After several years of benefitting from Pinside posters like Vid, PMD (mof), High_end_pins, Honda350r, as well as many others, it is time to hopefully give back a little. The goal in giving back is to inspire someone to go one step further in their own project(s), vicariously enjoy the process of restoration without the headaches, and selfishly to learn from those who will post ideas along the way and their encouraged.
Many of the amazing restorations on Pinside have illuminated my imagination to some of the possibilities. Without the online community and my local community (identified along the way), this restoration or any for that matter would not have happened. Thanks!
A little back story might help since I am pretty anonymous to the Pinside community. I am a private collector and do my own restores (with help) for my personal therapy, enjoyment of the process (dreaming, creating, planning, collaborating, sharing a beer, FINISHING, etc.), and the love of pinball. My day job is as a psychotherapist and professor. I don't have all the tools nor the expertise (gaining along the way) but I love learning and pushing my glass ceilings.
My first project was a playfield swap of Sterns Dracula. I learned a great deal on this project. Patience, not panicking, expect complications, and the infamous it is all back together but not working. I had accidentally drilled through a wire harness. Took forever to discover and felt like the village idiot when I did find it. Since then I have completed a Harlem Globetrotters, Whirlwind, Firepower, and Sinbad each time doing a little more.
Every time I do a project I try and push myself. This project is my most ambitious one yet. Like all the others so far none turned out perfect but good enough.
So here we go:
Thanks to Pat Choy at endless pinball for finding me the donor game! It had been routed for many years and appeared to have never been waxed or cleaned.