(Topic ID: 147003)

Grand Prix EM Restoration


By lmcdonald111

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

This Grand Prix is our second one.
I sold my nicer one to a friend.

My wife asked why I sold her favorite !
This this complete restoration !

Pulled out of a church in Springfield MO.
1. The metal was rusted - almost all metal has been sanded and buffed to a mirror finish.

2. Playfield worn- complete restoration

3. Cabinet was delaminated - soaked in glue, sanded, bondo and restenciled. Three applications of clear coat.

Still work to do.
Newest pictures are first.

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#2 3 years ago

Looking very nice! Nothing better than a Grand Prix with juiced spinners

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#3 3 years ago

Finished and in game room!

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#4 3 years ago

That's hand polished original metal not chrome !

#5 3 years ago

Looks great!

#6 3 years ago
Quoted from lmcdonald111:

That's hand polished original metal not chrome !

Wow, let me know when you want to sell this beauty and restore another....just amazing.

#7 3 years ago

Amazing work!

#8 3 years ago

The siderails, lockdown bar and coin door look absolutely amazing! What materials / process did you use to obtain that mirror finish? I am a 'Clean / Shiny' freak, so if I am able to do the same for my machines, I will gladly invest the time / effort to do so.

#9 3 years ago

I think I posted a link in the Grand Prix threads to the system we used.

Compounds and a grinding wheel with pads.

We replaced the lockdown bar and reciever with new. The bar hasn't been polished yet.

Much to my amazement I told my wife a few people were interested in buying her machine.

She said she'd sell it for the right price.

I guess my girl loves Shoes more than pinball !

#10 3 years ago
Quoted from lmcdonald111:

I think I posted a link in the Grand Prix threads to the system we used.
Compounds and a grinding wheel with pads.
We replaced the lockdown bar and reciever with new. The bar hasn't been polished yet.
Much to my amazement I told my wife a few people were interested in buying her machine.
She said she'd sell it for the right price.
I guess my girl loves Shoes more than pinball !

How about a shoe themed pinball LOL?

#11 3 years ago

Yea that's it.
Both of best worlds pinball and shoes lol

#12 3 years ago

Incredible. Looks better than new. Well done!

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#13 3 years ago

Whom did the playfield restoration? Looks amazing!

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#15 3 years ago

Damn... my stencils look Fabulous! NICE JOB! I remember loving this machine as a kid back in the 70's at the 5 & 10 store

#16 3 years ago

Yes those stencils are great
The line up system makes it simple.

The quality and service from Pinball Pimp is stellar.

Looking forward to the next project and your stencils :
Williams Pitch and Bat

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#17 2 years ago

Last of the metal is polished

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#18 2 years ago

All but done !

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#19 2 years ago

Just stunning...thanks for sharing

#20 2 years ago

Looks incredible ... What kind of buffing wheel do you have ?

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#21 2 years ago

If you are going to Texas Pinball Festival I am bringing the restored Grand Prix for all to enjoy.

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#22 2 years ago

Winner at Texas Pinball Festival.

It was great fun watching generations of players enjoy it.

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#23 2 years ago

Congratulations. That's a beautiful machine.

#24 2 years ago

Thanks for bringing it. Looked and played fantastic.

#25 2 years ago

Thank you it was great fun.

I had the chance to play it with several people and watch many others play it.

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