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DONE DONE AND DONE ***first attempt at cabinet restoration(pinbot).


By cosmokramer

3 years ago



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#301 3 years ago

I'd also suggest the smaller metal stern type cabinet protectors.

http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=2711

#302 3 years ago

Monster Bashes are known for their cabinet wrinkling around the legs. Whoever restored mine used the smaller metal ones that are standard on new pins. I think they even come in plastic. Might want to consider the smaller ones as you did such a great job on the cabinet.

#303 3 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

This is the first time I have used these cab protectors, I don't like the way they look and will probably just remove them. I tried trimming them to make them look better but they still suck.

My light up ones would make the art work on the front sizzle.

#304 3 years ago

Looks amazing Cosmo!

I'm still finishing mine... but so far it looks like a piano!

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#305 3 years ago

Pretty much all done as far as the focus of this thread goes...the cab is complete and for all the challenges that arose I think it looks great.
Just need to slip in the playfield and light board, change out leg protectors, and start working out the issues that will pop up once I boot it up, also waiting for lift channel so until it arrives I am keeping the back glass safely in storage...I will post some wrap up pics when it is all lit up and playing, along with my project summary.
I just wanted to take this moment to thank everybody who helped with advice along the way, and also to those who supplied me with parts...I greatly appreciate the assistance...

some quick shots of completed cabinet
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#306 3 years ago

Beautiful job!

#307 3 years ago

That looks so bright and vibrant, I love it. Good job.

#308 3 years ago

Yep, very well done, an inspiration. I'm planning on starting my own first restoration this summer. I'll refer to this thread a ton!

#309 3 years ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

My light up ones would make the art work on the front sizzle.

They look great, I am looking forward to installing some on my IMVE, MET and SM.
However I dont think that is the look I am going for on this machine.

#310 3 years ago

O.T. That's a nice looking Dig-Dug you've got there.

#311 3 years ago

Very nice job you did on the cabinet. I have been following along from the begining.
You have inspired me to start on my Firepower cabinet.

#312 3 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

They look great, I am looking forward to installing some on my IMVE, MET and SM.
However I dont think that is the look I am going for on this machine.

I see.

#313 3 years ago

Great job! Came out nice.

#314 3 years ago

Damn... that is some NICE stencil artwork

#315 3 years ago

Bellisima

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#316 3 years ago

everything works 100% right out of the gate, got to play some games tonight...plays nice with the new flipper mechs

Pin Porn Pics...
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#317 3 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

everything works 100% right out of the gate, got to play some games tonight...plays nice with the new flipper mechs
Pin Porn Pics...

No THAT'S what we love to hear AND see. Well done sir.

#318 3 years ago

Great job and thx for sharing!

#319 3 years ago

Looks awesome!

#320 3 years ago

Congratulations, that is a beautiful pinbot. Looks fantastic.

#321 3 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

everything works 100% right out of the gate,

Must be nice.

#322 3 years ago

Did you cock up your boob job? =\

#323 3 years ago

No. Still have a few issues - mostly with mods. One switch problem. But in all fairness, when you do a cabinet restoration, that's usually not where you have playing issues when you fire it up again. When you tear the whole playfield down to each individual wire, you're asking for problems. But my boob job plays great, thanks!

#324 3 years ago

Well done!!!!! Boy does that shine.

#325 3 years ago
Quoted from cosmokramer:

everything works 100% right out of the gate, got to play some games tonight...plays nice with the new flipper mechs
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Congrats. I'd say open a bottle of Champagne but with this heat, it might just open itself.
The cabinet looks great and all those metal parts look nice and shiny.

#326 3 years ago

Kudos for getting it done Kramer! And thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us!

#327 3 years ago

Wow it really looks great -- awesome work!

#328 3 years ago

Man, please sell me that. Strong Work!

#329 3 years ago

looks great! Making me want to try it on my PinBot!

#330 3 years ago

was watching this thread since the beginning, you did a great job.

#331 3 years ago

Awesome job Cosmo! Looks amazing !!

#332 3 years ago

Very tasty. What's the story with the epoxy'ed quarter?

#333 3 years ago

History of quarter

Quoted from cosmokramer:

When I was tearing down the game I found a 1986 quarter stuck in the bottom rear of the cab. I was going to hold on to it and toss it back into the cab when this project is finished, only because the quarter is from 1986- same year as pinbot.

Instead I am using it to fill the top, bigger hole in coin door. Now it will always be with the game...
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Been out of town for a week, summary coming soon...

#334 3 years ago

This will be my last entry in this thread unless it is to answer any questions posted...I am going to post a summary here, it will take a few days for me to complete it but it will all be contained in this post eventually...

Overview:
Got a pinbot that was 100% working with a nice playfield but the cab had damage and paint peel...tore down game...repaired, primed, painted, stenciled then clear coated cabinet...tore down playfield, complete shop job lots of new parts...re assembled game.

This was my first attempt at doing any degree of restoration, some I did right the first time, some I did not...
here's some tips for those trying this for the first time...

Things I did right:

kept a good attitude
picked a great title to restore
took an incredible amount of pictures
took my time
asked questions
listened to responses to asked questions
researched unfamiliar tasks
had fun
used proper safety gear
labeled and separated parts with great detail
used pinball pimp stencils (accept no substitute)
made sure to have ample space to work
paid attention to detail
made sure a step was completed before moving on
had proper tools

Things I did wrong:

went into this project expecting close to perfection
paid too much for my base game (not that it wasn't worth what I paid I just wish I would have bought one in worse condition for less so I could have budgeted to install a new playfield and plastic set)
sprayed base coat too thin
sprayed stencil colors WAY too thick
didn't sand between stencil colors
dry sanded instead of wet sanded between stencil colors and between stencil and clear
changed spray gun mid project without spending ample time to get it dialed in
didn't do a thorough job masking before spraying stencil and got overspray
didn't check stencils for any sections that should have been "weeded" when cut but were missed

more to come...

#335 3 years ago

Nice!

#336 3 years ago

Not sure what one would call a good deal on a fairly decent Pinbot, but I just ran across one recently listed on Ebay. starting bid of $550.00 with no reserve. I'm sure a local from Pennsylvania will end up with it

#337 3 years ago

Great summary cosmo. Look forward to the rest.

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#338 3 years ago

Great job! Thanks for taking the time to share.

Mike

#339 3 years ago

This thread is amazing. Thank you for your time sharing all of this information with us.

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