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(Topic ID: 88597)

Earthshaker restored


By blimpey

6 years ago



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  • 20 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 6 years ago by zippydapinhead
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#1 6 years ago

I bought this ES as my first pin in 1992 at age 19. I have probably gone through over 50 pins in my collection since 92'. This ES has been the only pin I have never sold. Since I knew it was a forever keeper I decided to have it restored. I just got it back today. Sinking institute mod. full LED's, and CC'ed p/f. It plays like new, and I could not be happier. Thanks for your work on it Sparky, Steve, Timmothy, and Neo!
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#2 6 years ago

wow, very cool!

#3 6 years ago

So very purdy. Congrats!

#4 6 years ago

Looks great!

Oh no....leg protectors on a decaled game! Be careful of wrinkling

#5 6 years ago

congrats! great looking game.

#6 6 years ago

That looks stunning, a true keeper.

#7 6 years ago

That is a nice machine. And the fact you have had it all these years . Awesome. I use Felt Leg Protectors http://www.actionpinball.com/pics/leg_pads.jpg

#8 6 years ago
Quoted from Pinballer22:

Looks great!
Oh no....leg protectors on a decaled game! Be careful of wrinkling

No decals on this, origional silk screened cab.

#9 6 years ago

Wow...looks awesome, makes me want to take my ES to the next level. Unfortunatley, I do not have the sinking institute....any idea (ANYBODY!!!!) where I might find the kit????

#10 6 years ago

Very nice! Now add the Caddie!
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and topper
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#11 6 years ago

I did the Caddie as a topper. I like your set up though.image-45.jpg

#12 6 years ago

I opened this hoping it was for sale, rats! Very nice though indeed. Bitchin!

#13 6 years ago

Drool worthy indeed. Beautiful machine.

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from Blenderhead:

Wow...looks awesome, makes me want to take my ES to the next level. Unfortunatley, I do not have the sinking institute....any idea (ANYBODY!!!!) where I might find the kit????

Read this thread and email Mark at the listed address.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/earthshaker-sinking-building/page/2

#15 6 years ago

Beautiful ES!!! Do you know which process they used to clear coat it?

#16 6 years ago
Quoted from Quietmouse:

Beautiful ES!!! Do you know which process they used to clear coat it?

Sorry I don't know the process. I have read that not many of the p/f restoration guys will touch system 11 games due to the inserts turning a milky color after the clear has cured. Captainneo, here on Pinside did this p/f. Seems like he has figured it out. I have been pleased with his work, and turn times.

#17 6 years ago

That came out looking STELLAR! Gives me something to shoot for with mine some day.

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

That came out looking STELLAR! Gives me something to shoot for with mine some day.

I got the "super set" plastic set. It came with many duplicate, and some triplicate plastics that I don't need. I also have a pretty nice main populated ramp. You are welcome to have them for your project when you are ready.

#19 6 years ago

Hey Blimpie, you don't have an extra "subway" do ya? Mine is cracked and I am having Hell finding a new one. I bought a full set of new ramps and plastics but can't find the under playfield tunnel dealio.

Thanks a million for posting these pics. I am in the middle of taking my playfield apart and was losing gas till I saw the pics of your beauty!

#20 6 years ago

I got my second ES in just a month or so ago. Will never leave the house again, I just love the game, theme and design of this machine. Your ES looks great!

#21 6 years ago

Fantastic example. Enjoy.

#22 6 years ago

Nice! I really want one of these.

#23 6 years ago
Quoted from Quietmouse:

Hey Blimpie, you don't have an extra "subway" do ya? Mine is cracked and I am having Hell finding a new one. I bought a full set of new ramps and plastics but can't find the under playfield tunnel dealio.
Thanks a million for posting these pics. I am in the middle of taking my playfield apart and was losing gas till I saw the pics of your beauty!

Sorry, No I only had a spare main ramp. My subway was in good shape and did not need replacing. I do not know of any resources for that part.

Quoted from The_Director:

I got my second ES in just a month or so ago. Will never leave the house again, I just love the game, theme and design of this machine. Your ES looks great!

Something special about that center/main ramp for me. Extremely satisfying shot to get into a rhythm, stacking up miles traveled.

#24 6 years ago

Mark does beautiful work. Can't wait to play a game or two on it...

Steve (in Escalon, CA)

#25 6 years ago

Great work, I hope mine comes out this nice.

#26 6 years ago

Awesome work Sparky. Looks great John,as if you didn't know that.Now if I can just figure out what Todd wants to do with his.It needs a resto bad

#27 6 years ago

The ES turned out very nice! It looks even better in your driveway than in my garage

My two biggest challenges with this swap:

1) Losing all my pics when I accidentally reformatted the wrong external drive: 9 years of pinball tear-down and before/after pics for over 50 machines

2) Realizing it's time to buy or build a rotisserie. I've gotten by without one for previous swaps and tear-downs, but the sinking institute prevented me from having the pf face up.

Enjoy your game, John!

#28 6 years ago
Quoted from Pinballer22:

Looks great!
Oh no....leg protectors on a decaled game! Be careful of wrinkling

Original screened cabinet, not decals. This was mostly a playfield swap "restore."

Edit: I see John already replied to this

#29 6 years ago
Quoted from Sparky:

2) Realizing it's time to buy or build a rotisserie. I've gotten by without one for previous swaps and tear-downs, but the sinking institute prevented me from having the pf face up.
Enjoy your game, John!

I built the balck pipe version on this thread just for this restoration.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/just-in-case-you-havent-built-a-rotisserie-yet

It was a simple build with the most challenging aspect being the cleaning of the pipe. Took half a day and that includes shopping for the parts. It has worked great and tears down small for storage.

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#30 6 years ago
Quoted from Sparky:

2) Realizing it's time to buy or build a rotisserie. I've gotten by without one for previous swaps and tear-downs, but the sinking institute prevented me from having the pf face up.
Enjoy your game, John!

That sinking mod is a PITA to install.....Only one I will never do again (except Todd's)

#31 6 years ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

That sinking mod is a PITA to install

It is a tight fit in there, I had to drill new holes on my bracket to get it to line up and not scrape going up and down. Totally worth it tho!

#32 6 years ago
Quoted from zippydapinhead:

It is a tight fit in there, I had to drill new holes on my bracket to get it to line up and not scrape going up and down. Totally worth it tho!

I had to move my harness a bit underneath to get it to fit, and had to notch my repro ramp (which was the easiest part to do!)

I really do like it though. People who have never seen it or non-pinheads always get a big kick out of it.

#33 6 years ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

I had to move my harness a bit underneath

Working around that harness was a PITA!

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