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Eight Ball Deluxe CPR Playfield Swap


By dmacy

6 days ago



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#1 6 days ago

Documenting an Eight Ball Deluxe 1981 playfield swap with one of CPR’s latest. phillyfan64 has new plastics, drop targets, lamp sockets (bayonet vs wedge), mech rebuilds and more. We’re going with incandescent 44 for GI/visible areas and color matching the inserts.

This will be my first EBD swap so if anyone sees anything not right, please chime in. Tumbling, ultrasonic, and polishing all parts. This one is in good working shape with a few touch ups.

Few pics of the old and new and the parts needed to install on the rotisserie:

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#2 6 days ago

Top side tear down part 1

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#3 6 days ago

Top side tear down part 2

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#4 6 days ago

I'll be following this thread, i love EBD! Any plans for the old playfield?

#5 6 days ago

Top side tear down pics 3

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#6 6 days ago
Quoted from frunch:

I'll be following this thread, i love EBD! Any plans for the old playfield?

You will have to check with phillyfan64 about the old one.

#7 6 days ago

You move fast Dave. See all the toothpicks in the holes under those old plastics! I will probably sell the old playfield. It’s in fair shape.

#8 6 days ago

So you need to do any prep on the new cpr one? Like pre drilling etc?

#9 6 days ago

Prep includes filing the clear out of the rollover insert. Fortunately, EBD only has one.

#10 5 days ago

What’s the correct lamp screws? There’s a mix of both 6-32x3/8 hex heads and some philips screws.

Finding both examples online.

#11 5 days ago

Also of note, the new playfield is missing a lamp hole for the upper right corner. Maybe a production run change?

Running with it without and will use a double headed LED if too dark.

Note the extra hole that looks like wasn’t used on original. Covered and could be another area to add lighting.
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#12 5 days ago

People ran into that with the Hardtop as well. I believe it was indeed a production change.

People liked the additional lighting in the corner.

#13 5 days ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Note the extra hole that looks like wasn’t used on original. Covered and could be another area to add lighting.

Bally had two "big" holes in their playfields.
1) top right.
2) bottom left.
The holes where used to "snap fit" the playfield to the dies and silk screening process.
OEM the lamp socket is stapled to the bottom part of the hole the...
the wire buss ran across the open hole to the "free" lug of the lamp socket.

#14 5 days ago

The later run nos playfields dont have the hole cut out. That’s probably what they copied.

#15 5 days ago

The later versions LE and 84 probably had the Hole not cutt out.

#16 5 days ago

Thanks all! Some of the barrels for the 8-32 T nuts were too large for the holes which has been common for new playfields. I ran short of 6-32 T nuts but will have a count when I have them all in. I use felt with a small bearing and washers to carefully set them in.

Running with the hex head screws. Ran the braided wire this afternoon. Need to solder and test but the lengthy part is over. Tried to keep it close to original run but cleaner.

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#17 5 days ago

Looks way better already. The old one was all different styles of sockets. This looks so much cleaner.

#18 5 days ago
Quoted from vec-tor:

Bally had two "big" holes in their playfields.
1) top right.
2) bottom left.
The holes where used to "snap fit" the playfield to the dies and silk screening process.
OEM the lamp socket is stapled to the bottom part of the hole the...
the wire buss ran across the open hole to the "free" lug of the lamp socket.

I always wondered what that hole was for. My Mata Hari has the same thing and it just looks out of place.

#19 5 days ago
Quoted from phillyfan64:

I always wondered what that hole was for. My Mata Hari has the same thing and it just looks out of place.

Silkscreening alignment, they put the PF down on pegs that go through those holes.

#20 3 days ago

Small progress to share. Parts are being cleaned and tumbled. First batch has made it out after two days of tumbling. Happy with how they’re looking. I had a “helper”.

Started the soldering of lamp holders. Lots to go...!

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#21 3 days ago

I hate soldering those brackets.

#22 3 days ago
Quoted from dmacy:

Small progress to share. Parts are being cleaned and tumbled. First batch has made it out after two days of tumbling. Happy with how they’re looking. I had a “helper”.
Started the soldering of lamp holders. Lots to go...!
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Are you using all new lamp holders?

#23 3 days ago
Quoted from cooked71:

Are you using all new lamp holders?

Yes.

#24 3 days ago

I really dig your playfield swaps!

#25 3 days ago
Quoted from Ricochet:

I really dig your playfield swaps!

Thank you! I’ll be following your IJ in a few months for my own. That is a great resource!

#26 2 days ago

Lamps are soldered in. Always a pain cleaning so solder takes to the mounts.

T nut count:

(9) 8-32
(19) 6-32

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#27 2 days ago

What’s the trick to get solder to stick to the mounts? I always have trouble.

#28 2 days ago

I use a 150 watt gun to do this. You need thermal mass.

#29 2 days ago

Yes I find flux pen and turning up the heat helps.

#30 2 days ago

Just so you know, the dimples on these were poorly done...especially on the backside.

Double check everything before you screw anything down.

#31 2 days ago

Thanks Bryan.

#32 2 days ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

Just so you know, the dimples on these were poorly done...especially on the backside.
Double check everything before you screw anything down.

Geez. What’s the point of them if they can’t get them right. I know the dimple for the left mini post on the top appears to be way off. That’s an important one.

#33 2 days ago

I would actually prefer undimpled playfields - that way any errors are solely my own.

#34 2 days ago

Bryan was right. They’re pretty far off for the switch actuators. Compared them to original, used my centering punch to dimple, predrill, center, and cinch down.

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#35 2 days ago

Pop bumper parts cleaned up nicely and are reassembled with new parts.

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#36 1 day ago

We ran into our first issue. We went with flat based bayonet holders. Assume our only option is different holders or use flat topped LED’s with or without condoms. And apparently there’s some issues with the LED’s in the chase lights?

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#37 1 day ago

Just change the sockets to the ones that are inbetween the flush and the insert style.

#38 1 day ago

Thanks. That’s what looks like we’re going with.

#39 1 day ago

I messed up. Sorry! I forgot this came up about a year ago on the EBD club thread.

#40 1 day ago

No big deal. If it’s pinball, it is never easy!

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