Backstory: I purchased my funhouse about a year ago. I had played it at the Pacific Pinball Museum here in the bay area and thought it was fun, but IJ and a few other pins were higher on my wish list. However, my wife LOVED it and it was tops on her list. After picking up a nice TZ, she asked about considering a FH next.. who am I to say no to this? lol.
I found a nice "sample" game from some really friendly fellow pinsiders. Cab was in pretty decent shape, but the decals could definitely use some love. PF was in good shape considering its age. It was also diamond plated and had the original mylar on it. Rudy worked 100% but I had to test manually with the glass pulled activating various switches (early rom, so no rudy tests). Plastics in fairly decent shape, and new ramps.
Fast forward to today.. FH is probably the game I play most out of my collection. It's simple but challenging. The theme, sounds, callouts are all timeless. It's just an all around blast to play. I was not expecting this.
For me, FH is a keeper. I had been eyeing new repro PF's from mirco ever since I saw them at PAGG last year in a vendor booth. Wifey decide to pick one up for Xmas so it looks like this will be my first restoration.
I have read through countless other FH restoration threads so I am hoping to learn as much as possible before I start my own journey.
At this point, I am just kinda putting the overall plan together: What I plan to do, what needs to be replaced/bought/polished/fixed and just the over all how-to's that I need to know. I am generally decently handy both physically, electrically and mechanically.
My plan is to do this in two phases. PF swap and then later, cab restoration.
Any and all help, tips, suggestions, warnings and/or guidance is appreciated!
This will be slow moving at first since I am still in the planning phase. But once I have that nailed down and replacement parts in hand, I am hoping to move quickly.