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Filthy Dirty TFTC (Restore Project)


By fattrain

7 years ago



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#1 7 years ago

So this is the TFTC Prototype I picked up from the warehouse deal.

As you can see from the pics it is FILTHY!

Everything top side needs full teardown and tumbling of the hardware (slight corrosion) but the underside of the playfield looks brand new!

A few scuffs and wood chunks missing around the cab but all that will get putty, filled, painted....

All in all I plan to document most of it on this thread.

So let's start at the beginning right now with some "dirty pics" lol.

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#2 7 years ago

One More after I wiped down a section with my finger....

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#3 7 years ago

Wow...impressive...uh...ya...
Makes sense though, how many "clean" crypts have your seen.

Oh, and just some advice...you should probably get some new rubbers and a few lights...

#4 7 years ago

Some people will look at that and see junk. I see opportunity! What a fun project... keep us posted!

#5 7 years ago

Holy crap... and I thought OUR game was filthy!

#6 7 years ago

The dirt hopefully protected the playfield nicely

#7 7 years ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Some people will look at that and see junk. I see opportunity! What a fun project... keep us posted!

The main reason I got it was because it was a prototype and you don't see them very often (inserts in the top of the head, slightly different art here and there).

Quoted from jwwhite15:

Oh, and just some advice...you should probably get some new rubbers and a few lights...

Ha! But that's only after I finish going through every board and plug in the game and actually get the balls to fire this thing up

#8 7 years ago
Quoted from johnwartjr:

The dirt hopefully protected the playfield nicely

Sure did. The Drop hole looks like it has virtually NO wear. Something tells me the game was maintained pretty nicely on location and then all the dirt just came from the last decade sitting in the warehouse when no one was playing it.

P.S. I'm sure i'll be hitting you for roms for 4 games pretty soon

Get your Rom burner ready for Twister, DW, R&B, & TFTC hehe

#9 7 years ago

The tombstone on "mine" is wobbly, like it's not secured correctly or something. Haven't had a chance to look at it up close. Maybe you can find out how it's mounted?

#10 7 years ago

whoa...haha..very dirty. Looks to be in good shape though! No broken plastics? When you get it all running, get the flipper finger mod from ebay. Only 20 bucks and I think it looks sweet!

#11 7 years ago

Was that Hopsons? I swear I've seen that one kicking around before waiting for a brave soul to take it on. You da man, Justin! Loves me a nice TFTC

#12 7 years ago

Add some mouse poop, and that's pretty much exactly how mine looked 2 years ago. It cleaned up nice, I'm sure yours will too. I didn't tumble anything though - just pretty much cleaned it up and got it working. I learned my way around the game pretty good in the process, so if you run into any issues, let me know. Have fun!

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#13 7 years ago

Those rubbers look fine, no need to replace

#14 7 years ago

Which ones are you talking about? The slingshot rings have large cracks.

#16 7 years ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

think he was joking

#17 7 years ago
Quoted from Crash:

Which ones are you talking about? The slingshot rings have large cracks.

So when your wife ages and gets cracks in her face you going to just replace her too?

#18 7 years ago

Awe, the joys of pinside

#19 7 years ago
Quoted from dlbuller:

whoa...haha..very dirty. Looks to be in good shape though! No broken plastics? When you get it all running, get the flipper finger mod from ebay. Only 20 bucks and I think it looks sweet!

I didnt like those cause they were just stickers. I put in the scared stiff flipper bats in mine. Looks pretty good.

Quoted from centerflank:

So when your wife ages and gets cracks in her face you going to just replace her too?

WTF, of course!

#20 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

WTF, of course!

Ive asked around if upgrading to a newer model is cost efficient and it just isnt, apparently its also frowned upon by your friends older models too....

#21 7 years ago

Wow looks like it was kept in a crypt! Good luck with the restoration.

Can we see pics of the proto backbox inserts and alternate artwork?

#22 7 years ago
Quoted from videobrain:

Can we see pics of the proto backbox inserts and alternate artwork?

As soon as I start ripping into this thing there will be plenty of pics to come

#23 7 years ago

This thing screams Treasure Cove!!!

#24 7 years ago

Still in better shape than my dw!

When do we start? !?!?!

#25 7 years ago

Mine was dirty but not that dirty. Cleaned up nice and looks great with LED's

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#26 7 years ago

Clear coat over the dust, and add a ton of cobwebs all over it, I think you may be on to something then

#27 7 years ago
Quoted from Don1:

Clear coat over the dust, and add a ton of cobwebs all over it, I think you may be on to something then

HA! I like it!

Quoted from dsuperbee:

Still in better shape than my dw!
When do we start? !?!?!

Tonight?

#28 7 years ago
Quoted from BowlingJim:

Mine was dirty but not that dirty. Cleaned up nice and looks great with LED's

jvespoint,
How long does it take to install LED's? Im contemplating getting it done on mine but am curious as to the cost and labor involved?

#29 7 years ago

On TFTC it was a little more difficult because the GI lights are stapled on the bottom of the playfield. I had to take off a lot of things from the top. I think it took me a couple of hours but it was well worth the effort. I think it looks great with the blue.

I used the cheaper bulbs that Pinballlife sells so it was probably around $25-$35 for the whole game.

#30 7 years ago

I think we need 100's of pictures documenting this..

#31 7 years ago

Are you going to do some video of this as you go along? Like how many shop rags and bottles of Novus it will take to get that playfield presentable?

#32 7 years ago
Quoted from Crash:

Are you going to do some video of this as you go along? Like how many shop rags and bottles of Novus it will take to get that playfield presentable?

HA! Answer = A Lot!

I will try and take as many pictures and videos as I can.

Here's my "plan of attack":

1. Air Compressor off as much crap and dust top side as I can.
2. A lightly moist towel (or 10) to get off most of the dirt layers.
3. Then probably a little simple green on a rag (or similar) around the PF.
4. Then apply Novus 2

Then I want to get it up and running, check all switches, lights e.t.c.

Then tear it all down and do the REAL restore/re-build.

#33 7 years ago

I also know the very person, close friend actually who has the original resin cast of that door knocker and the mold to make more Working on getting it to Justin.

#34 7 years ago

Congrats Justin! Looks like a great find Looks to me like you need to buy one of those 65 dollar eprom burns I posted from ebay a while back.. you are getting into the big leagues!

#35 7 years ago

Congrats not-so-FatTrain.

Robert

#36 7 years ago
Quoted from fattrain:

HA! Answer = A Lot!
I will try and take as many pictures and videos as I can.
Here's my "plan of attack":
1. Air Compressor off as much crap and dust top side as I can.
2. A lightly moist towel (or 10) to get off most of the dirt layers.
3. Then probably a little simple green on a rag (or similar) around the PF.
4. Then apply Novus 2
Then I want to get it up and running, check all switches, lights e.t.c.
Then tear it all down and do the REAL restore/re-build.

I'd be careful that you get the dirt out of all the components before you do much more.

#37 7 years ago

Oh My, you have a lot of elbow grease needed on that puppy. Good Luck my man !

#38 7 years ago

Here is a prize winning pic of the fun I'll be up against....

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#39 7 years ago

NICE!!! Looks like fun to me. Your on a timeline btw...expect to play it in a couple weeks!

#40 7 years ago

Here's a pic of the hot dog cut outs in the head
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#41 7 years ago

Mmmm, looks like someone took a can of spray foam and went nuts! What's the green light in the backbox anyway? Looks like someone was trying to show off their pimped out 20 year old powerhouse computer.

#42 7 years ago

Proto lighting for the topper. Most cool.

#43 7 years ago

Really, wow, I want to see the rest. I never picked up the original topper for my TFTC (when I had it set up) because it woud not fit with my gameroom ceiling.

#44 7 years ago

Pics of Dirt, Door Knocker, & Head Cut Outs

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#45 7 years ago

Corrosion Fun Times!!!

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#46 7 years ago

And a quick video (HD) showing the dirt!

(My can of compressed air sucked since it didn't have the straw but you get the overall idea of filth from the lighting on the playfield, haha)

#47 7 years ago

Looks like a fun project...still want to pick up a TFTC someday!

#48 7 years ago

Great pics, thanks. Wish mine had the inserts in the backbox! Looks like your knocker head is a resin test cast from the final mold. Pretty crazy that they would send a machine out with that on! One playfield difference I noticed from mine in the video is the writing under the captive ball, could you take a pic of that area please?

#49 7 years ago

Here is the original resin cast full mouth knocker and the mold for the current one.
There was if i remember 3 variations on the knocker. This one has longer hair than Justin's.

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#50 7 years ago

I am fairly certain my TFTC is a prototype or sample. Don't have the green hotdogs though.

Here are some details that lead me to believe this;

The playfield mode lettering is different. Fonts and labels are not what you'll typically see.

No backbox warning lettering. I don't think it was ever painted over.

Speaker grills are black. I've since replaced them with the standard artistic ones.

No buy-in button. No cutout or indication it was supposed to have one.

The scoop playfield cutout is larger than standard. I realized this after I tried to install a Cliffy.

The guy I bought it from was a designer for Gameworks. Specifically the one in Chicagoland. He mentioned he got it directly from DataEast. I'm assuming, just like Stern, usee GameWorks as thier local test location.

Here are some pics.

https://picasaweb.google.com/103709188511291212724/TFTC#
https://picasaweb.google.com/103709188511291212724/TftcUploads#

Jeff

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