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Cross Town Project (Finished)

By Silverstreak02

4 years ago


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#101 3 years ago

I took a chance on the weather and sprayed on a coat to lock in the orange area and key lines. It was 84 with 70% humidity. I think I got away with it.

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#102 3 years ago

Looking fantastic!

#103 3 years ago

Great job. Just discovered this thread.

#104 3 years ago

Looking good !

#105 3 years ago

Thanks for the kind words. It’s been a long project.

#106 3 years ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

This is the first coat of Dover White.

Looking good. I have two Cross Towns that I am in the process of taking the best of both to make one really nice one. Current state is completely apart and occupying the dining room. When I got to the picture of your cabinet outside in the driveway in particular, I had to laugh a little as I also have a 2003 Miata Shinsen Edition. Is the Miata also yours? Pictures are my Cross Town playfield before restoration (still in progress) and my Miata. I applaud you doing all the paint yourself. For mine, I decided to have a couple buddies who specialize in cabinet and playfield restoration do my painting as I know my limits and I wanted this to be done well. I will be doing all the electro-mechanical rebuilds and the final assembly. I will enjoy following the progress of your project. Thanks for sharing it.

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#107 3 years ago

And a note to say that I worked with Jeff Miller to get stencils developed for Crosstown when you are ready to paint the cab.

#108 3 years ago

Cigamkcalb your playfield has a much better starting point than mine. I’m sure it will look and play great when you’re done. I see you do autocross with the Miata. That was my plan when I bought it in 2002, but I never did. I stopped beating on it in favor of the project below. It took four years to build.
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#109 3 years ago
Quoted from pinhead52:

And a note to say that I worked with Jeff Miller to get stencils developed for Crosstown when you are ready to paint the cab.

I wish I knew that before I made my own. It would have been easier and he lives across town. Mine came out OK, but I bet his are better.

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#110 3 years ago

I received some parts from PBR. He is amazing. He had everything I needed and shipped the same day.

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#111 3 years ago

I sprayed green on the wall that says subway. I also started putting the cabinet back together.

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#112 3 years ago

Cabinet pictures

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#113 3 years ago

Looking very nice! Can't wait to see it all complete. Did you get the black keylines on the playfield to your satisfaction?

#114 3 years ago
Quoted from Pinballer73:

Looking very nice! Can't wait to see it all complete. Did you get the black keylines on the playfield to your satisfaction?

Thanks for the kind words. It seems like it will never get finished, but I keep moving (crawling) forward. The key lines are almost done. Using the pen has been a challenge.

#115 3 years ago

I made stencils to paint the blue rectangles on the white background. I cut them with an exacto knife.

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#116 3 years ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

I made stencils to paint the blue rectangles on the white background. I cut them with an exacto knife.
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You are a patient fellow. I just happened across this project (as I may have a project Cross Town on my hands soon). Nice work so far. Keep it up!

A new follower,
Ryan

#117 3 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

You are a patient fellow. I just happened across this project (as I may have a project Cross Town on my hands soon). Nice work so far. Keep it up!
A new follower,
Ryan

For sure! I would have just sought out a parts game with a better playfield.
Lotsa work. You're doing great!

#118 3 years ago
Quoted from cigamkcalb:

Looking good. I have two Cross Towns that I am in the process of taking the best of both to make one really nice one. Current state is completely apart and occupying the dining room. When I got to the picture of your cabinet outside in the driveway in particular, I had to laugh a little as I also have a 2003 Miata Shinsen Edition. Is the Miata also yours? Pictures are my Cross Town playfield before restoration (still in progress) and my Miata. I applaud you doing all the paint yourself. For mine, I decided to have a couple buddies who specialize in cabinet and playfield restoration do my painting as I know my limits and I wanted this to be done well. I will be doing all the electro-mechanical rebuilds and the final assembly. I will enjoy following the progress of your project. Thanks for sharing it.[quoted image][quoted image]

Your playfield looks pretty good actually.

#119 3 years ago

I painted the blue for the buildings today. My stencil didn’t peel very clean and took some of the paint with it. From a distance it looks OK, but I need to fix it somehow and draw in the thin lines.

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#120 3 years ago

I went to Staples and they agreed to print my water slide decals. I got three sets.

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#121 3 years ago

Ooh nice, it's coming along now.

#122 3 years ago

Looking awesome.

#123 3 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

You are a patient fellow. I just happened across this project (as I may have a project Cross Town on my hands soon). Nice work so far. Keep it up!
A new follower,
Ryan

Ryan, you can't have mine...

#124 3 years ago

I sprayed a coat of clear to lock down the blue and green.

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#125 3 years ago

I applied the decals.

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#126 3 years ago
Quoted from Insane:

Ryan, you can't have mine...

I MAY have found one that is not yours.

Quoted from Silverstreak02:

I applied the decals.[quoted image]

Neat! Looking good! Any chance of some close-ups of those decals?

#127 3 years ago

Here are a few.

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#128 3 years ago

Many thanks for uploading those!

#129 3 years ago

Sometimes a step forward brings a step back. That happened today when I was spraying a layer of clear to lock down the decals. I followed my normal procedure and didn’t notice the yellow 10 decal had come loose when I blew off the play field. I sprayed two mist coats followed by a light coat before noticing the misplaced decal. In a panic I decided to scrap it off. When that didn’t work I grabbed some sand paper and made it worse. I’ll regroup later and try to fix it. The square area surrounded by black smudge is the problem.

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#130 3 years ago

looking good there Silverstreak02.

#131 3 years ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

Sometimes a step forward brings a step back. That happened today when I was spraying a layer of clear to lock down the decals. I followed my normal procedure and didn’t notice the yellow 10 decal had come loose when I blew off the play field. I sprayed two mist coats followed by a light coat before noticing the misplaced decal. In a panic I decided to scrap it off. When that didn’t work I grabbed some sand paper and made it worse. I’ll regroup later and try to fix it. The square area surrounded by black smudge is the problem.
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Man, what a bummer. Sorry to hear this. Fixable, I'm sure, but certainly not what you want to deal with. Good call stepping away for a bit. You've got this!!!

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#132 3 years ago

I replaced the number 10 decal and put on another coat of clear. I’m happy with the results and may consider it done although my gut says one more coat.

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#133 3 years ago

Nice. How did you end up fixing that section of blue at the bottom?

#134 3 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Nice. How did you end up fixing that section of blue at the bottom?

I sanded the area after the clear was dry for a couple days.

#135 3 years ago

While it is far from perfect I’ve decided to call it good enough. Here is a before and after picture.

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#136 3 years ago

Fantastic work. Truly a labor of love. Be very proud of your efforts.

#137 3 years ago

Spectacular improvement. Very nice job. It was a pleasure to follow the process.

#138 3 years ago

Thanks for the kind words. I’ve learned a lot so far and know I can do better next time. For a newbie I’m happy with it.

#139 3 years ago

It's nice looking now. I hope the next part goes easier for you. Just think when this is all set and playable you either will swear off this kinda of project ever again or find yourself eyeing up the next one. Now having gained the experience and knowledge doing this one.
I keeping thinking i need to stop buying games that need work but watching this thread just makes think if you can do why can't I.

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#140 2 years ago

My focus lately has been cleaning contacts and working on the mechanisms. The back box is reinstalled and the bottom board has been replaced and reinstalled. I cleaned as much as I could although I gave up on the polishing. I also installed an on/off switch. I’ve reached the point where I want to be finished. Here are a few pictures.

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#141 2 years ago

What did you do for the on/off switch. I would really like to add one to mine, so I don't have to hit the underside evertime to turn it off.

#142 2 years ago
Quoted from Insane:

What did you do for the on/off switch. I would really like to add one to mine, so I don't have to hit the underside evertime to turn it off.

I glued a piece of wood to the bottom of the cabinet, added a metal plate and a DPST switch. I then ran a new power cord to one side of the switch and then extra (blue wires) to the transformer and fuse.
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#143 2 years ago

This is how it looks from the bottom of the cabinet.

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#144 2 years ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

I glued a piece of wood to the bottom of the cabinet, added a metal plate and a DPST switch. I then ran a new power cord to one side of the switch and then extra (blue wires) to the transformer and fuse.
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looks great, thanks for the info.

#145 2 years ago

I went back to the playfield and did the sanding and buffing thing. I started with 600 grit to get things level and then went to 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000 and then 2500. I then took out my new buffer and had at it with Maguires medium cut followed by swirl remover and a couple coats of wax. It still has some swirl marks and isn't a perfect mirror, but is very smooth. I think has the right shine for an EM. I can’t wait to start putting it together.

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#146 2 years ago

I started putting stuff on the playfield. I placed an order with PBR for bumper caps. They looked fine before, but the new paint made them look bad.

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#147 2 years ago

I received the new pop bumper covers from PBR today. They look soo much better. I also attached the rails and finished a few things on the bottom side.

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#148 2 years ago

You need a set of nice new playfield plastics from Pinball Rescue to do your playfield justice.

#149 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinballer73:

You need a set of nice new playfield plastics from Pinball Rescue to do your playfield justice.

You’re right. I just sent them an e-mail.

#150 2 years ago
Quoted from Silverstreak02:

...water slide decals...
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Very impressive.

Can you expand on the decals? I assume you wet them, then slide them on and wait for them to dry. Then clear coat to protect? Are they special, as in 'extra thick', etc? Is this something you can print at home, or are the inks special and places like Staples or a print shop is a preferred source? Sorry for all the questions - sounds interesting!

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