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City Slicker fell off a Truck! Massive cab damage repair


By Isochronic_Frost

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I just bought this tragic City Slicker from forceflow
Would’ve hated to see a game this rare parted out.

Plugged it in and connected the nightmare within and it INCREDIBLY, actually booted.
Now I’m not looking to go deep into this right now. I want the quick, dirty, Home Depot Handyman special on this since the cab is mostly a loss in my book.

I’m looking for any tips and suggestions on securing this cab from within, to be able to set it up and shop it out and play it, so I can work on building a new cab and still being able to play it.

I also need to figure out how to complete the head for the time being since the original is merely tattered remains.

Calling all those Low-end Pin Men!

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#2 2 years ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Plugged it in and connected the nightmare within and it INCREDIBLY, actually booted.

Nice!

Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

I’m looking for any tips and suggestions on securing this cab from within, to be able to set it up and shop it out and play it, so I can work on building a new cab and still being able to play it.

I think you could get away with just replacing the coin door panel and use what's left of the original to cut the plywood. The rest of the body cabinet seemed to be intact.

For the backbox, you would probably get away with replacing the sides and put it back together. Save the sides for scanning for the artwork. Maybe you can sent the cabinet body and backbox scans to pinballpimp to create stencils.

#3 2 years ago

Ah, glad to know where this one went. Glad it will be saved.

Quoted from ForceFlow:

Maybe you can sent the cabinet body and backbox scans to pinballpimp to create stencils.

There is a chap overseas who has the generic Bally side art. Sold me some for an upcoming Motordome restore.
PM me if you don't know who I'm speaking of. I don't think he participates on PS any longer but from my dealings seems a reliable source.

#4 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Nice!

I think you could get away with just replacing the coin door panel and use what's left of the original to cut the plywood. The rest of the body cabinet seemed to be intact.
For the backbox, you would probably get away with replacing the sides and put it back together. Save the sides for scanning for the artwork. Maybe you can sent the cabinet body and backbox scans to pinballpimp to create stencils.

I meant to send you a message letting you know it boots completely and it goes into test mode, but I can't get past the switch test, I keep pressing the button and it keeps restarting the switch test.

It'll be one hell of a fixer upper, my god. But that fact it boots is incredible!

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

I meant to send you a message letting you know it boots completely and it goes into test mode, but I can't get past the switch test, I keep pressing the button and it keeps restarting the switch test.
It'll be one hell of a fixer upper, my god. But that fact it boots is incredible!

Does this one have a keypad for diagnostics? If so, from what I've read, they sometimes go bad.

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Does this one have a keypad for diagnostics? If so, from what I've read, they sometimes go bad.

Yes 6803 games use a keypad

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from TecumsehPlissken:

Yes 6803 games use a keypad

I think all but Atlantis and Truck Stop, they did not.
My Motordome has a new one, got lucky.

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from TecumsehPlissken:

Yes 6803 games use a keypad

I wasn't sure if the entire 6803 series used it, or just a portion of it.

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

I wasn't sure if the entire 6803 series used it, or just a portion of it.

Ok... sounds like it was most of them but not all

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Does this one have a keypad for diagnostics? If so, from what I've read, they sometimes go bad.

I read the manual, I didn’t realize that if a switch is stuck in parallel with the remote, it won’t move past the stuck switch.

#11 2 years ago

My friends Party Animal keypad was toast when he got it. We replaced it with one of these if you need it, works great
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1030-pinitech/01663-bally-6803-replacement-keypad

1 month later
#12 2 years ago

Front panel and head removed and are being fabricated currently!
Both are unfortunately a total loss.

All I need now is a lockdown bar!

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#13 2 years ago

Just picked up the new front panel and head! Pics coming soon. Hoping to install them tonight or tomorrow! Any recommendations, glue and then drill and clamp, or some better way to install new panels to the existing cab?

#14 2 years ago

I’m very happy with how it all came out! Finally I can get this game together and play it!

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#15 2 years ago

I forgot to take “before” pictures, but I primed and painted both parts tonight! They came out great! I skipped the sanding, tomorrow I’ll see how they came out and I may sand them, not sure what to use for it though.

Then either tomorrow or the next day, I’m gonna glue and clamp them! Very excited for this!!

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#16 2 years ago

Here she is, coming along beautifully! Reassembling/repopulating the back box and putting the legs back on tomorrow.

Enjoy my shopping-cart pin-dolly. It’s actually exceedingly mobile and smooth!

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#17 2 years ago

Check as soon as you can that the playfield still fits. If any adjustments are needed, you have time to do before paint

#18 2 years ago

Nice job fixing this cabinet. I use to have a motordome from the same time period. Bally really went cheap on those cabinets. That particle board construction was the worst in history.

#19 2 years ago

you can take the basket off your 'dolly' and bolt on a small sheet of 3/4 inch ply so it sits lower. Makes it easer to work on and easier to get on and off said 'dolly'

#20 2 years ago

Just got home at 1am and work is at 6
Who needs sleep when you have Pinball?

Got the ol’ girl on her legs for the first time in who knows how long! Playfield fits perfectly, what a relief.
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The lockdown brackets were bent, which was expected since it took such a massive hit. Took them off and bent them back, they sat perfectly with just some crude shaping.
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The legs were tough to get on, the back ones didn’t want to thread. Took some persuading!

Playfield is filthy as you can see, it took all my energy not to strip it immediately! I’ve been wanting to tear it apart so badly, but I’ve forced myself to reassemble and test it. I know in the long run it will save my hours of headaches. Plus I can find any potential issues that may be lurking in it... Clearly this game was played a lot!

Just based on what I saw when I first received it, along with the odd things I found when I disassembled and inspected it. I’m assuming the kickouthole to the hostile flipper is bad. Probably the coil. And it appears that uptown must have been broken since there were no balls in it. It’s got some broken stand ups and the upper flipper is seized.
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I didn’t get a chance to even fire up the self test, because upon mounting the head, I realized my woodworker either forgot, or disregarded the holes for the displays! Granted, when I received it the hardware was already stripped off the head, so I actually didn’t realize this game sat on hinges so the head could fold down! I’m relieved since I had been wondering why it had seemed to be made for hinges. The brackets for the head were in the coin box along with all the hardware! So I removed the head and I will drill those necessary holes tomorrow or Friday! Then I can finally hook this chica up!
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So excited to see if it still works and what the tests have to report!

Sidenote, the last picture here shows that one of the inserts popped out when the game exploded on the ground. Any suggests to get that sucker back in?
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#21 2 years ago

I can't stand the spaghetti monstrosity of connectors that is the 6803...

#22 2 years ago

If it was me with the insert... i would wick some super glue in around the edges of the insert and then put a flat weight on top to hold it in place until it dried...

#24 2 years ago

That insert has been popped up for a long time look how clean the playfeild is around it.

1 month later
#25 1 year ago

What’s up with the underside of this game being so clean?
The topside is an utter mess, but the underside seems to be perfectly untouched? All coils are original and I can’t find any repairs or cuts or ANYTHING.

Any clue why this game is so clean, is that common? I’ve never had a game that wasn’t blackened underneath it.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions but could this possibly have been an HUO game that simply wasn’t properly maintained? All the rubber was brittle and rotten, and the balls were rusty. Impossible to tell if that was due to storage or usage, but I’m curious if maybe it was HUO and they never changed the balls or rubbers out and thus the dirty, sand-paper effect on playfield.

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#26 8 months ago

Wow I can’t believe it’s been a year since any work happened with this.

Just finished cleaning the playfield, it came out great!

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#27 8 months ago

Interesting, keep us updated on the progress please.

1 month later
#28 6 months ago

I tried Flame-Polishing the ramps and it MOSTLY came out great... however one side of the "Up Town" playfield got too hot and curled inwards. Best way to fix this? I was using a heat gun, so it didn't boil or anything, just got a little too hot and I didn't notice till I set it down and it flopped over.

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After searching the forums, there didn't seem to be any great topics with flame polishing tips and ways to fix mistakes. Maybe I should start one? I know I'm not the only one who's ran into these kinds of issues.

Only other debate is if I should wax and Mylar areas of the playfield before I repopulate it since I'm not going to do any touch-ups at this time.

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