When I picked up this Congo, I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to do with it. I hadn't actually had a lot of time on the game, but I really like Trudeau's games and my friend Tommy (Tsskinne) was a huge fan of it so when a decent deal on one popped up on CL I went for it.
The game was roughly 95% working, with a few switches here and there that were dead or broken, but other than that it actually played great. It was however FILTHY. This game was bought by an individual from an operator roughly 10 years ago and the owner said he had put roughly 100 games on it in 10 years. He said it was that dirty when he bought it from the operator......which I guess isn't surprising. If the game had ever been cleaned since new I would be surprised but you never know. All of the ramps were in good shape with the exception of the top of the Volcano ramp being broken a bit. This should be fixable though with some fiberglass and a paintjob. Some broken plastics in the usual places. The lower playfield window was broken on a few of the tabs, but it still holds in just fine and is actually pretty clear. The reason it was so clear is that it had a piece of mylar over it, which came off without leaving any glue residue....bonus! The gorilla mech had a busted weld like a lot of them do. That has been welded back and fixed so the gorilla works as it should. Here are a few shots of the game as I picked it up and got it going.
I spent roughly 3 weeks playing the game in its dirty state and really grew to enjoy it. It isn't a very deep game, but the shots are really satisfying and it has some great audio. Seems like a keeper for the time being anyways. The cabinet is in solid shape but has the usual fade, but isn't faded all of the way to white.
At this point it was my intent to just get it cleaned up and put it on location at a local boardgame store I have some of my games at. However, the more I began to think about it and also began to see how many repro parts were available for the game I thought it would be fun to do a full restoration on the game. It really is a pretty game and I had some ideas for some customizations that would look great as well. So, full restore it is. Here is a current to-do list on the game. I will be updating this thread as I make progress.
-Playfield- very little wear, mainly on the shooter lane. This will be fixed and the playfield will be clear coated.
-Ramps- In good shape, but I went ahead and bought the repro ones while they were still available.
-Plastics- A few broken ones here and there. New plastic set purchased, along with Swinks protector and sling protectors
-Cabinet- faded but solid. I actually acquired a structurally nice No Good Gofers cabinet from my brother that I will be restoring and converting to a Congo cabinet. My current Congo cabinet will be converted to another game I have in the waiting. The NGG is the nicer of the two cabs so I wanted to use it on this project as I am going for as high end of a restore as I can muster. Decals have been purchased and are currently lying flat under a piece of glass awaiting install.
-Armor- All armor and other metal pieces such as support rails, coin door, shooter, etc will be getting gloss black powdercoat.
-All coils underneath the playfield have been converted to Molex connections for easy swapping out and also easy reassembly once the playfield is clear coated and cured.
-Lighting will be converted over to LED's using the Comet Sunlight LED's to give it a bright but natural look.-
-Red LED DMD installed with red filter-
As you can see I have my work cut out for me, but I am a teacher so I hope to use a lot of my summer break to work on this. I am going to make this as nice as I can possibly make it and we will see how it turns out. I know this will make some of you cringe, but when it is done it will be going on location for all to enjoy Also I plan on bringing it to TPF 2016. Should be fun Here are a couple of pictures attached of the progress so far, but I will provide a link to my dropbox folder I will be putting all of the pictures in. Enjoy.