(Topic ID: 243486)

Does anyone offer a ramp flap making service?


By harryhoudini

10 months ago



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  • Latest reply 10 months ago by zr11990
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#1 10 months ago

I just need a single flap for JP (I have the original as a template) but it seems like I need to spend like $50 in tools and metal to make one. I don't have any other projects that I'll need to make a ramp for. Happy to pay for time and materials, shipping, etc. I could even scan the part so I could send you the outline to cut it out. I think the biggest need is a hole punch, which is like $25 from Amazon that I don't really want to spend on a tool I will likely never use again.

#2 10 months ago
Quoted from harryhoudini:

will likely never use again

Hahaha good one!
-mof

#3 10 months ago
Quoted from mof:

Hahaha good one!
-mof

I have invested so much in tools over the years, many of which just sit there never to be used again. I do so many different projects, hardly ever twice. For example.. a set of fuel line coupling release tools for a Ford truck. Oil pressure sender socket for a Yukon. Power stapler for reupholstering a poker table. I could keep going on. I was considering buying the rivet tools for the blind rivets... I found someone selling a set of "toolless" rivets for pinball flaps. I just don't have a call for that kind of thing on a regular enough basis to spend $30+ on a rivet setter.

#4 10 months ago

dont already own a dremel?
cannot just reblue the old flap?

#5 10 months ago

Yep... Remove the flap and reblue. You can sand the flap if there are any issues with it.

Get a bluing kit from Cabela's. Invest in a rivet press while you're at it too.

#6 10 months ago

If you own more than one pin, grab tbe rivot press. Never know, it could be used elsewhere.

#7 10 months ago

You guys are all enablers.

The flap is busted out on one corner where a hole is and as long as I have it removed I figured I'd just remake it.

I do have a dremel... exactly what bit are you cutting circles and semicircles with in soft metal? I have various cutting and sanding discs but never was successful in trying to grind precise, intricate curves.

#8 10 months ago

Got turned on to a local guy who says he can do it. Thanks pinside

#9 10 months ago

I was going to suggest @freeplay40, not TOO far from you.
He does amazing new ramps too.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/freeplay40-ramps

#10 10 months ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

I was going to suggest @freeplay40, not TOO far from you.
He does amazing new ramps too.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/freeplay40-ramps

That's who did it

#11 10 months ago
Quoted from harryhoudini:

I just need a single flap for JP (I have the original as a template) but it seems like I need to spend like $50 in tools and metal to make one. I don't have any other projects that I'll need to make a ramp for. Happy to pay for time and materials, shipping, etc. I could even scan the part so I could send you the outline to cut it out. I think the biggest need is a hole punch, which is like $25 from Amazon that I don't really want to spend on a tool I will likely never use again.

Cliffy made replacement flaps for Ripley's ramps.

#12 10 months ago
Quoted from RTS:

Cliffy made replacement flaps for Ripley's ramps.

If you can wait until next year, yeah that's another resource I forgot to mention.

#13 10 months ago

I have all kinds of tools that were one time use. It was either buy the tool and do the job myself or paying someone else a lot of money to do the job for me.

#14 10 months ago
Quoted from harryhoudini:

Got turned on to a local guy who says he can do it. Thanks pinside

Wait, a guy turned you on?

#15 10 months ago
Quoted from zr11990:

Wait, a guy turned you on?

Ooof, that's a stretch! (that's what she said)

#16 10 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I have all kinds of tools that were one time use. It was either buy the tool and do the job myself or paying someone else a lot of money to do the job for me.

Ditto.. For example, I just bought a $500 Festool sander to strip the art off the sides of my JD so I can restore the cabinet and put new decals on it. I really have no other use for this nice of a sander, but the other option was to pay someone $700 do to the cabinet restore for me. This way, I save money and get another nice tool out of it. I'm sure I will find a use for it again someday and actually already have some ideas.

But I have plenty of tools that were bought for 1 time uses. A handful of them have come in handy years later, so its never bad to have them. Just storing them is the catch...

#17 10 months ago
Quoted from harryhoudini:

Ooof, that's a stretch! (that's what she said)

Should have said " a local guy turned you on" but I was doing something else at the time.

#19 10 months ago

I rent Uhauls for shits and giggles and someone came in to rent one as I was reading your post. I have rented them for 4 months and have made all of $1500 so it isn't worth my effort.

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