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Eight Ball Deluxe Owner Club & Restorations Guests Welcome As Well

By Hellfire

6 years ago

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#901 3 years ago

My first post on Pinside.com!

I finally started to restore my EBD over the summer. I spent whatever time I could between work, family, vacations, etc. taking a million pictures of the game and ripping every component off the playfield. I had a Bally NOS playfield that I bought about 15 years ago and ordered the cabinet stencils from Pinball Pimp. All of the hardware went into the polisher, I rebuilt the flippers and replaced the coils as well. We've had some nice warm days here in Maryland so before it gets too cold to paint in the garage, I devoted some time to prepping the cabinet. I started with 80 grit, then 120 and finished with 220 and gave the cabinet 4 coats with 220 in between. Here are pictures of my progress so far...

I need to give the first stencil color time cure before I lay down the next color. Even with all of the photos that I took, the playfield is still a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to put back together. Thanks to all that have gone before me and offered their insight on Pinside; It makes the job a lot easier!

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#916 3 years ago

Finished the Pinball Pimp stencil on the cabinet. Really stoked with how well it turned out!
I'll finish the head this weekend.

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#944 3 years ago

Another 1981 EBD restoration completed... a ground up restoration of the playfield and cabinet. The electronics are solid (this game has been in my family for 20 years) so I left everything in the head alone. It has the original Margaret Hudson back-glass too.

I bought a parts polisher and playfield rotisserie to make the job easier. Loved the way everything came out of the parts polisher looking like new!

My strategy going in was that if a part looked worn and I could replace it, I did.

-Rebuilt the flippers with new bats, bushings, springs, etc.
-New coils for everything where it matters (flippers, slingshots, pop bumpers)
-Completely refinished the cabinet and head with Pinball Pimp stencils and re-painted the legs.
-Restored the apron to original artwork
-NOS Bally playfield
-New drop targets
-New power regulator board (the old one worked but looked heat stressed)
-New pop bumper bodies
-New plastics
-New rubbers
-New grounding braid
-New flipper buttons
-New side rails
-New pinball (of course!)

I started this project in April and worked it in my spare time. It was a thrill to get it back together and power it up after being totally disassembled and hear "Eight Ball Deluxe!" boom out of the speaker.

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#952 3 years ago

Also, what are the voltages at the test points on the rectifier card in the cabinet?

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#953 3 years ago

Also, what are the voltages at the test points on the rectifier board in the bottom of the cabinet?

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