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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!

By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago

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#10785 1 year ago
Quoted from stashyboy:

Bit Hit is my favorite baseball themed EM hands down. The ruleset while simple, is much more fun and engaging than it's earlier competition. Drop targets make a big difference and the long special shot is very satisfying. I've restored several.

Speaking of which - I just (more or less) finished my second EM

As she came:
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And one budget shop out where you're married and live in an apartment and work on pinball machines in the living room but your wife is awesome and forgiving later:
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(Evapo-Rust is the single greatest product ever.)
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#10796 1 year ago
Quoted from Raff:

How long do you let your parts sit in evapo rust for.

I read a handful of threads here and the go to answer seems to be 24 hours. Really, I just let the amount of rust decide. My legs weren't too bad - I think they were in for roughly 16 hours or so. Leg bolts and nuts for maybe 6 or so so, probably didn't even need that long.

I think the coin door was around 12, but once again that was probably more than it needed.
Lock down receiver was the worst - it was in a full 24-30. (Then 20 minutes or so in the over at 160) Came out great.

Made a PVC tube container as most people have. Works great for the legs and lockdown bar.
I went with a 3" PVC tube instead of 4" Two legs can be submerged at a time in a single gallon.
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Found some plastic bins at Target that the coin door fit into really well. Minimal extra space, allowing the evapo-rust to fill the bin higher.
If you remove the hinge, you can just about submerge the entire door in a single gallon.

Quoted from Stoomer:

Make sure it's warm enough...Ken Layton schooled me on this recently - Evapo works much better over 60 degrees F. I tossed a whole gallon thinking it had been "played out", but it was probably just too cold in my shop(like it is in the winter) and I didn't know...c'est la vie.

Good point. Temperature affects the effectiveness. I did mine in the tub of a spare bathroom. If it's Summer time and hot out, I've seen people claim they've had legs done in a couple hours.

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#11963 88 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Clanky Williams chime unit. It might need a PBR rebuild kit. Sometimes they sound a little better after a rebuild, but chimes ain't never gonna be bells.

My Big Deal chimes sounded more or less like someone throwing silverware down the driveway. After cleaning them up and using a rebuild kit from PBR - they sounded like clean silverware being thrown down a driveway.

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