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Funhouse. Heard of it!? -- Complete!!

By Aeolus7

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#151 6 years ago

Now that my playfield is back, let's pick up the pace, shall we?

Spent my early morning hours regraining & buffing ball guides and other metal pieces too big to tumble.

I picked up a packet of sandpaper from Amazon ranging from 400-3000 grit. Low to high and "with the grain," finishing on the buff wheel - Tedious, but effective.

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Picked up a few new tools at Harbor Freight. Since space is a premium in my workshop, everything is mini. Could definitely use a larger wheel at some point, but this is a neat unit for small pieces. The vice/anvil will be handy all around, but used in the short term for setting rivets.
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Just when I was hitting a rhythm, the sound of tiny footsteps approached. And Saturday AM was spent building Lego robots instead
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1 week later
#152 6 years ago

Finally, a grown up rotisserie. I don't have time or the metalworking skills to build my own. I powered through with the tall C-clamps in previous swaps, but this I suspect will be much smoother!

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#153 6 years ago

Happy Saturday. Finally tracked down a new set of Rudy eyes. Thank you mac622 for hooking me up. Great guy to deal with.

Got up early this morning, touched up Rudy's lips and reassembled. My touch up turned out pretty well. The lips are perhaps a touch dark as are the repro eyelids. But overall, Rudy is looking much healthier than when I brought him home.

The hair and rosy cheeks are still in good shape. Contemplating adding a touch of clear for a little shine.
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#154 6 years ago

Before:

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After:

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Rudy recap:

* Sanded, clearcoated wood base
* tumbled metal parts
* cleaned, rebuilt coils with new wrappers
* cleaned parts in ultrasonic cleaner
* replaced eyes & eyelids
* repainted lips

1 week later
#155 6 years ago

If something doesn't seem quite right, it probably isn't. Case in point: I put my 26-1200 coil assemblies back together I wound up with one assembly that did not Have the correct coil stop. I traced it all the way back to the ball eject where I installed a pass-through instead of a stop. When I did it, I was wondering: how does the coil sleeve not break here? It must be correct. Do'h!

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#156 6 years ago

It's the little things. Made possible by clear shrink tubing & a trusty heat gun

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#157 6 years ago

Okay, no more messing around. Dinner's ready, movie queued. Time for the home stretch.

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The dreaded POP BUMPER SCREWS actually went pretty smoothly this time around. Marco & newer CPR playfield have pre-recessed holes, so no counter sink required. However, most of the holes are undersized. I used dremel bits to cut the clear and gradually larger drill bits until the hole was large enough to fit the fin shanks without blunt force. Then, i just had to cover the screws with a block of wood and gently tap. I put painters tape around the block of wood for added scratch protection.

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T-Nuts. Same concept, cut the clear, drill until hole is large enough

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#158 6 years ago

I love populating playfields. I usually enjoy this part the most, and I think I did here, though in retrospect it was stressful. I was very paranoid about making a mistake with such a beautiful playfield, all compounded by FH being my favorite game. Unfortunately, my paranoia didn't help me! I made a couple of mistakes. Every time I did, I walked away, took a few deep breaths, and learned from it.

This game has a wicked clearcoat. So the topside installing was extremely tedious. On 2-3 occasions I didn't did cut enough (thought I did) and the clear separated slightly in the spot under the post. I shot the inside perimeter of the hole with a tiny dab of thin super glue down installed the post. Frustrating, though completely hidden from view when posts installed. The one I cried about was a drill slip by the slingshots. It put a tiny nick in the yellow section in the clear by the left slingshot.

That was a big mistake, but overall I'm improving. Hey, I'm not a professional, though I hope to get there someday with my skills as I love doing this. For now, this is supposed to be fun!

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#159 6 years ago

Once I got past the frustration, fun was restored (no pun intended). New for me was a rebuild of the standup targets. Turned out really nice. I used new plastics, riveted them, replaced foam backing, tumbled the steel, polished the switch and bracket metal with Flitz tumbler additive, and used screws/nuts for the switches. That in itself was an adventure a I kept order the wrong nuts for the screws I had. After two attempts, I just went to Home Depot and bought the new screws and nuts together. Should've done that in the first place or better yet, use the long rivets. But I couldn't bring myself to wait for another shipment of only rivets

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#160 6 years ago

More rebuilding -- plastics new, metal tumbled, freshly riveted with a punch set and my vice/anvil and nothing broken or scratched from the process. Again, used painters tape on the anvil to protect scratching. Phew!

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#161 6 years ago

Hard to believe it’s been 6 months since I finished my Funhouse. Between work, family, and just playing my games, I haven’t even posted AFTER photos. What’s wrong with me? After finishing the game, and adjusting switches, I only had one small, silly hiccup: had the opto connectors swapped under the playfield. It now plays & looks like a dream and still looks great after 6 months of play! Thanks for all the help & encouragement. I learned a lot in the process and am already working on the next one (coming soon...). Hope you enjoyed the thread.

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#163 6 years ago

This is great, and reading through all the steps you took reminded me of the journey I just went through restoring a Monster Bash. Same worries, same cursing myself when I slipped with the dremel. My game has a very thick clear coat as well, so I had to sand down t-nut holes, drill holes larger, etc. Very scary! Awesome work you did here. I hope to restore a funhouse the same way some day!

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/first-restore-mb#post-4269630

#164 6 years ago

Man, that looks great. Amazing job.

#165 6 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

This is great, and reading through all the steps you took reminded me of the journey I just went through restoring a Monster Bash. Same worries, same cursing myself when I slipped with the dremel. My game has a very thick clear coat as well, so I had to sand down t-nut holes, drill holes larger, etc. Very scary! Awesome work you did here. I hope to restore a funhouse the same way some day!
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/first-restore-mb#post-4269630

Thank you! Just subscribed to your MB thread. Great work so far. After my first major swap, I vowed never do it again. Here I am with another on the way. If you can stomach the occasional failure, it’s fun & rewarding, even addicting.

#166 6 years ago
Quoted from Aeolus7:

Thank you! Just subscribed to your MB thread. Great work so far. After my first major swap, I vowed never do it again. Here I am with another on the way. If you can stomach the occasional failure, it’s fun & rewarding, even addicting.

I said the EXACT same thing when I first finished the play field. The cabinet and decals were far more difficult I think, in hindsight. I don’t really have the space or equipment required

Now I’m thinking I need to do a funhouse!!

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#167 6 years ago

Thanks for bringing us along for the ride. I'm starting a restoration of my own, so I'm trying to learn from everyone else's journeys. You did a fantastic job.

#168 6 years ago
Quoted from bbhenry2000:

Thanks for bringing us along for the ride. I'm starting a restoration of my own, so I'm trying to learn from everyone else's journeys. You did a fantastic job.

Thanks, I had fun on this. Each one gets a little easier and I enjoy it more each time. Feel free to hit me up if you have questions on your restore. I’m not a pro, but can at least tell why or how I did certain things. Or even what I’ve learned the hard way

#169 6 years ago
Quoted from Aeolus7:

Thanks, I had fun on this. Each one gets a little easier and I enjoy it more each time. Feel free to hit me up if you have questions on your restore. I’m not a pro, but can at least tell why or how I did certain things. Or even what I’ve learned the hard way ?

Thank you so much and I will.

#170 6 years ago

Care to share your logic on removing the wiring (switches, coils, lamps, etc) from the bottom side?

Did you work your way around doing everything? (seems like it follows a logical path)

or did you just pick one at a time (start with switches? coils? etc)

This is where I am at with mine and I am finding this part a bit overwhelming for a first timer.

#171 6 years ago
Quoted from arcadenerd925:

Care to share your logic on removing the wiring (switches, coils, lamps, etc) from the bottom side?
Did you work your way around doing everything? (seems like it follows a logical path)
or did you just pick one at a time (start with switches? coils? etc)
This is where I am at with mine and I am finding this part a bit overwhelming for a first timer.

Sure, you have coil, lamp, and switch harnesses as you said. I remove one harness at a time, starting with coils. Typically I work from top to bottom. Some people cut wires, some desolder, some leave coils attached. I cut and leave a small amount of wire on the end of the lugs for reference. Take tons of pics and good idea to label as you go. For labels, I use a alpha numeric system (A-Z for coils), S1, S2, S3... for switches, L1, L2, L3... for lamps. Label, take a photo, and remove.

You can also mark locations with a pencil on the playfield. It can be tricky to depend on that if your plan includes restoring the underside of the playfield. On the game I’m working on now, I am cleaning, sanding, and clearing the underside of the playfield, so I focused more on taking photos that included the label.

#172 6 years ago

Nice work! In the middle of mine. did you put mylar in the pop bumpers?

#173 6 years ago
Quoted from Elicash:

Nice work! In the middle of mine. did you put mylar in the pop bumpers?

Curious about this as well, I did buy some Mylar sheets from Kruzman (When i bought his install kit) so I am planning to go ahead and mylar the pops and ball drops. But curious what others did.

#174 6 years ago
Quoted from Elicash:

Nice work! In the middle of mine. did you put mylar in the pop bumpers?

No, but in retrospect I probably should have. It might be overkill but piece of mind is good. Even with the epic clearcoat, Ron recommends Mylar. I ended up placing some on ball drops, switches, under the trap door.

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