Moved from the F-14 paint strip topic. This is a total tear down and restore. I will be doing PF as well. It is a NOS PF I am going to clear coat. So stay tuned, there will be plenty of F ups and hopefully someone will learn from my mistakes! Lol
Little update. Oh and be sure you router the right side of the the board
Oh well deff a learning curve!!!!
Used 5/8ths crown staples and wood glue on back of cabinet. Also had to replace the piece on the bottom of front of cab. Prob got destroyed from moving around. Will belt sand after it is done drying.
Been busy but here is a couple updates pics. Homemade paint booth, head is ready for final sand and paint. Cab is still in sanding process.
First coat of paint on head. Getting excited and still have a long way to go! Can anyone guess what my New Years resolution is? Lol
Looking really good !! but holy cow that is either a new and improved yellow beacon light lens or it spent a lot of time in a chain smokers house ! lol
Yeah not real sure about the yellow beacon. This machine has traveled I know that much. 3 different amusement company stickers on it when I first got it. I think it started in Texas.
Been super busy with work!!!! Have not had time to work on F-14. Have not even been on pinside for what seems like forever!!! Short update, Head is ready for decals, need to cut some inside braces for corner joints on cab. Install those and cab will be ready to prime. Need to get a tumbler for parts so I can clean those up and start putting head back together.
Coin door stripped ready for blasting and then blue powder coat.
Some more bolts painted.
Cleaned up wire harness and coin mechs
Thanks for the idea Bryan Kelly!
Some more parts cleaned up, bolts painted and lamp door for head.
Still a ways away but hope to be moving along a little faster since it's warm.
That pile in the corner still needs to be done!
Got some time this week and weekend so I shall continue.
1st coat primer and sand done on inside cab. Found two problem spots will cut out and fix.
Finished getting beacon assembly together.
Oh and a pic of my cabinet, just cause!
Outside of head is done. Will start on ground braid next. All new going in since it is reasonably cheap. And yes the decal is not perfectly lined up. But it looks damn good! Still in the decision making stage of clear coating the head and cab though!
It's going well. Still missing some parts so that's gonna slow me down. But there's always something else to work on.
Coming along. Ground braid in and most boards in. Waiting on bolts to dry then install translit lights door.
Ok warmed up enough to prime again! Freaking Illinois weather!!!!
Warming it up a little more, maybe get it sanded this evening.
Cab inside is black and looks good. One spot shy will sand and repaint coin box area. If the red turns out good, will do it to the board that holds the transformer ( part that will shock you) lol.
I am also moving along on the head. Still trying to find brackets for the display to mount on speaker panel.
And yes the back of the light board is going to stay original. Because it's mine and I say so! Lol
What brand and type of paint are you using? I'll be following in your footsteps on my cab this summer.
I use the nason single stage paint for pinball stuff as it's easy for me to work with. It covers well and shines enough for me. Since most of the cab and head that is seen will be covered by decals. I do use rattle cans on some stuff since a quart of paint is not cheap. I also use the harbor freight paint guns and have 3 of them. Since those are cheap and work decent enough. 1 for each different type of application. Prime,paint, and clear coat.
Got back to working on cab finally. Primed it on sat. Sanded and painted on Wednesday. Forgot to take pics last night. But I will tonight.
Removed masking tape. Little sanding dust in there. Had to make hole bigger for power wire.
Any who, will be sanding areas for decals with 800 then to the house! Yay
Will be tearing down plastic and putting up new for the clear coating of PF.
This is my first total restore. Lots of credit will be given at the end (pinside bros).
But it's a fun game,wife loves it, and I sank to much into it! It's staying!!!
Some more before pics. Since the wife is sleeping and cannot be installing ground braid. Ran across these as i was going through the many pics i took before and during tear down!
Decals don't line up. Where'd you get those from? I got a set from retro refurbs that was way off (all sides were way too big- not scaled correctly) and they replaced them for me.
Yes my decals do not line up. I think partially my fault and part manufacture.
If I would have lined up the thick red strip from front to sides. The lower white and red stripes would have been to low. But also the upper white lines should be below the side rails.
I am good with it. It is small as no one really can see both sides. But it is my first resto so it's a learning experience.
real nice work,
and wanted to comment on the decal alignment and I did the original art that Planetary (& Bay Area Amusements) are using and can assure you and others that it was designed to be even (sides in relation to the front) and the stripes to sit under the rail. The photos of the custom set is a guy in the UK that we got permission to do a one off set.
Have it up on legs now. Installed the standoffs so the decals are protected. Still working the ground braid and slowly putting cab back together. Will be getting the flipper fidelity speakers for it soon.
I also measured the stripes at the bottom on both sides of cab and they are a solid 1 inch all the way around. At least I got that right! Lol
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