This is my first ever restoration. I've owned two games before my Eight Ball, but all the help they needed was replacing bulbs and getting cleaned. So far this EB has been a lot more work and will continue to be, but I'm excited to learn and take on this challenge! This pin needs a lot of love. My good buddy jmulvenon picked this EB for me from a questionable house (drug house, hoarder house, you name it) out in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma.
I'll go ahead and outline the work I've done so far and what I plan to do for the future.
1. I replaced the power supply board with a lot of help from the pinside community. That adventure can be found over here https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/eight-ball-board-repair
Long story short, the old power supply was pretty burnt up and it required a lot of re-pinning connectors and undoing a ground mod.
2. I replaced the solenoid driver board. The old board had burnt up once before. I actually managed to get this board working by replacing some components, but I didn't really trust the board. I admit that some of my fixes to remove bridged traces were pretty hackish. I just didn't have a whole lot of confidence in this board so I decided to upgrade to a new Alltek board. I was quite impressed with how much the new board simplified the design. However I guess repairing a new board will be next to impossible given how small its components are.
Here's some of the dodgy fixing I did to remove bridged traces. I actually got a dremel to drill out a ton of char between the two traces. Granted it worked, but I didn't like it.
3. Some of my scores were burnt out. I bought two new pinscore displays to replace the ones that were burnt out the most. I thought I could live with the other displays that are slightly burnt out, but I love the new pinscore displays so much I might just end up swapping them all. We will see. I still have a digit out on the fourth player. That should be a simple fix. I'll either replace it outright or just replace the bad components.
Looking a bit burnt out on the third player and game info displays
Looking much better
Honestly impressed with how far board tech has come along
Things to do:
1. Obviously the playfield is in awful shape. I can't make up my mind on what I'd like to do with it. I picked up a second hand playfield for 60 bucks in a package deal along with some other bingo playfields. If you want to read about that here's the thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/am-i-going-to-commit-a-bingo-sin#post-4144936
The second PF is in decent shape, but it has its fair share of issues too. Lots of ball swirl. The current playfield has a split down the right side, which I assume is de-lamination. I can't make up my mind if I'd like to touch up the second PF or just do an overlay on the first. I'd be curious to see what you guys think.
The current playfield.
The split in the current playfield.
The second hand playfield looks ok. But the closer you get the worse it is.
2. The backglass has some minor flaking. I need to triple thick this and stop the flaking in its tracks.
3. The cabinet is quite rough. Perhaps I'll get some stencils and clean this thing up?
So overall I've got quite a bit of work ahead of me. I can't quite make up my mind on what kind of restoration I'd like to do. A piece of me would like to just stick to something basic and do a "players" restoration. That way I wont fall into a time and money pit and I wont get overwhelmed on my first restoration. Another piece of me wants to do an overlay, then follow it with a cabinet refresh, and then replace the plastics, and then it just goes on from there.
What do you guys think?