Comet Restoration Ongoing

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Comet Restoration Ongoing


By BigB

10 months ago



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#1 10 months ago

I am in the process of restoring two Comet Pinball Machines. One will get total restoration. No holds barred, top to bottom, spare no expenses kind of project. It will go into my personal collection. Comet is my Holy Grail pin and when it's finished, it's getting bolted to the floor in my gameroom right next to my AC/DC! Never getting rid of either of those two. Anyway, the second machine will be a high quality players pin. Please let me know if anyone is interested in this restoration project. I don't want to go to the hassle of taking extra pictures and posting my progress if no one cares. You can either reply to this post or give it a thumbs up. Here are some pictures of my progress so far. Thanks for looking.

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#2 10 months ago

That was the pin that got me hooked back in the 80's! I also have one that I will never part with. It's not a '10', but I did find an NOS backglass, NOS motorcycle jump and ramp. New displays. It sits right next to Cyclone!

#3 10 months ago

I still need two corkscrew ramps and two cycle jump ramps for these projects. I hear there is a guy who might be able to reproduce the corkscrew ramp sometime soon, but until then I'm still in the hunt. I already have a NOS center ramp and NOS decal for it. I had the playfield restored and cleared. Looks awesome! Has a beautiful shine to it. There is a company that is making a hardtop overlay that I'm going to use for the second unit. It should cost about 1/4 of what it cost to repaint and clear my first playfield. Plus, I should be able to install it without removing everything from the bottom side of the playfield.... I hope anyway.

#4 10 months ago

I want to see pics I'll be starting my restore soon also I am going with the Hardtop also

#5 10 months ago

I got most everything disassembled out of the head. What a PIA that was. I should be able to sand it down tomorrow. I'll take some pictures tomorrow and post them later tomorrow night.

#6 10 months ago
Quoted from BigB:

Comet is my Holy Grail pin and when it's finished, it's getting bolted to the floor in my gameroom

Nice to see this kind of love for this classic. My buddy bought one for his only pin years ago that I helped him fix up, and that one has traveled the country with him. I bought one for our company break room, and then shortly after bought one for my collection.

Keep up the good work!

#7 10 months ago

I got the rest of the cabinet and the head sanded down. I can't believe how much time it takes to sand off a little paint on a cabinet. Here are some more pictures.

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#8 10 months ago

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

#9 10 months ago

Going to start some bodywork on the cabinet and head next. Need to save up some money to get a stencil for it. Will post more pictures later.

#10 10 months ago

Thanks for doing this! Comet is my one of my favorites and isn't leaving my collection. I'll be following your progress.

#11 10 months ago

Need fabric for the speaker panel? I had to buy a large piece and have left overs.

#12 10 months ago
Quoted from gutz:

Need fabric for the speaker panel? I had to buy a large piece and have left overs.

Yes, I do. I pulled off the piece from the panel and I figured I would just take it to my local fabric store and buy enough to recover it. I need enough to do two speaker panels.

#13 10 months ago
Quoted from BigB:

Yes, I do. I pulled off the piece from the panel and I figured I would just take it to my local fabric store and buy enough to recover it. I need enough to do two speaker panels.

If you can't find what you need locally, let me know.

#14 10 months ago
Quoted from gutz:

If you can't find what you need locally, let me know.

I appreciate your offer. I will let you know if I can't find what I need. Thanks.

#15 10 months ago

Did a little bodywork on the cabinet today.

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#16 9 months ago

Don't worry. I sanded everything down smooth. I also picked up a bottle of wood glue to use on the head. Might work on that this weekend.

7 months later
#17 58 days ago

Just an update FYI. I have bought two orange-dyed corkscrew ramps and am waiting for two cycle jump ramps that are being formed with a super tough material called Kydex. I am ready to paint the cabinet and head. I have the stencil kit and Sherwin Williams color matched my paints. Slowly but surely things are progressing, and don't call me Shirly! Keep in touch.

#18 52 days ago

I sent Reese Rails my Comet Rails a couple months ago so he can now reproduce them. I got my set in just black and they look great way better than the wood vinyl wrapped stuff it has. Just want to let you know here are a few pics of them installed

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1 week later
#19 45 days ago

I got my two cycle jump ramps in the mail today. One black Kydex formed ramp and one formed with clear red plastic. They look really nice just sitting in the box. I also decided to just paint the cabinet myself so I bought a Wagner Power Painter off of Facebook. Now I just need a stretch of 4 or 5 dry days with light winds so that I can get er done. Know what I mean? Stay tuned.

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