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Custom Bally Kiss build/restore start to finish


By vdojaq

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Have finally decided to build another one of my custom Bally Kiss machines. This will be machine #4. Will be starting off with a totally ruined playfield that will get an overlay, a Lost World cabinet, and a Kiss back box. l will try to chronicle the progress with pictures and description as much as possible. How long is this going to take? Who knows!

Lets start off the blank playfield. Here it was yesterday and is now sanded today. I used a random orbital sander and it really knocked it out. Started with 40 grit, then 80, next 120, and finally 200.

My plan is to clear coat 2 layers to make sure all is smooth with the inserts, do the white undercoat trim, clear another layer, then the overlay, and then clear coat again an additional 3 layers.

Enjoy the ride!

As you can see, this playfield is beyond any touch-up, but it's straight and it's solid. An excellent candidate for an overlay

#2 2 years ago

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#3 2 years ago

And here are the pictures after sanding. Only knocked out 2 inserts! 1 amber arrow and the top white insert. Shooter lane sanded out well too.

Next will be wipe down with Naptha and going to go the Spray Max route for clear coating. Cabinet pictures will be next update.

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#4 2 years ago

Here is the donor bottom cabinet, a Bally lost world.

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#5 2 years ago

And now for the shock of the day. I brought the cabinet over from my garage to my repair shop yesterday. I started stripping it down this morning. Obviously the 1st things to do are pull off the lock down bar, remove the glass, and pull the playfield. I did and almost shit my pants.........we have an intruder !!!!

My wife accidentally left the garage door open overnight on Saturday. This guy must have got in the garage on Sat night, and when he heard me coming on Tuesday ran and hid in the cabinet! I can't believe I didn't get bit or attacked because I was moving this thing ALL around on Tues in the garage, in my trailer, and in my shop. He must have been too scared to come out, otherwise he would have set off the motion detectors on my security system.

Alas, he was not harmed. Took the cabinet out to the tree line and dumped him out.

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#6 2 years ago

Overall this cabinet should be good and clean up well. I did have to remove the back piece because after stripping the cabinet down, it became obvious this was not a salvageable piece of wood. Filling it for repairs would have been pointless. Luckily with a rubber mallet the piece came off cleanly. Before anymore work on this I need to have someone cut & joint this back piece properly as I don't have a table saw(yet) or the ability to cut those 2 joints. I actually need 2 of these, as I have another cabinet that needs this same piece(another KISS project). All the hardware from the cabinet is now in the tumbler.

Does anyone have the pattern for these cabinets and could cut me 2? Otherwise the original piece is good enough to use as a template for new ones. I have a couple of guys in my neighborhood that have wood shops in their garage and could do it for me.

Next up to start on will be the backbox.

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#8 2 years ago

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#11 2 years ago

Shortly, with the warmer weather I am going to get back on top of this. I will get some pictures up of the repaired cabinet as soon as I pick it up.

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