrylic backboard I had made based on the original.
I started with a lightbox and a printout of the decal to use so looking from the back I could identify where to cut for lights
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Then I made a huge mess routing out the back
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Ready for some LED strips
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LED strips are in, its not pretty on the back but it will work
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Lighting test is looking pretty good going to add a few more lights ( had to order more LOL - I have a box of bulbs and didn't have what I need )
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Finally masked out the front and did another coat of black as I was getting some light bleed.
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#74 3 years ago

nice work, look forward to seeing it lit up

#75 3 years ago

Man that looks really great!!! I love a crisp new cabinet with glossy decals !!!

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#76 3 years ago

Got some more progress on the creech.

Finally done with the backboard, added an LED controller to fade the creech head, the green leaves and little lizard guy.
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Changed out the coin slots to clear and have green LED's lighting them
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Couple new connectors for the start button.
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Getting the coin box in, some lovely chrome by sc93cobra
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Added Felt tape to protect the glass
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Test fitting the glass and getting the lockdown reciever centered
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Found a good location for the power supply behind the mirror
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New plumb bob
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Started wrapping the harness in split braid loom
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Legs are on so glad I went black.
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#77 3 years ago

More harness work, time to clean this up
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Finally mounted the power supply, it fit nicely behind the mirror with a good 3/4” clearance.
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Looking much better!
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Power supply test success! Leds work
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#78 3 years ago

Damn Brady, this game looks like a work of art...good job buddy.

#79 3 years ago

Better than new!!! Love it! I like the blacked out legs on this one! One of the best looking pinball machines ever made IMHO.

#80 3 years ago

Hey Scott! cosmokramer So nice to hear from you been too long. Hope you are well my friend.

#81 3 years ago

Looking great, thanks for sharing your work and your progress. This game is really going to stand out and has some great touches. I am lucky to have a nice playfield but I'm still jealous of your cleared hot pink version

#82 3 years ago

Did a little digital restoration on the Matrix sheet
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#83 3 years ago
Quoted from Soulrider911:

Did a little digital restoration on the Matrix sheet
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That’s awesome. How did you do it? What did you print it on?

#84 3 years ago

Thanks Johncare07 I scanned in the old use and used photoshop to clean it up. I then reprinted on photo paper I will add a pic once I get it mounted in the cabinet

#85 3 years ago

The big moment moving the playfield in.

But first felt tape on the edges to prevent scratching
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Felt applied to both sides of the playfield
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And ready... GO
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It fits! ALso will notice before the playfield was in the rails were not on yet whereas here they are. I do this to prevent possible scratching for the initial move.
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Peek at the remade matrix sheet. I mounted in the bottom, factory is on the left wall under some of the wire harnesses, but if you truly needed to reference it,,, kinda hard in the old spot. You can also see my PinWoofer AMP nicely inside my 3D printed mount to the left.
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Creech is pumped.
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#86 3 years ago

Excellent care and craftsmanship!

#88 3 years ago

Great care for small (but important) details! Keep it up man!

1 week later
#89 3 years ago

Still working on some finishing touches then time to wire it all up!
The CPR mirrored backglass is pretty stunning. I did have to trim the trim - haha - quite a bit but now fits great!
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3D printed a mounting block for the mod power relay
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And really excited to get my diy poster mod in the game. Thanks so much to swinks for writing up such great instructions!
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#90 3 years ago

nice work, look forward to seeing the playfield complete

1 year later
#91 2 years ago

Finally got the time to add a video of the finished product

#92 2 years ago

turned out beautiful, well done

#93 2 years ago
Quoted from Soulrider911:

Finally got the time to add a video of the finished product

Super nice ! Like the felt idea. Never thought of that !

#94 2 years ago

Nice vid. Do you recall cost of the new cab and shipping?

I need a new cab for my Whirlwind project. I am guessing shipping makes it pretty brutal.

#95 2 years ago

Thanks everyone! Elicash off the top of my head I believe with decals a standard cab is roughly 1099 then add about 250 for shipping… I think but don’t quote me

1 year later
#96 5 months ago

WOW! Now there's a beautiful game that is better than new, truly! That illuminated back board is so nice to look at (amazing job!). That felt trick for the sides of the playfield was new to me. Those mods are so tastefully done that it puts stock to shame. What a treat to have a build like this shared. The video was great (where's the gameplay? ha). What an inspiration!

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