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FT is home!


By NJGecko

7 years ago



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#1 7 years ago

Fish Tales just 'landed' here!

It's in the house. Tomorrow morning is the adventure....take the head off, wrangle it upstairs, reassemble it....and hope it all works

And, the fun part is that this is the one my wife wanted! She is even interested in helping shop it.

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#2 7 years ago

Welcome home.

Nice game.

LTG : )

#3 7 years ago

Classic game. Enjoy.

#4 7 years ago

Great pin!

#5 7 years ago

Nice! Do you have the red auto cast insert? Love my FT. Such a challenging game.

#6 7 years ago

Congrats! I got mine a few months ago and love it. Enjoy

Chris

#7 7 years ago

congrats!!!!

#8 7 years ago

Congrats on the FT pickup!!

#9 7 years ago

Nice catch. One my favorite games. I also like the giant wall clock.

#10 7 years ago

FT is always the lady killer! Enjoy it!

#11 7 years ago

you gonna talk??!? or are you gonna fish!

#12 7 years ago

Nice catch!

#13 7 years ago

Just curious, why are ou taking the head off? Is it because of a tight squeeze getting in a door or something. That's a lot of work and risk.

#14 7 years ago

Enjoy G ... and Mrs. T

B

#15 7 years ago

Sorry all...I was asleep
Gnatty, the head has got to come off to make the tight turn into my hallway and then to get up my steps. It's possible that we could get it up the steps as-is, but my staircase is only 1/2" wider than the head...so that's a tight squeeze. Not to mention it's just a bit too heavy for the wife and I to move together. So too heavy + no clearance is asking for un-necessary bumps and scrapes both to the wall and the machine. But I've got plenty of practice and can have a head pulled in probably a half hour. That's the price I pay for being able to have pins

mdelorenzo, my insert is green

Pinster...where the hell you been?

#16 7 years ago

Congrats on the game. I enjoy the hell out of mine, a challenging and fun game that keeps you comin back for more.

#17 7 years ago

All ready to move upstairs!

I guess I've done this enough times....from removing the translight to popping the head off...total time: 20 minutes. Including taking the time to label every connector!

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#18 7 years ago

make sure it does not see ANY sunlight if you want to keep it from getting faded more.

#19 7 years ago

Congrats, super fun Pin and the family loves it. Also getting harder and more expensive to buy...

#20 7 years ago

Whysnow, I know! I know that I've got some good fade going on but I also know it's better than some.

We will see what the staying power is on this game. If it's loved and looks to have a long life with me, I will probably put the time into it and throw in a CPR playfield and redecal the cabinet.

#21 7 years ago

They are all faded

Mine spent its ENTIRE life in a basement of a bar with NO windows and it still has some fade on one side from the overhead lights. I can 100% confirm it has only been it that location as i remember the day it showed up there when I was much younger.

The reds and oranges of all this era of cabs seems to fade super quickly with any amount of UV.

#22 7 years ago

Agreed. But the more of the reds/oranges in the art package, the more it's evident. It looks like it really shows up with FT and IJ more than others because they are predominantly orange. It's a shame, but it's funny that it's so common that people accept it without much issue. A faded IJ still commands a ton of money!

#23 7 years ago

Yeah I agree. I couldn't care less about cab fade. My concern is always the PF first and then the other game specific parts. After that, who cares so long as it plays

Now it is time to stop typing and go work on my FT resto. Have fun!

#24 7 years ago

Great game

#25 7 years ago

Good luck with the resto!

I'm just hanging out online until my wife wakes up to help me bring this upstairs.

#26 7 years ago

Nice score, Gecko! I've always wanted a FT.

#27 7 years ago
Quoted from NJGecko:

Sorry all...I was asleep
Gnatty, the head has got to come off to make the tight turn into my hallway and then to get up my steps. It's possible that we could get it up the steps as-is, but my staircase is only 1/2" wider than the head...so that's a tight squeeze. Not to mention it's just a bit too heavy for the wife and I to move together. So too heavy + no clearance is asking for un-necessary bumps and scrapes both to the wall and the machine.

I always remove the head when moving a pinball machine up or down stairs. It takes less then 20 minutes and it is much easier to move the machine. It turns a 3 man job into a 2 man job and you are much less likely to strain or permanently damage your back. Also, you are much less likely to damage the cabinet artwork or to dent the siderails. Another benefit is that it gives you a chance to take a close look at all of the connectors. On FT, for example, J121 is likely to have substantial heat damage and need attention.

#28 7 years ago

Done. Upstairs, head back on. Wife spent a few minutes and cleaned the topper. Tossed some LEDs into it so it should be good for a while.

I still need to reconnect all of the wires, but I want to hit the inside of the backbox with the vacuum and get it cleaned out before I do that. Time to get moving for the day of family stuff, so it's going to sit until tonight.

Man there are a LOT of lights in the backbox!

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#29 7 years ago

And I did park this next to the window...not worried about it fading much more at this point

#30 7 years ago

I knew by the coin door it was a reimport, but I think this picture confirms it!

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#31 7 years ago
Quoted from NJGecko:

I knew by the coin door it was a reimport, but I think this picture confirms it!

As long as it's not rusted from it's trip across the Pond, I wouldn't worry about it. That warning sign is actually pretty neat.

#32 7 years ago

Yea....she made the trip over OK. No rust, so that's good.

I should take a picture of the warning on the backbox...that's actually pretty neat!

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