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Funhouse Restore - Chrome and Mustard


By ncbk_br80

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

Recently finished up this FH restore. There are plenty of well documented Funhouse restorations out there, so I’ll post some of the highlights.

before and after shots...
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#2 4 years ago

Brought it home with this Elvira from a operators warehouse, it had ages of use.

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Buffed and polished the mounting back plate for the boards.
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Spacers for the mounting plate.
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#3 4 years ago

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Guess this Funhouse was made with a piece from another Funhouse.
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Brutally stained bottom.
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Upper right corner soaked all the through...reason for painting the bottom.
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The kid actually wanted to help for 5 mins, had to take an action shot while it lasted.
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#4 4 years ago

Every surface got a light coat of bondo, really evens out the texture and finish...but a mother to sand.
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Used bondo in the seams and corners like caulking, which came out nicely in painting.
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#5 4 years ago

Admittedly, the transformer might have been a little overboard...but what the hell, it looks sharp.
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New Chokes
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New backbox speakers and other painted pieces.
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#6 4 years ago

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Sample of some cable management, usually this area is a mess of wires...hard to see now.
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#7 4 years ago

Wow - looks great. More inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing!

#8 4 years ago

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Chrome back from Mike Chestnut
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Mechs polished and coils were cleaned and relabeled.
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Order in from Cliffy, bought a few other items which earned a free t-shirt...Great Products Thanks Cliff!
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#9 4 years ago

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Testing out the wired board in an existing Funhouse.
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...And now for the Mustard
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Cabinet done with painting and decals
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#10 4 years ago

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Cabinet back in the temporary paint booth for clear coating.
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#11 4 years ago

Didn’t like the look of the transformer against the yellow bottom, so using some plexiglass as a mounting plate. Spray painting one side black will give a nice mirror finish through the other side.
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#12 4 years ago

Final Testing
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Completely wired coin door.
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#13 4 years ago

Wired Backbox, sleeved ribbon cables, other connections run behind the boards...clean, clean.
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#14 4 years ago

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Now a permanent slot in the collection. Onto the next project, which happens to be another Funhouse which will be minus the chrome and mustard. Thanks for reading.

#15 4 years ago

Looks incredible man! Who knew how many months of work for both of us you were loading up that morning, huh? (I tackled restoring that Elvira, did the playfield, never did the cabinet.)

#16 4 years ago
Quoted from phuping:

Wow - looks great. More inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing!

Quoted from Aurich:

Looks incredible man! Who knew how many months of work for both of us you were loading up that morning, huh? (I tackled restoring that Elvira, did the playfield, never did the cabinet.)

Thanks, I was going to mention the Elvira in the back of the SUV now resides at Aurich's house, but didn't want to be a name dropper

#17 4 years ago
Quoted from BR80:

Recently finished up this FH restore.

Great work!
Dig the mustard...
-mof

#18 4 years ago

Christ! And I'm atheist ! Fricken insane ...

Peps in Cali stop at nothing ..

Love that cab , clear coat looks nutz!

#19 4 years ago

looks like rudy is very happy with his new home !!!

#20 4 years ago

Bravo excellent job!!!!

#21 4 years ago

Doesn't get any better than that. No matter who did the restoration.

#22 4 years ago

Awesome job looks fantastic

#23 4 years ago

Thanks again all, I tried to take a custom hot rod approach with the inside of the cabinet. Doubt some of the purists will dig some of the things, like the no triangles, removal of the coin box stuff, and the yellow bottom...but eh, I built it for myself.

Quoted from Dawson:

Christ! And I'm atheist ! Fricken insane ...
Peps in Cali stop at nothing ..
Love that cab , clear coat looks nutz!

Please don't hold my insanity against the whole state, although I did hold back a few detail pics knowing it would show my ocd for exposed wires.
For example -
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#24 4 years ago

I just started the playfield restoration on our Funhouse and figure the cabinet work will start as I let the first coats of clear properly cure. You have done fantastic work and have raised the bar for me. Thank you??

Questions, if you don't mind. I really like the shade of blue you used. Is that a custom mixed color or off the shelf? (rattle can or spray gun) Have you cleared over cabinet decals before? I'm wondering about long term durability, any clear lifting? What type of clear is it? I'm hoping to use PPS's next gen cabinet decals, btw.

Again, beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiration.

Art.

#25 4 years ago

lol, just noticed you chromed the tilt bob!

#26 4 years ago

so this is what a 10K plus funhouse looks like

#27 4 years ago

Absolutely amazing! You left no part unchromed, no wood unhardcoated. I'm in awe.

#28 4 years ago

Beautiful work. Mine won't be half as nice!

#29 4 years ago

Incredible work sir! You have mastered the art of pinball restoration.

#30 4 years ago

Wow, thanks again...wasn't expecting these kind of compliments. Yea, I definitely suffered from the affliction of ‘why-stop-there-itis’. It never ends, even now reviewing some of these photos I see a bulb that needs replacing, two missing washers, and a section that could have used a little more bondo. I consider myself still an amateur at this restoration game and a student of all the killer restore projects here on pinside. Just paid close attention to all the pro threads from Bryan Kelley ,Jim McCune, Chris Hutchins, and the countless other awesome FH restore threads (off the top of my head - Skypliot, NJGecko, dmacy, mof, evanshane, and yes even your’s beezleboob).
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For the paint color, I used a slight variation of the Lowe’s formula most everyone uses. It has an extra two shots of 2Y (blue) for a little darker tint. I used the Phoenix Arcade Decals from Darin, so not sure if the PPS Next Gen decals will match the color. I picked Darin’s decals over PPS because somebody had posted a picture of a few registration errors with the new ones (not sure if that’s still a problem). Darin is running out, but right now still has them listed on his website. The picture of the Lowe’s labels show an awkward version of the formula, which I can explain...but it would hurt my head. For this batch, they mixed 102-4y, 113-5, 115-26.5 (the bottom label), then added the top label 102-15.5 for the extra blue tint). The paint was semi-gloss interior Base C Valspar Signature and I used a HF $11 purple gun and craiglist air compressor for both the paint and clear.
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As far as the clear-coat, used PPG Shopline 830 and medium hardener 8380. Didn't use any reducer because of sticker shock, but in retrospect...it might have made the clear lay a little better. It’s far from a show quality 2PAC job, but that wasn't the goal. This Funhouse will be on the corner of a high traffic area, lots of kids will be around this machine and to avoid future prison time, I cc’d the cab for protection...added bonus no need to worry about UV fading. I put on the pinball life metal cab protectors underneath the legs, so shouldn't be any lifting. If it takes any futures dings, it can be repaired by wet sanding...which sounds better than me doing 20 to life upstate.

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#32 4 years ago
Quoted from BR80:

As far as the clear-coat, used PPG Shopline 830 and medium hardener 8380. Didn't use any reducer because of sticker shock, but in retrospect...it might have made the clear lay a little better. It’s far from a show quality 2PAC job, but that wasn't the goal.

You'd be surprised how well the spraymax 2k works.

#33 4 years ago

Nicest Funhouse on the planet, i am sure. Great work!

#34 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful restoration.

#35 4 years ago

Most of us can only dream of doing this kind of restore. The cabinet alone is a labour of love. Did you replace any boards? They look very good.

#36 4 years ago

Amazing. The blue and red shooter rods are a nice touch too!

#37 4 years ago

Stunning, gorgeous, and amazing. Nice work sir.

Chris

#38 4 years ago

Beautiful game. The mustard is cool instead of everything blue.

#39 4 years ago
Quoted from thedefog:

You'd be surprised how well the spraymax 2k works.

He's seen it, that's what I used on the Elvira I got from him.

#40 4 years ago

Wow. Sweeter than mine. Excellent work. Beautifully done.

#41 4 years ago

You should have chestnut chrome a hotdog and put it in the game.

#42 4 years ago

BUT, how does it play?

#43 4 years ago

You are very talented Biff.

#44 4 years ago
Quoted from reynolds531:

Did you replace any boards? They look very good.

Boards were all good, just cleaned them up a bit. The batteries holders weren't solid, but was switching to a remote pack anyway.
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Quoted from oldskool1969:

BUT, how does it play?

This sounds like a dig at ‘style over substance’. I get that...So Cal has a reputation, but real Westside LA style would be overpaying for a base model and sending it off for somebody else to restore. This Funhouse plays like a speed demon now (almost too fast for me). I tried to be as meticulous with the gameplay as the cabinet. Along with the playfield being tested twice (as pictured above), here's a few more hardware shots. Rebuilt Flipper mechs, new pop bumpers & slings, replaced coil sleeves, new cherry switches...yada yada.
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Little foam strips under the slings, quieting the kickback and protecting the wood.
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Mostly black cable ties and clamps, no worries about future yellowing.
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#45 4 years ago

You didn't happen to make a count of all the switches you got (and diodes)? I've got to do some shopping for those parts, and you'd save me a lot of time!

#46 4 years ago

Your attention to detail on the smallest things is very impressive. Hats off to you for a stellar job.

#47 4 years ago

The quality of the work looks great, the choices of what was done on the other hand not so much.

#48 4 years ago

Have a hot dog

#49 4 years ago

Awesome...hoping someday before I get too old that I'll have a damn house and space to do this kind of stuff. Maybe I'd keep a game after putting this kind of work into it.

#50 4 years ago
Quoted from beelzeboob:

You didn't happen to make a count of all the switches you got (and diodes)? I've got to do some shopping for those parts, and you'd save me a lot of time!

Ordered 30 of these cherry switches and had just a couple leftover.
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=830
http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=173
Can't recall how many other switches were needed, but not many, less than 3 or 4 total.

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