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Diner Restoration


By Mneubey

2 years ago



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#151 6 months ago

Finally back to this thing. Applied the side art, and in the process of repopulating the backbox. Somehow, I held onto every part over the last several years, except now I can’t find the vent grill for the backbox. Thankfully pps sells them, so one is on the way. Still have to get the backbox warning text on it, but getting closer. I’d love to have this thing on the cabinet in the next few days.

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#152 6 months ago
Quoted from Mneubey:

Finally back to this thing. Applied the side art, and in the process of repopulating the backbox. Somehow, I held onto every part over the last several years, except now I can’t find the vent grill for the backbox. Thankfully pps sells them, so one is on the way. Still have to get the backbox warning text on it, but getting closer. I’d love to have this thing on the cabinet in the next few days.
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Did you get the cpr backglass?

I have it and its gorgeous.!

#153 6 months ago

I did grab one actually. I also have one for my tz as well and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to get to the point where I can install it!

Quoted from pinballinreno:

Did you get the cpr backglass?
I have it and its gorgeous.!

#154 6 months ago
Quoted from Mneubey:

I did grab one actually. I also have one for my tz as well and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to get to the point where I can install it!

I put dome colored lights under it.

Red for the clock.
Blue for the moon and diner lights.

#155 6 months ago

Cool! Would u mind posting a pic?

Quoted from pinballinreno:

I put dome colored lights under it.
Red for the clock.
Blue for the moon and diner lights.

#156 6 months ago
Quoted from Mneubey:

Cool! Would u mind posting a pic?

Ill do it monday, the game is at my work lol.

#157 6 months ago

Finally at a point where I feel I am close. My goal now is just to have everything assembled. I know the main board needs work, but I’m not terribly worried about it. The displays are totally shot, so I have already removed them, but the speaker panel itself is in immaculate condition. I’m going to scan the speaker grilles, and repaint the black, but that’s practically all I’ll have to do. Looking forward to getting everything reconnected, and putting the backglass in. This project has seemed like a constant uphill battle, but that makes this part that much more special.

I can honestly say that these pics barely do it justice, it’s pretty stunning in person.

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#158 6 months ago

Damn nice job! That's one CRISP diner! Please put me on the list for new owners if you ever sell it.

#159 6 months ago

Heres what LEDs i put in the backbox.

Blue, red, warm white and cool white.

Plus some amber #47's for the diner lights.

I think it looks great on my cpr glass

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#160 6 months ago

I’ve restored quite a few machines, but I’ve never felt as good as when I put the finishing touches on assembling this one. I have spent literally hundreds of hours getting to this point over the last few years, and I’m relieved to say that it was well worth it. I wish pics could do it justice, as it’s a jaw dropper in person.

I still need to do some board work, and a few tweaks here and there, but everything is at least put together as of last night.
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#161 6 months ago

Just went through all the pics in this thread. My god man great job. I would never had the skills or the patience to do that. Be proud of it and never sell it.

Diner is one of my favs and would love to own one someday

#162 6 months ago

Congrats on completing the restore! Your game looks amazing. Finishing a big project like that feels so good. Diner is a great game and one you don’t see that often (at least in good shape). I completed a playfield swap on mine a few months ago and don’t regret it one bit. I was lucky the cup was still in good shape.

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#163 6 months ago

Thanks all. I still have some work to do, but getting to this point was a huge deal for me. I was looking for a Diner and real challenge when this came along, and OMG I got one. I've had a few restorations that had happened in between me starting this and now, but It really feels great to bring this one back to life since it felt so hopeless when I started.

#164 6 months ago

The Diner is looking great!

#165 6 months ago

I’ve gone through everything over the last few days, and have come across a few dumb issues that I’ve had to correct, but other than that it’s nearly 100%!

I have to replace a few switches, one coil, and recap the power board. From the shape this thing was in originally, that’s not too terribly bad. I’m waiting on several orders, but might just have this thing done by the weekend.

One fascinating, but frustrating issue has to do with the mpu - there was definitely a pile of acid damage. It looks like it was stood up on its back when they leaked, so there is definitely a radius of damaged chips. I’ve ordered new everything to replace all of the components with acid damage, but still waiting on delivery. Anyway - after replacing a few pia’s in the path, I plugged it into the diner, and I’m still getting a pia 42 error code, and it’s not booting. I put the diner board in my taxi, and the taxi board in the diner, and both boards work just fine, but the diner won’t work in the diner cab yet. I’d leave it that way, but the diner is a sys 11c, which means I’d be missing the voices in taxi. Music works fine, but the audio section isn’t populated. Anyway, it’s fine for now, and I’m fairly certain I’ll have it figured out not too far into the future.

Overall, I expected this part to take much longer, but it’s nice to be wrong about that.

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#166 5 months ago

awesome job! I'm glad to see it didn't get parted out and then thrown in the landfill. That's probably what 99% of people would have done with it.
don't forget me if you decide to sell it back to me. > It'd be in lithia springs and you could come play it at oasis arcade airbnb anytime.

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#167 4 months ago

Just wanted to give one final update. I had someone come along with an offer I absolutely couldn't refuse a few weeks ago, and although the fact that I let go of it makes me want to puke thinking of how much work was put into it, I'm very comfortable and happy with the trade. Looking forward to moving on to the next restoration.

#168 4 months ago

ebay.com link » 1990 Williams Diner Pinball Game Nicest Example In The Country Restored 100
I see it on Ebay now. Beautiful job but was a little shocked when it said "Better than HEP"

#169 4 months ago

Mitch is the man

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#170 4 months ago
Quoted from d0n:

Mitch is the man

Maybe so. But you must not have ever looked at a HEP machine if you think this is better than his restorations. The underside of the playfield and inside of the cabinet look like any other Diner you would find. The wiring looks dirty. Old coil covers. Metal looks tarnished. There's moisture damage to the light panel behind the translite etc.

#171 4 months ago

Yikes. With all due respect to all, can we not do this on my thread please. I am a pretty humble guy, and it was a long and tedious process to get this machine to where it is currently. I'm not trying to compete with anyone, and I do it because I love it (for me, there would be no other reason). I'm proud of the work I've done, but it's discouraging to see where this thread is headed.

#172 4 months ago
Quoted from Mneubey:

Yikes. With all due respect to all, can we not do this on my thread please. I am a pretty humble guy, and it was a long and tedious process to get this machine to where it is currently. I'm not trying to compete with anyone, and I do it because I love it (for me, there would be no other reason). I'm proud of the work I've done, but it's discouraging to see where this thread is headed.

I agree, starting this here isn't fair to Mneubey. He isn't the seller of the pin, he has no control over what the new owner is asking for it, and he didn't bring up the HEP comparison. Let's leave this thread about the restoration, which I feel we can all agree on that he did an amazing job. Thanks again for sharing the journey with us mneubey.

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#173 4 months ago

I apologize I did not read the whole thread. I just saw the eBay ad and it linked this thread. I didn't realize you were not the seller.

#174 4 months ago
Quoted from Mneubey:

Yikes. With all due respect to all, can we not do this on my thread please. I am a pretty humble guy, and it was a long and tedious process to get this machine to where it is currently. I'm not trying to compete with anyone, and I do it because I love it (for me, there would be no other reason). I'm proud of the work I've done, but it's discouraging to see where this thread is headed.

I agree. I definitely don't want this thread going south. I removed the HEP reference in the ebay ad as to not draw any (more) flac to this thread. Mitch is a super cool guy and he should be damned proud of the work on this game. I wish I had a fraction of his patience, work ethic, enthusiasm and attention to detail.

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