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Cyclone Full Restoration

By theseadoomaster

5 years ago

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#1 5 years ago

This is my first restore that i'm documenting here.
I picked up this cyclone that needs a lot of attention.
The cab isn't too bad but the head needs a lot of work.
I'm doing a full cab repair and automotive repaint,new CPR playfield with plastics,new ramps,new ribbon cables and a lot of other odds and ends.
First i wanted to make sure the game worked before sinking all this time and $ into it.
Well it didn't...turned out he cpu had a bad irq line.i traced it to a bad u35,i replaced that and the game fired up and mostly worked.
So now i am clear to tear it down.

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#2 5 years ago

Not sure why the pics are tilted on their sides.
Cab is now stripped,and playfield on the rotisserie.
This playfield is WORN.

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#3 5 years ago

Did some wire cleaning today.
Before and After pics

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#5 5 years ago

Some new parts waiting to go in.

#7 5 years ago

Yeah it is getting pricey though to get it as nice as i am hoping to get it to.

#9 5 years ago

Todd, what kind of paint did you use?

#13 5 years ago

It looks to me that the wear is just from abuse and not cleaning probably ever.
There is mylar at the top of the playfield but i cant find any evidence of it on the lower section.

#14 5 years ago
Quoted from BrianZ:

That is a problem with Cyclone....You can easily put more $$$ into it then its worth on the market. I'm probably at that $$$ amount now.

That's kinda what i'm afraid of because i will more than likely sell it after the restore.
I get more joy out of repairing them than hanging on to them.
I hope to break even on this one but we will see.
Not the first time i've lost money on a machine.

#18 5 years ago
Quoted from BrianZ:

Once you get done, you might want to keep it. With the new CPR clearcoated playfield, the game really speeds up..

We will see, I've had one before and like it but i get bored playing most pins pretty quickly.
For me it's about working on them that gives me more satisfaction.

#22 5 years ago

This is the part i don't care for much sanding, filling ,sanding ,primer ,filling ,sanding and eventually paint

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#24 5 years ago

More pics of the cab, im trying to get the corners as sharp as possible.
More work to do on the back then on to the head!

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#25 5 years ago

Doing this much work on the cab makes me envy those guys that can afford to buy/build a new cab.

#27 5 years ago

I have it a little different when we built my house we added a third garage and she knew going into this that she is just renting that third space till I need it.

#29 5 years ago

Still working on the neck section of the lower cab,a little more touch up in this section then on to the head!
I think i am being a little too much of a perfectionist here but a good paint job is 90% prep work.
I was really hoping to get some paint on the cab this week but will probably be next week.

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#31 5 years ago

I like finding things like this,

#32 5 years ago

HAPPY times!
Sanding is done!!!
Next week black goes on.

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#39 5 years ago

I will be posting Playfield swap pics after I get the cabinet done first,I'm doing one thing at a time to not get too overwhelmed.

#41 5 years ago

Finally got some color on the cab today!!
I think it turned out pretty good.
Next i will let it sit overnight then lightly sand out any imperfections then the next color in a day or two.

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#43 5 years ago

Thanks, still a lot of work to be done.

#45 5 years ago

A little more progress today,This is the first time using a stencil and it worked out pretty well.
It turns out it was really easy,A big initial investment but it will pay off eventually.
The backbox is scuffed up to smooth it out a little,i will be clearing over it eventually.

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1 week later
#48 5 years ago

Finally was able to spray the yellow today!
It turned out really nice.
I initially had problems with the first stencil but Travis at twistedpin hooked me up with a newer version.
A couple of minor touch ups and waiting a week and i will be ready for the orange.

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#52 5 years ago

I am going to cut up the orange stencil,I don't see being able to line it up any other way.
Trust me it has taken a whole lot longer than anticipated so hearing it run again will be a good day.

#53 5 years ago

Finally making some progress.

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#59 5 years ago

I am putting in led's,This was and still is a lot of work.
I will have to think long and hard before i do another stencil job like this.

#61 5 years ago

Finally got the first clear on today.
After that dries i will sand it down then flat clear the cab.
The playfield doesn't look overly shiny, I didn't go too thick on the clear.
It should buff up nice though.

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#64 5 years ago

It is a CPR repro,I bought it 2nd hand.
They do come cleared.
It needed a small touch up then cleared again.
It is new never installed.

#66 5 years ago

Sand and buff Playfield today....Shiny

1 week later
#69 5 years ago

I decided after looking at some other restore threads that I'm changing up the interior of the cabinet.
I painted the entire inside black but now I'm painting the floor an almond color.
From the other threads it looks a lot more clean to me.
I will post some pics tomorrow after the paint dries and I get the tape off,one of my favorite things is pulling the tape off and seeing the finished/almost finished product.

#70 5 years ago

Well the paint tacked up quicker than i thought so i got the pic today.
I can't figure out why these pics are coming up sideways.

#72 5 years ago
Quoted from seshpilot:

Dude. Fantastic work here. I don't think I have the patience for the stencil spray that you did. Seriously impressed. Looking forward to seeing how this all turns out. I did a CPR WW recently (decaled the cab) that turned out SO stinking nice. Makes my other "player" pins feel completely different.

I'm with you on the stencils,i can see doing another stencil job but with one this intricate i with have to think about it.

#75 5 years ago

Yeah, I will get some pics for you.

#76 5 years ago

Finally Starting to look like a pinball machine again!
The cab is finished up now on to the head.

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1 week later
#80 5 years ago

Getting closer!!
Harnesses removed,it's amazing how many broken/pinched wires you find when completely tearing something apart.

#82 5 years ago

If you look between the flippers you will see a broken wire,actually there are two broken wires there you cant see the other one.
Also when i removed the lighting harness one of the bulb holders was screwed down on top of a small bunch of wires.

#86 5 years ago

No luck on the side rails but i did clean them up.
I saw this on the underside of the playfield ,wonder if it means anything?

#87 5 years ago

All mechs cleaned,fixed,rebuilt and installed now on to the wiring.

#93 5 years ago

The springs came in the kit,i didn't know about the spring upgrade.
The solder pins have been re-flowed the pic doesn't look as good as it does in real life.

#94 5 years ago

Still more soldering to do but getting closer!

#95 5 years ago

Getting even closer.
Waiting on yet more parts, I think i'm gonna take Mike D's advice and try a spread sheet next time.
I think this is 7 or 8 different shipments now.

#96 5 years ago

Hit the playfield pretty hard today(almost 9 hours)
Its amazing the amount of time it takes cleaning every part as it goes back together.
I'm hoping i will have the playfield finished up tomorrow.

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#98 5 years ago

Shouldn't be too hard to get back in with the ramps,i took it out that way.

#107 5 years ago

I would assume that being in an air conditioned home(not in a garage) you shouldn't have rusty ball problems but nothing wrong with replacing balls on a regular basis anyway.
Playfield finished up ,time to put it back in the cab!!!

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#114 5 years ago

Here she sit's as of yesterday.
Chasing a couple gremlins,hopefully i will be finished up next week.


#120 5 years ago

Yeah it could use a new translite but I'm at 3k invested and can't do anymore.
As for the inserts, I'm not sure what you are talking about. I didn't remove any.

#122 5 years ago

Marco has a cyclone backglass but they want $240, ouch!

1 week later
#123 5 years ago

Well its been a little while but i can now say the game is done and plays 100%
I am very happy with the way it turned out and hopefully soon it will be in someone else's home that will appreciate it for a long while to come.
After finishing and lighting up the playfield i noticed some crackling in a few of the inserts(obviously not a gold CPR playfield)A pic is attatched a little but hard to see.
Here is a list of what was done...
New playfield
New plastics
New legs with new bolts and upgraded plates
Cabinet protectors
New rottendog mpu
New roms
New ribbon cables
New Rottendog Led Display
Shooter rod assy
New playfield glass
New Backglass speaker grill cover
New cyclone ,subway and comet ramps
LED's throughout
All new posts on playfield
New rubbers (duh!)
New Ball
Refinish Cabinet
New locks
Cleaned and flame polished ferris wheel ramp
New Flippers and new buttons
Rebuilt Flippers and all other mechs
Many new screws (rather than cleaning them)
Stencil to spray warning on backbox
New right sling coil and bracket
Some new 555 lamp sockets
New backbox latch
Refinish coin door
New cabinet Ground braid
New stencil set
I'm sure im forgetting some things
I did a little math and total investment is around $3300
More than i wanted to spend but you only live once.
I have someone interested but if he passes i am going to sell for $2500
I knew i was losing money when i started but what the hell.

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#124 5 years ago

New power cable also

#126 5 years ago

I also installed superbands.

#129 5 years ago
Quoted from rollinover:

why sell such a beauty!?

I am more into fixing than playing, although i do like to play.
Always looking on to the next pin.

#132 5 years ago

Here are some pics of the finished product

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